Beginners Leatherworking Workshop

Leatherwork Courses Manchester


So you're looking to get into leatherworking? Fantastic!

Our Basic Leatherworking Class is here to teach you everything you need to begin producing your own leather goods. In this class, we will cover the different types of leather and tools. We will explore wet moulding, edging, dying and finishing as well as fixings such as rivets and stitching. There is plenty to learn on this great one day course. All our courses are privately booked and not group events, ensuring you get plenty of time and each course is tailored to you and your requirements. Our workshop space can accommodate up to 2 students making it ideal for that day away!

After your workshop, you will also receive a copy of our 26 page Buyers Guide. Filled with articles, handy information and a list of UK suppliers, this booklet has been specially produced to ensure all our students leave our course with everything they could possibly need to continue their journey in leathercrafting.

Currently located at our home workshop in Heywood, we have plenty of tools, knowledge and equipment for you to get your hands on! With ample space, we aim to accommodate each guest's requirements at this time whilst making the space as safe for each person as possible.

In our main location, based in Leigh Spinners mill, we have a brand new studio kitted out with everything you need to learn leathercraft. With an onsite carpark and cafe, we have everything covered and we look forward to meeting you!

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?

Basic materials, Tools, Tea and Coffee, PDF Suppliers Guide. Lunch can also be provided.


Pipa Wolf at The Wolf Workshop

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Frank Fold
Greater Manchester
OL10 4FF

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Emma - - #38289

Both me and my friend really enjoyed Pippa's leatherwork course.
She went though all the basic techniques and a range of tools, to help us decide which ones we wanted to use, and gave us all the advice we needed to start working on our own projects.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to start leatherwork!

Response from The Wolf Workshop:

Thankyou Emma! It was lovely to have you both in the studio. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make in the future!

Victoria - - #37329

I have enjoyed a packed leatherworking day with Pipa, her guinea pigs and cat. There was lots to cover in a day, from what leather is and is not, to working with its properties, tooling, dyeing and stitching. Pipa’s enthusiasm and expertise were shaped to work with what I wanted to get out of the day. Pipa was generous with her time and skills. As a complete beginner in this area the day worked really well as a introduction to all things with leather.

Anita - - #36949

It was so much fun. Pipa was so helpful and knowledgeable I would definitely recommend doing this course with her if your interested in leather crafting.

Karen Coleman - - #36568

My sister and I attended the beginners workshop and had such an informative and fun day. Pipa is so knowledgeable on all aspects of leatherwork and its integration with other crafts. We ended the day inspired to begin our own projects.

Stuart dickens - - #36552

I had a great time. This day course is perfect if you want to get an overview of leather craft. Pipa is a great teacher and super friendly and can answer any question. We went through the different types of leather, tools, tooling, dyeing and stitching. I feel confident to start my own project now and her booklet will help me remember it all.
I thoroughly recommend it.

Response from The Wolf Workshop:

Thankyou Stuart! It was a pleasure to have you at the studio and I look forward to seeing your future makes!

Ann Miller - - #35638

What a great time I had. Pippa is lovely and extremely knowledgeable. I never knew there are so many aspects to leather, dying and conditioning etc. she explained so much and offered tips on my projects, she obviously loves and has a passion for leather and what she does. Her booklet which accompanies the course is very helpful, I started purchasing leather and tools as soon as I got home. THANK YOU, Pippa

Erin - - #33990

A fantastic day where you get to play and experiment with different leathers and leather working techniques. She has taken some the mystery out of the how things are made and how you can get creative using leather. I now feel much more confident using this medium and cannot wait to see what future ideas she has for courses in the future! I will definitely be going back for more workshops in the future. Thank you very much Pipa!

Lucy Howson - - #31871

Had a great day out at Pipa's leather workshop - she was very welcoming, and accommodating as I was trying to book round ever-changing covid restrictions! It was great being able to experiment with all the tools, and I learnt the basics of so many relevant leather techniques that I have confidence in now being able to apply to my own work. Many thanks!

Rhys Powell - - #31662

Such a great experience. Having been interested in leather craft for sometime I was given a 1 to 1 lesson with Pipa as a present. Such a great present it was.
The day was spent working through all aspects of leather work, learning so many little tips and tricks that only a true pro would know. Pipa's knowledge is vast but her love of the industry is obvious and her excitement at what can be done and in passing on this knowledge is infectious. Ask the wife, I talked about it non stop for weeks!
The additional book she supplies, is great at help you out on the first steps and is a great resource, which is super useful as I got so into what was being taught that I didn't make as many notes as I wanted. Oh well, guess I'm going to have to do another course with her in the future!

Cicely - - #28838

Pipa is amazing, she has such a passion for her craft and it is really infectious! I had such a great time on this course and I learnt so much. I had no experience of leather work when I arrived and I now feel like I know enough to embark on a project of my own. Her resource pack means I have something to refer back to about all the many tools, techniques and leathers that she explained. I highly recommend giving leathercraft a go at the Wolf Workshop.

Olly Braithwaite - - #28653

Had a 1-2-1 lesson with Pipa today, and came back having learnt so much! I have no experience working with leather, but wanted to give it ago. I had a very specific period in history that I wanted to examine, which Pipa adapted the course to suit. Full of knowledge and experience, Pipa is a natural tutor with plenty of patience and no question went unanswered. Had a great time discussing my project and came back filled with confidence I now have the knowledge to tackle it. Thank you Pipa! A fantastic experience.

Lisa - - #26480

Went with a small group of friends T=to do the beginner course as few of us had done any more than some very basic stuff. Pipa took us through so many techniques and tools in an unhurried pace so you didn’t feel overwhelmed. She also gave some great tips on what to buy starting out vs what not to. She’s an excellent teacher with oodles of patience. An extremely fun day and we’re already planning to return to learn more.

sandra White - - #26464

I had a brilliant day at the Wolf Studio. I do quilting so learning a different skill was a challenge but Pipa put me at my ease straight away and made me feel I could achieve my goal to make a bag. I was taught to dye leather, lacing, hand stitching and punching a design onto the leather and that was just a few of the techniques that I was shown. Pipa is a brilliant teacher who has patience and is very giving in her knowledge. She wants you to succeed. Its for any age group. I am 75 and I made a leather bag.

Paula Dickinson - - #26462

What a great course. I learnt so much about what to do and what not to do. Workshop is very welcoming and set in an amazing old Mill in Leigh with lots of other artists. Easy to find and park. Pippa is lovely and nothing is too much trouble. Lots of dyes and tools to use and try without having to buy your own. Its a great beginners course.

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