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About the Course
Are you thinking of starting your own small leather goods business, or just starting out as a hobby and happy to see where your new skills lead you?
Our Two day practical skills workshop is aimed at beginners interested in gaining a good understanding of the leather working skills & techniques used in making a variety of small leather goods.
We do have some flexibility on the dates, so do email us if you don't see dates you can attend.
The workshop will run once booked, so may have either 1 person, or up to a maximum of 3 people depending on the number of bookers per workshop.
The aim over the 14 hours is to save you.... and move you on at least a year of you trying to figure out all of the who, what, where, when, why of working with leather.
You'll be pleased to hear you won't be saddle stitching for 14 hours solid! Over the two days you'll be making 2 or 3 items, such as a 1 or 2 slot card holder, and a belt or folio, these small items will show you the different skills/techniques that you can then use or scale up later at your own pace.
You will also cover and practice the following, either in making your items or as separate tasks;
Tanned leather types - assess leather for intended use.
How to select/buy your leathers
UK Leather Merchants/Finishers/Tanneries and swatch samples of leather types.
Hand stitched thread types and needles - waxing - saddle stitch and wrap stitch for watch straps etc.
Hand cutting tools - Pattern cutting - Formers
Small batch production cutting
Bevelling - Skiving - Splitting - Creasing - Burnishing
Rivet types, eyelets and hardware closure options and setting tools.
Leather lace cutting
All belt and strap cutting hand tools.
Logo's - Deboss and hot foil (if you provide your logo artwork 3 weeks prior to your workshop date we can have your logo plate ready for you to use on the day (small charge depending on size) or we can post it on to you later.
Online presence - Webshop options.
Bag design, and how to start pattern making.
You’ll be shown and encouraged to practice using the various traditional and modern leather working tools on off-cuts of leather to build your familiarity and confidence.
You'll also receive a detailed info pack on each day summarising everything covered in the 2 days along with info on where you can buy your leathers, tools and hardware in the UK so you can take your new skills forward at your own pace, along with current e-commerce website options to build your own website, and afterwards can contact anytime for further queries as you develop your designs/skills.
Thank you, Richard Williamson
Parking is free in our road and surrounding roads. The nearest public transport is Hanwell Railway Station (8 minutes walk) and 12 minutes ride from Paddington Station. Or nearest tube is Boston Manor (Piccadilly Line) or Ealing Broadway (Central Line) Stations.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
We have no hidden extras on any of our courses. All the leather and any hardware fittings are included in your course cost along with use of all the tools you’ll need to make your very own leather item.
We also provide you with plenty of soft drinks, teas/coffees and biscuits.
If you have any specific dietary needs, please bring them along.
My partner very kindly brought a gift voucher to attend Richard's leather workshop. I have recently started making leather dog coats. I can only say this course is amazing!. Richard is a font of knowledge, he has been a huge help in guidance for going forward in my new business adventure. I have learnt a vast amount and have come away feeling more confident. I would highly recommend anyone making leather goods to seek out this course.
Philippa Davidson - - #29237
This 2-day course is just brilliant! I've tried to figure out stuff on my own for nearly 3 years only because I didn't know a course like this existed... If you're interested in this amazing craft, this course is the way to go. I've enjoyed every minute of it, I still have a lot to digest and try on my own, and a few very interesting suppliers to visit. Thank you so much, Richard.
Maximo Castagno - - #28933
The Two Day Practical workshop was excellent, I learnt a wealth of information regarding leather craft and I came from the course with some lovely handmade pieces. Richard's workshop is well set out and organised, we all had enough tools to work on our set projects and if we wanted a design alteration from the original task Richard was happy to guide us. I received handouts with detailed information about leather, from its history and tanning evolution to buying a hide and tools for leather work.
Richard is a lovely, approachable person who is very generous with his information, I have emailed him several times since the course with question and he has responded quickly and with detailed information. Thanks for a great, inspiring two days.
Emma King - - #28066
Best and first workshop I have done to expand my knowledge in leather. I am from a womenswear design background into leather wear and Richard explains and tailors whatever he knows in regards to that so that it incorporated with what I wanted to learn personally too. Amazing explanation and the depth of knowledge and practical skills I have learned are both keeping me interested to go forward! I recommend this 100%.
Myint - - #27368
Perfect to learn about leather and how to work with it. Learnt so much in just 2 days and now feel I have the basics to really go for it on my own.
grace clark - - #27363
The two day course as an introduction to leather work was great, I found Richard to be a great teacher who has a true passion for working with 'real' leather. I am looking forward to working with him again in 2020 for more insight to the world of leather.
Thank you Richard Williamson
Richard Clarke - - #27084
Best course I’ve done. Learnt loads and made some lovely and really professional looking things. Can’t wait to get started making more. Richard is brilliant, patient, enthusiastic, really knowledgable and fantastic at teaching. Enjoyed every minute. Thanks Richard
Catherine Ragan - - #27014
Excellent 2 days' workshop for anyone willing to start working leather.
I am a furniture maker and wanted to learn about leather in order to incorporate some in my work.
The course is well structured and Richard takes the time to explain everything. The format of the course with only 2 people with Richard makes it very personal as you can ask as many question as you like.
During my two days I learned about the tools, the different types of leather, saddle stitching, I made a couple of key fobs, a card holder and a belt.
Following the course I have started to buy the necessary tools following Richard's advice and I can't wait to start my own projects!
Thank you very much Richard!
Gael - - #26863
Excellent workshop covering not only practical techniques but also essential information regarding how to begin trading. Richard is incredibly generous with his knowledge and I feel the course has given me the skills and inspiration to embark on multiple projects.
