An Introduction to Leatherwork

Leather belts that you could make on the course.


Fancy learning something new and exciting in a beautiful rural location with lovely home cooked food prepared by my in house chef, and you get to meet fellow enthusiasts?

This day introduces you to the art of leatherwork. Leatherwork is a traditional technique steeped in history.

During the day you will make a proper leather belt that fits you. Making a belt also introduces you to many of the key techniques in cutting and preparing leather that you can then apply to other projects on the day too.

This course is aimed at beginners and those with more experience are welcome. It introduces you to the main aspects of leatherwork including:
The types of leather available and the types of tanning.
What to look for when purchasing leather.
How to measure for your belt.
How to cut, bevel, skive and burnish your leather.
How to dye your edges and decorate your belt
How to add hardware; rivets, buckle, belt loops and stitch the buckle into position.
How to finish your belt once construction is complete.
How to apply the above techniques to other small leather goods during the day.
Aftercare and how to look after your belt and leather goods.
You will receive a set of course notes to accompany the day.

The materials are included in the course fee. You will leave with a belt and several samples of leather work to showcase your new skills. Elizabeth will be in touch after purchase to ask a few questions to help her ensure she tailors the day to cover your questions and what you would like to learn.

By the end of the day you will leave with confidence to finish your leatherwork and knowing how you can apply your new knowledge to your own projects in the future.

You will need to have a few breaks during the day and to stand up and move about. The timing and length of the breaks can be tweaked so we can carry on creating.

The timetable for the day
9.15am Arrival, introductions and refreshments
9.30am Class starts - First session
11am Coffee break tea and homemade freshly roasted coffee homemade truffles with chocolates (we have to keep your energy levels up).
11.15am Second session
1pm Lunch - buffet choice of smoked salmon & hams/charcuterie and salads (no iceberg in sight)
1.30pm Third session
3.30pm Afternoon tea with brownies and cookies
3.45pm Fourth and final session of the day and finishing
5pm Finish and farewell

All refreshments are included in the course fee.

Please note the suggested menu may change slightly depending on seasonality, allergies and dietary preferences. Please let Elizabeth know when she contacts you after purchase.

Do you need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself.
Wear old clothes and proper shoes that cover your toes as we will be working with tools.

Classes will be following COVID guidance and track and trace. In the event that we have a full lockdown a full refund will be provided.

The address for the course venue is as follows (please note the address is different from my contact address):
The Stalls,
Dovehouse Farm Barns,
HP17 8LY

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All leather and materials
All refreshments and lunch
A set of course notes


Elizabeth Bond at The Smart Stitcher


22 Haddenham Road
HP17 8LS

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


7¾ hours (9:15am to 5:00pm)



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