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Leather Needle Thread

Contact name: Esther Keen
Total bookings
over 7 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

I set up Leather Needle Thread in 2016 teaching handbag making workshops in Bristol, UK. Having guided over 300 people to make their own DIY leather bags (and the odd espadrille and leather sneaker!) from scratch I learnt what they found challenging, what they enjoyed and how they developed a sense of pride in their abilities. I have been a leatherworker 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 leatherworker and sample maker. The bag making kits were dreamed up because I wanted to give people a way to easily make covetable leather bags from beautiful materials, minimal tools and pared-back techniques in their own home.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Make a Mini Stitchless Leather Bag Workshop
Next date: 13th May 2024
4 places left
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Make Your Own Leather Sneakers in a Day Workshop
Next date: 23rd May 2024
4 places left
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Make your own Stitchable Phone Pouch
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Make your own Stitchless Bucket Bag DIY Kit
19 items left
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Make Your Own Stitchless Leather Bag in a Day Workshop
Next date: 2nd May 2024
4 places left
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Make your own Stitchless Saddle Bag DIY kit
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Paint your own Mini Envelope Wallet DIY Kit
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Stitchless Mini Bag Kit
20 items left

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
26 Jan 20'

Jan reviewed: Make a leather bag in a day workshop

"Really enjoyable day. I found Esther a great teacher and am absolutely thrilled with the bag I made and would love to do another of her courses. I would definitely recommend this 'Make a leather bag' workshop. Thank you Esther. Jan"

Leather Needle Thread responded:

"Hi Jan, Thanks for such a great review! It was really lovely to meet you, I really enjoyed helping you make your beautiful new bag. Best wishes, Esther"

4 Dec 19'

Jonathan Howell reviewed: Stitchless bags workshop - learn how to craft your own leather bag with no stitching

"Ok, so I did have a little trouble finding the place but that's me. However, once there, with a welcoming cup of tea in hand, you can relax into a totally non-stressful and deeply creative morning. A workshop so ably and gently led by Esther, demonstrating; encouraging; and enabling all the time, 'till, before you know it, 3 hours have just flown by; final touches completed; everyone else's creations admired; photo the bag - and then the realization hits - "Wow, I made that !" Thank you Esther."

Leather Needle Thread responded:

"What a lovely review!! Thank you so much Jonathan. It was really nice to meet you and I loved your bag!"

3 Dec 19'

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

"Second time in a course from Esther and thoroughly enjoyed it again. Esther is a great teacher and explains everything so well. It’s a small group so you get plenty of time when you need support or advice. And you come away with a completed bag in three hours. If you are considering this workshop, definitely sign up. It’s a great introduction to working with leather. Thanks Esther and look forward to another course in 2020."

Leather Needle Thread responded:

"Hi Toby, thank you for such a lovely review! Your bag is superb! best wishes, Esther"

1 Dec 19'

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

"What a wonderful way to spend a few hours - attended the half day no stitch bag course and loved every minute. Esther is a fab teacher and very patient (when you um and ah over what colour combos) . I learnt loads and came away with a little treasure that I keep swinging about in front of people - pleased as punch. Will be back to learn more leather techniques."

Leather Needle Thread responded:

"Hi Naomi, thanks so much for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you and I'm really pleased you love your new bag!"

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