One day leather tuition for beginners

Duration: One Day 9.30am - 4.30pm 3/4 hour for lunch.

Price: £85

Run by: The Hilton Collection

Contact: Deanna Hilton

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About the Course

Please note at time of booking I require a deposit of £25, the balance to be paid on or before the arranged date. In the event of cancellation, the deposit can be refunded, provided notice of cancellation is given not less than 7 days before the course date.

The programme for the day will be established to suit you when you phone to book. This could be just to learn a new craft or you may be thinking of a business need. I want you to feel comfortable and realistic about what can be achieved in one day thereby establishing a foundation for self advancement or further tuition.
The day course will be in my home on a one to one, or two to one basis if you ask a friend to join you. There are no fixed or pre arranged dates for this course. Dates are arranged by mutual agreement.
If you don't have sewing skills, don't worry, there is plenty to do and learn.
If you do have sewing experience you may want to bring your own sewing machine to understand it's capabilities and limitations.
We will work with light leather which manipulates well. As time allows we will look at bags, accessories and fashionable jewellery.

PLEASE NOTE:- This is not a tutorial for strong veg tanned hand sewn leather.


The day will include:- The properties of leather, design and planning, making a template, cutting out, glueing techniques, edge coating, hole punching, the setting of rivets, eyelets and snap fasteners, zips and use of the sewing machine.
Following all of these discussions and demonstrations there will only be time to make a small item of leather, with or without a sewing machine, which you will take away with you.

Course Length:- 9.30am - 4.30pm. 3/4 hour for lunch approx. Please arrive 15 mins before start time.

Please get in touch for bookings or further details.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Unless otherwise required for or requested by you the leather and use of tools will be provided with complimentary coffee, tea or soft drinks and possibly some home baking!

Please bring an old apron, a notebook and pen, your lunch and slippers or indoor shoes.

While traveling to my home please have my phone number with you just in case there are any delays or you need directions. 01794 513540.

As you come into the Close please park on the right hand side on the straight curb. THANKS.

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A very thorough and enjoyable day introduction to leather crafting. I liked the fact that this course was based around my practical personal project - as well as giving a good background to the qualities of different kinds of leather and the tools and techniques. Deanna was a great tutor and it was a well-paced course.

- - #11513

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- - #11173

I can't recommend this course enough, Deanna was brilliant. It was a very informative day and she tailored the structure to a personal project I am working on which will hopefully become a business someday. We focused mainly different ways to emboss and create patterns on the leather which was exactly what I hoped for! I plan to book on again in the near future to finalise my design.

- - #10780

A good experience with a most knowledgable and skilled teacher. I learned a lot and also how to move forward with the craft. Deanna, and her husband John, were generous hosts and it was a very rewarding day.

- - #10338

What a lovely day!
I learnt so much from Deanna today! The process of making leather, the versatility of leather and the processes in making lovely items. Having very little experience working with the product and using a sewing machine I was a little nervous, but I need not be. Deanna made me feel so at home and is a fantastic teacher and inspired me to give it a go. I can't wait to go back in July for part 2.
Thanks for a great experience!
Kathryn x

- - #8844

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- - #8804

Thoroughly enjoyed the day! The course notes are short and succinct and full of everything you could need.

Deanna tailored the course to us as we are both sewers and we brought our own machines.

Deanna is a love and my friend and I laughed a lot and made lovely purses and pencil cases.

Would definitely recommend this course.

- - #8230

I learnt a lot on this course from Deanna, it was a very productive day and Deanna is a great teacher.

Deanna has a treasure trove of a work room with all the tools, leather and supplies you will ever come across. It was great to see leather, tools and techniques in operation, so difficult to pick these things up without seeing them. I have confidence now to try my own things out and order leather and fittings online.

I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to get into working with leather, especially those wanting to make purses and bags.

- - #8122

Wow, what a day! I have just spent a day with Deanna learning about the various types and characteristics of leather and leather working. Deanna was superb and her depth of knowledge was astounding. I had many questions to ask; not only were they all answered but many more were resolved. Deanna had also carried out lots of prep. work which has provided lots of additional contacts which I hadn't expected. If you are looking for a comfortable environment to learn from a true professional then Deanna is the person to go to. A great day. Thank You.

- - #7419

Deanna has a wealth of experience and knowledge which she was keen to pass on, including explaining about different types of leather and their uses (and some other general sewing tips with things I had been struggling with for years!)
Not only did I learn loads but by the end of the afternoon I had made a fabulous dog collar.
She is a lovely lady and made me feel very welcome and all in all I would highly recommend her workshop shop for anyone who is interested in working with leather.

