Introduction to learning leather craft skills



This is a theoretical and practical introductory group tuition during which you will be taught common, essential leather crafting and basic sewing techniques. You will be taught how to correctly use hand tools, how to hand sew leather and understand the most common finishing techniques used in bag and accessory making. You will learn about different types of leather and understand how to select the correct type of material(s) for your project. You will receive an overview of the technical aspects of working with leather and constructing bags and accessories such as preparing, marking, cutting, gluing, reinforcing, debossing and more. You will produce your own samples of work to take home with you. You will receive relevant, useful and informative handouts as well as lists of leather and tool suppliers. This is a professional course delivered by a prototype maker and manufacturer, with the aim of providing an overview and hands-on experience on more common leather working practices. At the end of the tuition you will have: – Gained an understanding of leather types and tanning methods – Understood what it means to work with different leather types and thicknesses and have the ability to source and select the correct tools and materials for your projects. – Gained confidence in using specific tools for preparing, marking, finishing and cutting leather. – Understood and practiced leather craft techniques such as beveling and burnishing techniques – Learnt basic leather hand sewing techniques WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT? Below is a list of topics covered during the classes: – Understanding leather: overviews on types of leather, tanning, finishings and best use – Vegan leathers: an overview on different types and features – Understanding the importance of choosing the right materials for your project and the right tools for your materials – Leather preparing, pattern placement and marking on leather – Cutting complex shapes using a variety of tools – Using leather punches – Understanding the use of skiving, beveling and creasing – Finishing leather edges: painting vs burnishing – Using various leather glues and tapes – Understand the use of reinforcements, fusings and stabilisers to back leather – To learn basic leather hand sewing techniques – To understand the tools and materials used in saddle stitching – Prototyping and manufacturing leather goods: mentions of different working methods, machines and tools IMPORTANT TO KNOW: We will always try to cover as much on the syllabus as possible and depending on your ability and previous experience, we might not be able to complete the program or we might instead be able to teach you additional techniques relating to the above listed topics, such as: – Understanding fittings, closure types, fastening techniques and tools: sam browns, magnets, pop buttons, eyelets, etc – Sew and finish simple zips styles, handles and straps – Understanding options and the construction of how to line bags and accessories

What's included in the price?

Tools and materials are included. You will be provided with useful digital and paper handouts which contain: – A list of tools and materials used during the lesson(s), including a description of what they are and how they are used – A list of recommended suppliers for both leather and fittings (physically in London and online) – A glossary containing information about leather types and characteristics


6½ hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


The London Leather Workshopis a design, prototyping and manufacturing studio founded by Italian designers and makers Sara Battiston and Melissa Bruscoli. With 20 years of experience in the fashion and accessory industry Sara and Melissa work with both local and international customers ranging from start-ups to established brands. Their studio is able to offer a range of services from design consultancy to product development and from prototyping to manufacturing of handbags, accessories and soft furnishings. Their practical classes will teach you the fundamental techniques of working with leather or vegan leather, how to sew these materials to a professional standard and how to create customised goods. The theoretical classes will provide you with the foundation for designing bags and accessories as well as insights and essential information about the industry.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
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STUDIO 002-003 UNIT 7, HARRINGTON WAY, LONDON, Greater London, SE18 5NR