Introduction to leatherwork – Belt making workshop



This one day course will introduce you to the principles of hand crafted leatherwork through the making of your own hand stitched, hand dyed, leather belt. A hands on course during which you will learn how to mark out, cut and dye vegetable tanned leather to make a belt. You will then prepare it for stitching and practice the technique of saddle stitch. The course will also show you how to burnish the edges of the belt and finish the leather. Belt Length: You will need to know what size to make your belt. If it’s for you, that is easily solved by bringing along a belt you already wear and which you know the hole you are using. If it’s for someone else, you can bring a belt they wear or, you can measure it before you come. We can provide a diagram of how to measure a belt on request. (Please note that the overall length of a belt can potentially be limited by the leather we have in stock. While we endeavour to have leather available to make reasonable lengths, it is not always possible to guarantee that we can supply leather to make all lengths.) Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring a suitable apron. As we use a stitching pony to hold the work we also recommend wearing trousers instead of a skirt or kilt. (Due to Covid-19 we are aware that some students would prefer to do this workshop as either a 1-2-1 or in a family group. We can offer this workshop by prior arrangement on mutually agreed dates. Please contact us to discuss).

What's included in the price?

The price includes tuition, use of the tools and materials including the leather, paper etc. Hot drinks & snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.


1 day

Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
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19 Holywood, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 3HE