Contact Name: Nigel Armitage
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Nigel has been a bespoke maker for thirty years focusing on the longstanding traditions of making leather goods completely by hand. Six years ago, after many requests, Nigel began teaching one to one classes passing on these techniques.
Today, Nigel can now be found sharing his skills offering both individual and group courses in his Midlands based workshop which has been specifically designed to offer the best learning experience.
During my recent week with Nigel, day one not only included correct my stitching technique, but we also discussed measuring, cutting and marking leather. It was in awe of what I encountered and learned in one day with Nigel. His approach ensures the student takes the skills home to be continued! One never feels his instruction will be forgotten the following day. His style of teaching is done in such a manner that information seeps in to remain. I cannot recommend enough the need to spend time with this incredible mentor.
I had never worked with leather and my experience of using a needle was when I occasionally sewed holes in clothes. Suddenly at the age of 38 I find myself feeling like a school boy because I have no idea what I should be doing and to be honest it was a pleasant change to feel out of my comfort zone. Nigel showed me the basics and within an hour and a half I had learnt something totally new and I had created something small but beautiful a leather key ring with a brass ring. In the space of an hour and a half I became hooked with the thought that I might actually be able to to more. Nigel is an excellent tutor in leather work and put me at ease when I wasn't sure what I was doing and explained in simple ways about various tools and methods for crafting and working the leather. I'm now looking forward to owning my own tools and working with Nige again soon to create something new. I would definitely recommend Nige to anybody who fancies a new challenge or is interested in leather work.
I recently spent a day with Nigel in his studio. I went there specifically to learn more about edge finishing. We covered this in great depth and covered loads more stuff as well. As I said to him at the time, it was easily the best money I had spent in a very long time! I was struck by how readily Nigel shared his knowledge and contacts. By the end of the day he had compiled an email for me with his recommended suppliers for all kinds of tools and leather and I've gone on to buy from them. I've learned loads, in a nice environment and from a master. I'm planning to return again (from Ireland) in 2017.
I recently spent two days with Nigel in his workshop. I have been doing leatherwork for a few years but wanted to perfect my skills and learn new ones. Nigel very quickly worked out what stage I was at and ran the course at the perfect level. He was very willing to share his vast knowledge of leatherwork and suppliers. I was made to feel very relaxed and subsequently learned a great amount. He also included pattern and design process as part of the course. I found this helped me understanding the rules behind a good design. I now feel I will be able to make better quality leathergoods and designs. I look forward to having another course with Nigel sometime. I would highly recommend his courses.