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Stitchless bags workshop - learn how to craft your own leather bag with no stitching

Make a stitchless leather bag

Duration: 3 hours

Price: £85

Book with: Esther Keen
at Leather Needle Thread

Studio 1
9 Bath Buildings

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About the Course

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.

You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.
The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined. You can also make stitchless small leather goods - choose from a simple purse a card holder, a glasses case, a travel pouch, a phone case or a tablet case.

You will learn how to
* cut leather from a pattern using a scalpel​
* hole punch leather
* leather lacing techniques
* set rivets and other fastenings
* emboss leather to personalise it with your name or initials
* use a variety of traditional leatherwork tools

Courses run from 10am to 1pm and from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Esther Keen has been a leather worker for over 10 years and studied bag design and construction at the London College of Fashion before going on to work in the industry as a leather worker and sample maker.

Each workshop has been thoughtfully designed to enable leather craft beginners and people who have a little experience with leather and sewing to hand make beautiful, functional leather bags, belts and shoes in just a few hours using simple techniques, and a few key leather work tools. I want to give people the skills and knowledge so that they can recreate what they've learnt at home.

Carefully sourced full grain vegetable tanned leather means that each piece handmade in a Leather Needle Thread workshop will be full of integrity and long lasting.

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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?

All materials are included in the workshop fee.

Also included is tea, herbal teas and coffee.

Want to review this course?

This is a very well organised course, that was really enjoyable.
Good selection of colours to choose from and Esther was on hand to guide us through all the stages, so that we all finished up with great leather bags. I was surprised and pleased with the finished item, and would recommend this course to anyone wanting to have a go at leatherwork.

- - #23102

Response from Leather Needle Thread:

Thank you Denise for such a lovely review! It was really nice to meet you and I'm glad you are happy with your wonderful new bag! Esther

This is a brilliant workshop! Working from Esther’s lovely studio we learnt how to create our very own stitchless leather bags. The hardest part was choosing which of the gorgeous leathers to use. I can highly recommend giving it a go.

- - #21671

What a great way to spend a morning with friends. Good designs to choose from and wide variety of coloured leathers. It was a well managed course with all of us completing our bags on time (with embossing too!) - and there was time for tea and delicious cake.

- - #8358

Hands down, by far, the BEST class I have been too!! Esther is amazingly talented and a brilliant teacher - class is well structured, clearly explained and fun! There are different bag designs and a beautiful range of leathers to choose from, which means everyone can make a bag which is unique to them. Lovely atmosphere - very friendly and relaxed. Highly recommended! Still smitten with my new bag! Thank you Esther

- - #8138

Really excellent course. You are given a choice of bag design and colour and then you get on with making them in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Esther gives clear and simple instructions and lots of one-to-one attention. It felt good for the soul to be making something with my hands and now I have a lovely bag that has already received compliments (just on my way home from the workshop!). I highly recommend it!

- - #6639

Absolutely brilliant course! Esther helped throughout the morning but also let us get stuck in and do our own thing. Really loved getting creative and properly using my hands to make something to be proud of. Also, excellent tea and cake at the venue we were at which was provided (and made a welcome break from mallet work!).
Can't stop looking at my lovely little bag, thank you again.

- - #6636

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 30th November 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly

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