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Bag Making Traditional Leather Workshop ( Tote bag / Side bag)

Duration: 10:00 am - 18:00 pm

Price: £215

Book with: Kingsley Walters
at Kingsley Walters London

74 Commercial Street
Greater London
E1 6LY

Course Start Dates

Saturday 8th February 2020
Saturday 22nd February 2020
Saturday 7th March 2020
Saturday 21st March 2020

About the Course

Our bag making workshop will take you through the steps of making a tote bag or side bag from start to finish. This workshop will provide you with the core skills to making a leather bag and the foundations for progressing to more advanced pieces.

In this practical leather workshop, you will learn how to make your bag of choice using traditional handcrafting techniques on vegetable tanned leather.

With a maximum of 1- 3 students per course, everyone receives attentive tuition.

A set of tools is provided along with a range of leathers, metal fittings and other materials needed. Patterns and workshop notes are provided for this specialist workshop, as well as a suppliers’ list for those wishing to continue to develop their range after the workshop.

The workshop aims to cover:
-Becoming competent at using many of the leather worker’s hand tools.
-Learning how to saddle stitch with the aid of a saddler’s clam.
-Understanding the process of preparing the leather for hand stitching.
-Gaining a thorough understanding of the qualities and sections of the leather.
-Mastering the technique of preparing a thread.
-Learning to work from a paper pattern onto leather.
-Maintenance and care of leather.
-Developing a professional edge finishing technique.
-Fitting and securing metal hardware.
-Maintenance of saddlery tools.

Running times: 10:00 AM – 18:00 PM.

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

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?

-The workshop fees cover leather and basic materials. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you wish, but please consult with me prior to ensure that we have the right equipment for the task. Saddlery tools are provided for students to use.



Want to review this course?

You will find in Kingsley a patient, knowledgeable and lovely tutor while crafting your own bag. Generous, he can provide many craft tricks you could learn as well, if you work already in your own craft, along with great conversation and a nice cup of tea! I am in love with my bag!

- - #27301

Kingsley provides a high level of knowledge and opportunity to explore and create a piece full of character and the beginning of a story for you, the materials are high quality too. The only problem want to do more!!!
I am already thinking about the next bag I want to do!

- - #27297

Perfection is standard with Kingsley.

- - #26412

Such a knowledge lovely man! Had such a great time learning from him!

- - #26405

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Children
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Evenings
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends

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