Custom Leather Working Course

Custom Leather Working Course


Here, you choose the content of the course.

Sometimes, what you want is just not listed so you can let me know what it is you would like to work on. Often this is where a student has a specific project or design they would like to develop and work on. In the past students have chosen: design, pattern making, product development or product specific skills.

Each session is tailored to you, your level of skill and what you need to learn.
This is listed as a 1 day course, but like all of my courses, this can be extended to multiple days to suit your needs.

Select 'Ask a Question' to get in touch with what you have in mind and an idea when you would like to undertake the course and we will discuss dates available.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included in this course along with a light lunch and unlimited tea and coffee.

If you are looking at working to a specific item, let me know the details so I can ensure what you need is made available.


Nigel Armitage at Armitage Leather


Armitage Leather
Drakelow Business Park, Walton Road
DE15 9UA

Suitable for

  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.

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In-person course
stefan trebacz - - #30122

I had a superb day with Nigel. He helped to improve my skills at every step in the way the ubiquitous veteran pilot talks down the rookie in the seat of the Jumbo Jet to a perfect landing. Nigel's style is relaxed yet he imparts so much knowledge and information in the day that you are just eager to get home to put it all into practice. The workshop setting and facilities are really good, endless coffee (or tea) humour, skills and patience. I came away not only better armed and less likely to damage myself or my tools but with a better knowledge of the best leather to use for distinct projects and a lot of encouragement to experiment. I will definitiely be back and thoroughly recommend the course to anyone wanting to improve and broaden their knowledge in leatherworking.

In-person course
Verônica Passos - - #29614

My name is Verônica,
And I book the 3 (amazing) days course with Nigel.
I'm a brazilian leatherworker, and I applied for this course to improve my finishings and my knowledge in handbag design. The 3 days were more than I could imagine. Nigel is an enthusiastic leatherworker and talented enough to let you more involved with leather.
He helped and encouraged me a lot about how to build a bag and how to resolve design issues with some patterns that I already had.
Definitely it's a master-apprentice mentoring as the old times. I highly recommend!

In-person course
Diego - - #23567

It is always hard turning a wonderful experience into words.

I booked a 5 days basic course with Nigel in order to learn pattern making, saddle stitching, and the proper use of right tools and materials.

What I actually got by those days is way more than that: He provides you a step by step method to apply universally with a clear understanding of the handmade & handstitching philosophy.

Moreover, he is a wonderful person smart fun and helpful

He is going to see me again very soon!

Diego from Italy

In-person course
Lucia Gerbino - - #17438

I took a 3 day course with Nigel in Los Angeles and, although I was one of the less experienced with saddle stitching in the room I found him patient, clear and an excellent instructor. He allowed me to absorb the information without rushing me along and made sure I understood each aspect. By the end of the class I felt confident and it was a very fun experience. Nigel's explanations were thorough and clear and his manner left me feeling like I could ask him questions and I am looking forward to taking further instruction from him in the future.

In-person course
Jamie Huante - - #17343

I took two courses taught by Nigel in Berkeley, California. He's thoughtful in his explanations and demonstrations, while providing insight and history into techniques. He's great at listening to his students needs and wants when it comes to developing a strong skills set. Nigel teaches in a manner that is genuinely interested in seeing you succeed.

In-person course
John Niero - - #17342

I must say that I am so impressed with the teachings of Nigel. This the second time I have taken classes with him in Berkeley CA and am looking forward to more. Nigel has a natural ability to clearly explain the process and an innate ability to problem solve. I am new to hand stitching and I feel that Nigel has given me a very solid foundation to build upon.

In-person course
Mary Oswald - - #17203

I traveled from Pennsylvania to attend the 3 day intensive with Nigel in Los Angeles. It was worth every penny. In addition to being a fantastic teacher and selflessly sharing his vast wealth of leather crafting knowledge, he created a relaxing and fun classroom atmosphere. I had such a wonderful experience and came away with new skills and techniques that I can apply to my leather business. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to study under him and hope to do it again in the future.

In-person course
janemt - - #17180

I took a 3-day course with Nigel in Berkley. It was fantastic! He taught a thoughtful and systematic approach to leather projects from beginning to completion enabling me to level up my skills and results. I'm not sure how long (if ever) it would have taken me to get there on my own. The course was worth every penny.

In-person course
Linshao - - #17165

I took a 3 day basics course taught by Nigel in Berkeley, CA. Nigel is an amazing teacher! His teaching style is clear and efficient. He cares about your learning and is generous with his time and takes care to answer all your questions. I had a great experience in his class and walked away with many new skills and feel inspired to be more creative with my leather working. If you have a chance to learn from Nigel, do it!

In-person course
Alex Sullivan - - #15830

After deciding to increase my skill level and expand my knowledge base, I paid a visit to Nigel. He took me back to basics and helped me to solidify my leather working techniques.

Nigel is a great teacher - as seen in his Vimeo channels - and explains even difficult procedures in simplified terms to help you understand. I will certainly be back for another lesson. 10/10 would recommend

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