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

Duration: 10:00 am - 18:00 pm

Price: £215

Contact: Kingsley Walters at Kingsley Walters London

74 Commercial Street
Greater London
E1 6LY

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Saturday 4th April 2020
Sunday 5th April 2020
Saturday 18th April 2020
Sunday 19th April 2020
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Saturday 16th May 2020
Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 31st May 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.



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Kingsley was absolutely amazing. Considering I have been to uni and studied design, I have never understood instructions so easily! He has such a great way of teaching, so easy to understand, and he’s great fun- he makes you feel so at ease and comfortable. I can’t wait to come back and make more pieces!

Thank you for everything Kingsley, I will be using everything you taught me!!

- - #29405

This was a fantastic workshop- having known nothing when I arrived I walked away with a beautiful leather bag as well as the knowledge of the necessary skills of how to make it again.

Kingsley is a great teacher and was patient when I wasn't sure what to do. What is better is that he encourages you to develop your own idea of what the product could be so you are more involved with the piece, rather than just making a generic bag that is the same as all the others. The workshop was only me and one other. Thank you!!

- - #29354

What a fantastic day! Kingsley was an excellent, patient, knowledgeable tutor, who felt more like a friend. He was eager to share his passion and tips. I learnt so much and came away buzzing with ideas for my next project. If you are looking for a really enjoyable course where you will learn so much, look no further.
Thank you so much Kingsley. I'll be back!!!
Steve Savage

- - #28202

Kingsley was incredibly informative, adaptable, patient and fun. He was insightful and helpful with all of my questions and thoroughly explained what we were doing and what it would achieve. I found him very supportive as a teacher which was helpful when learning so many new skills and was happy to share all of his knowledge.

The workshop taught me a lot more than I expected in regards to working with leather and I would happily recommend anyone interested in learning more and experiencing leather work to do so from Kingsley. It was a pleasure!

- - #28127

Kingsley was an amazing workshop facilitator! I wasn't very confident and a bit shy at first but Kingsley was very reassuring and provided a friendly and relaxed environment. I was so pleased with my bag, I surprised myself with skills I never knew I had! Thanks Kingsley! :)

- - #27967

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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