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Leather working craft course in France in a beautiful workshop

Leather working craft course in France in a beautiful workshop

Duration: 3 days

Price: £495

Book with: Jonathan
at MES Leather

Sainte-Trie, France

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About the Course

Create your own beautiful handmade leather items, learn and develop new skills, meet fellow artisans and enjoy a blissful break at a centuries-old manor complex in the rolling French countryside.

A 3 day leather course for beginners and more experienced makers alike. With close guidance and demonstrations students will learn how to make 'cut-edge' small leather goods, such as wallets, billfolds, phone cases, ipad cases, pouches or belts.

Students will work exclusively with vegetable tanned leathers, and linings such as thin pig skin and suede. Fine linen threads will be provided.

• Neat hand stitching is essential so we will primarily focus on how to achieve fine stitching accuracy. 

Leather course aims to cover:
• Pattern making, essential step to successful project

• design and construction including cut edge

• hand paring, and preparing with use of skiving knifes

• hand stitching with use of double needle saddlery technique

• Finishing edges on cut-edged work – options

• visit at local leather merchant per request

• Box & butt stitching for making leather boxes, round containers or bags
• Wet moulding bags, purses, pouches and slim cases

Leather and lining materials for small items are included in this course fee. If you wish to make something specific please contact us beforehand. All Tools  are provided for students to use.

The workshop takes place at the private manor retreat of Fialeix in Dordogne. Fialeix is situated on a hill amid beautiful pastures and ancient oak forests, with a history dating back to before Roman times.

A private residence run by our friends Kasia and Jason, the complex hosts various artisan courses and retreats and benefits from its own vegetable garden and orchard, as well as more than 35 acres of private pasture and woodland, which students are free to roam. There is also a swimming pool, and less than 10 minutes away is the stunning chateau town of Hautefort with shops and restaurants.

Once you arrive at Fialeix, your only task is to get immersed in your leather work and relax in these soul-enriching environs.

• The course will take place over three days. You will learn how to make leather goods using the finest vegetable tanned leathers and traditional hand techniques.

• Group of 5-6 people, everyone receives individual tuition throughout the course

• Transfers for flights are the responsibility of individual students – however we will happily give a competitive quote. The nearest airports are in Brive, Limoges or Bergerac.

You are welcome to come earlier or stay longer.

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?

In addition to the leather workshop itself, your course fee includes; individual accommodation, all your meals and snacks, coffees, teas and so on, as well as a daily ration of local wine.

Materials and use of tools included.

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Wonderful course, set in the beautiful surroundings of the French countryside.

I've been for the last couple of years, both beginner and advanced courses, I highly recommend.

Jonatan is a great teacher, I worked mainly in veg tanned leather, learning to hand 'saddle' stitch; wallets, sunglasses cases and an amazing tool case.

Accommodation in the beautiful manor house is included as well as spending time dining with fellow craftspeople, the photos don't do justice to how great the ancient workshop is.

I will be returning!

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Weekends

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