Sian - - #26818
This two day workshop was brilliant. As a beginner to leather work it was both informative and fun. Richard gave us loads of advice and tips and we got to practice the different techniques with his expert guidance. There to lend a hand when we got stuck, or to show us an easier way to do something that would otherwise have taken a lot longer to learn by ourselves. I had a brilliant time and am thoroughly chuffed with what we made and have had loads of compliments. I can highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in working with leather craft. Thank you Richard!
Sarah - - #26655
I thoroughly recommend this two day course if you have an interest in working with leather either as a hobby or professionally. Richard is an extremely knowledgeable teacher as well as being patient and engaging. The fact that there were only two of us on the course meant that I didn’t get left behind at any stage. I learnt a lot more than I had anticipated and went away with very thorough course notes for future reference. Richard’s enthusiasm for leatherwork has certainly rubbed off and I look forward to buying all the tools and putting into practice the new techniques I’ve acquired. Thank you.
Michael Crane - - #26096
I really enjoyed my 2 day course and feel inspired and confident to tackle some simple leather projects with a view to gradually getting more adventurous with the skills that I have learned.
It would work for people with even the simplest of practical skills.
Alex Watherston - - #26091
Leather Craft Workshop Days was a fantastic 2 day immersion with a lot of close and personal attention on every basic skill you need to pick up leather craft (or even just figure out if you like it). Richard is an excellent tutor and host, makes you feel incredibly welcomed and encourages all kinds of creativity and curiosity. With just two people per class, you also get a lot of personal attention and opportunities to ask questions - which you wouldn't get the chance to at most workshops in London. I came away with great new skills for a hobby, tips on how to turn it into a business and loads of guidance for future ideas and projects - not to mention a handmade laptop case, key fob and belt. Worth every penny and frustrating broken thread along the way.
Omar - - #25834
This two day workshop was amazing; you learn how to work with leather, the difference from Chrome or Veg leather, where to buy and the cost. As you start your projects you learn as well what tools you will need and the name of all of them.
Richard shared with us the best websites if you want to start your business online.
He is very patient and calm so you have time to finish your projects with no stress.
I really recommend this course.
Ana - - #25639
What an amazing 2 days! The 2 day workshop is an amazing introduction to leather craft. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone and everyone!
On my 2 days I learned about leather types, how they are tanned (old ways and new), what tools I would use, pattern making and cutting, embossing leather, and the traditional saddle stitch!
Richard is a wonderful teacher and very patient, and very knowledgeable. Very hospitable.
This 2 day workshop has given me enough practical knowledge and skill to take away and make more; and as I write this, I am multitasking and browsing a website for leather!
Anna - - #24373
We did the two day leather workshop and it was a real delight.
Richard is very patient and clearly explains what you need to do.
He gives you a lot of inside info regarding leather and where to get it, what to look out for etc.
I can really recommend doing this workshop if you have an interest in leather craft.
Michiel - - #24231
My experience on this course was very positive.
The course was structured well, I have learnt a lot about leather work in a short time. Starting from leather production process, purchasing/choosing right leather for a project, choosing right tools/their proper use, to making and finishing items. Everything was explained clearly and any questions I had during the process were answered. Richard shared his personal experience and gave advice in developing business as well, which was very useful and insightful for me. I felt that the small number of students made a difference too.
During the course I made a key chain, card holder and a belt.
Richard was very pleasant, patient and generous with his time. He also offered advice if needed after the course. Being tutored by him was real pleasure. I highly recommend this course.
Filip - - #23883
My 5 words to describe this course: organised, informative, personalised, practical and supportive all the way through!
Richard’s workshop has a range of tools (even traditional/classic ones) and beautiful leather to choose from.
It’s unbelievable how much you learn in 2 days for a beginner like myself. I can’t be any prouder of my veg-tanned vintage-style card holder made during the first day of the course. It’s just a joy to contemplate.
Thanks to Richard for teaching us such a wonderful craft and making it available to all, as well as his kindness and hospitality. It has been superb experience!
Mr Bryan - - #23826
I have just completed the two day Leather craft practical workshop. And I must say not only did I really enjoy the course but I have come away with a lot more information and knowledge than I expected to.
The course explains the whole process from the tannery to selling goods online.
Richard explained the use of each and every tool and answered any questions I had, at the end of the first day I had made a card holder and a key fob (both a lot better than I expected).
On the second day we started the day with more information that Richard went through with us step by step.
I then spent the rest of the day making two belts, one for me and one for my girlfriend both of which came out amazing. I even had time to make a sleeve for my iPhone.
Thank you Richard and to anyone reading this review if you want a head start in making leather goods or just want to go home with some cool handmade goods this is the course for you.
Graham Thompson - - #23658
This is one of the best practical skills workshops I have ever attended that far exceeded my expectation! The 2 days workshop is well structured with information of leather types, how to buy the leather, where to buy leather, tools and hardware, pattern cutting, what to buy for basic starter tools, and how to set up our online shop when we are ready. Richard is very generous in sharing his professional knowledge in making leather goods. In these 2 days, I learnt how to do saddle stitch, and a lot of other skills to make one card holder, two key fobs, and one belt. All the products are made under Richard's detail instruction and guidance. I always make mistakes and Richard is very patient to show me how to do better. He is a supportive and attentive instructor.
The final products made from this workshop are in a skilful finish and probably I can sell them to customers!
Besides skill learning which is great, a small class of 2 students is cosy and personal. We had good chatting time during meal breaks and the learning atmosphere is friendly and relaxing. Thank you for Richard's hospitality in providing tea, coffee and snacks.
After attending this 2 days leather goods practical skills workshop, I possess the necessary skills to make other leather goods such as tote bag, wallet and tools bag as well. If you want to learn good practical skills to make leather goods, I highly recommend this 2 day workshop to you.
Queendy Lam - - #23170
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