- - #7212

A very enjoyable day spent with Deanna. Great communication before we arrived ensured that any additional materials were ready to go immediately, plus she was very flexible and resourceful, able to respond to our ever-changing design as it came to life.

- - #7162

My friend and I spent a lovely day with Deanna, learning so much about the different leathers and technics of making leather items.
The course was tailored well to suit our introduction to this craft and I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn a new skill.
Lemon drizzle cake was a real bonus!! Thanks Deanna and John for making the afternoon cuppa

- - #7021

An absolutely fantastic day! I came to Deanna to learn more about hand bags.. I own a Saddlery so I have a little experience when it comes to leather, designing and repairing but I'd like to take the leather side of the business further myself.

Deanna couldn't have been more accommodating, the length Deanna went to in preparation for my visit was outstanding! I learned oodles and have booked myself in for another day in 2 weeks time and probably will be booking in every 2 weeks thereafter!

Lovely lady, lovely set up and very friendly... Oh... And great cake!

Highly recommended!!!


- - #6733

Thank you Deanna for a very worthwhile day last Tuesday, I learnt a tremendous
amount re Leather Sewing which is exactly what I wanted to achieve, your teaching methods are very good, and the cake was a bonus!!

- - #6634

A friend and I went on Deanna's leather working course to learn how to make straps for bags. It was very useful to learn about the different types of leather, how to use rivets, and other techniques. Deanna was very good at showing us how to use our machines to makes professional looking straps/handles. I also came away with other ideas for sewing with leather! Thank you.

- - #5813

The course was very well organised. The theory part was very interesting especially for someone with no previous experience in leather work.
Deanna was very friendly and kind and her cake was brilliant!
We had such an amazing day and I cannot wait to start doing some new projects!

- - #5795

The course is excellent, Deanna gave a really good introduction to how leather is produced / theory and useful terms before showing us how to make lovely products. She was incredibly patient and very good at explaining at a complicated level to my wife (very able) but also at a more basic level to me.

It was a really enjoyable day and we love the products that we made and took away with us

- - #5794

My friend and I contacted Deanna, who kindly custom built a course on making leather straps for bags. We learnt so much and had a fun day as well as seriously learning so many aspects of leather and how to use it. We took our sewing machines and Deanna was so helpful and very experienced and knowledgeable. I can recommend this as a fantastic learning experience. We came away with a strap we had made ourselves, machine sewn, buckle applied, with a rivet and all the finishing processes applied. Felt very proud and inspired to have a go!

- - #5744

I had a delightful day on Deanna's course. I found her to be a skilled trainer and I learned some invaluable
things about beginning leathercraft.
The training environment was perfectly suited for my needs: well lit and well equipped for the tasks in hand.
I left proudly clutching the small purse Deanna guided me in completing and when I showed my discerning daughtet later that evening she commisioed me to do her one on mint green!
I will de5finately keep in touch with my new leathercraft mentor.

- - #5725

I have recently taken Deanna's one day course. I found her and her husband to be excellent hosts, with coffee on tap!! Deanna was a good teacher, taking the time to answer my questions in simplistic terms with alternative solutions being offered. I was able to achieve my personal learning objectives in an open and relaxed environment. Deanna has a wealth of knowledge and experience which can be exploited by both the beginner and the more experienced student. This was a value for money day, with good teaching in an excellent environment. To use the terms of the one and only "Arnie"....I'll be back!!!!

- - #5695

I had such a brilliant day on the course. Deanna was attentive, caring and most of all really patient while I was learning. She is a fountain of knowledge. And there was cake too! Couldn't have asked for a better teacher and day. Can't wait to get started with leather work. Thank you Deanna.

- - #5023

Such an amazing day. Deanna was warm kind and attentive. Not only that, everything I had spoken to her about over the phone she had looked into for me to learn - and I had a few unusual requests. Deanna knowledgeable, experienced and a brilliant teacher. Not to mention the homemade lemon cake - delicious. Well worth the trip and the cost. Thank you so much for the brilliant day, it was everything I needed and more. Love, Suneet x

- - #4880

This is an excellent course. I was a complete beginner and Deanna was both patient and informative. There was lots to learn and the day was packed with tips and ideas.

- - #4644

I can't recommend this course highly enough. Deanna was so friendly and nice she made me feel immediately at ease and the rest of the day followed perfectly. She gave an excellent overview of the 'theory' side and then spoke to me about what I wanted to learn and used that to structure the teaching. I learnt lots of great new skills and tips without feeling overwhelmed. I will definitely work on what I have learnt and go back for another day with Deanna to improve on new skills when I'm ready.

- - #4545

Excellent! A well paced informative day full of tips and tricks of the trade. Deanna is patient and thorough. She covers all requirements needed to complete a leather item. Her own work is inspirational. A very enjoyable day.

- - #4496

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