Traditional Leatherwork Courses
An exciting and absorbing two day course for men and women, which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely ‘hands on’ course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our pre-cut patterns – so while you’ll learn an abundance of new skills, there’s not too much maths necessary for you to enjoy this course!… Find out more or buy a gift voucher
A practical and enjoyable two day course spent learning how to make a hand stitched leather satchel. Perfectly suitable for men and women, this course has been designed to increase your skills but there’s no need to worry if you’re new to leatherwork, as beginners are also welcome. Your beautiful two-tone leather, cross-body satchel will be completed in just a weekend… Find out more
Begin each course day with an exciting new project! This progressional course is designed to develop your traditional leather-working skills over 3 days. Perfect for both complete beginners and for students who would like to experience working on different projects, simultaneously. The course will introduce students to three different areas of leatherwork: Wet-moulding, small leather goods and cylindrical box making or traditional belt making. Different tools, methods and leather are required for each, so students can expect an interesting and informative 3 days! Find out more
This ‘Leather Tool Bag Course’ has been designed for students of all levels of ability. While construction methods are similar to our Satchel and Bag Making courses, the Leather Tool Bag Course is more ‘heavy-duty’, so students can expect to work with heavier leather and to master the setting of solid rivets and the fitting of buckles. Having chosen whether to work from a pre- drawn, or an adjusted pattern, students will make a sturdy tool bag using brass or copper hardware, natural vegetable tanned leather and traditional hand stitching techniques. Find out more
An exciting three day course spent learning the beautiful craft of leather glove making. Perfectly suitable for men and women, this course will introduce you to the history of glove making and equip you with the knowledge and skills required to make your trial glove. Learn about glove anatomy; sizes, patterns and measuring; glove making stitches including edge and decorative… Find out more
During this one day course students gain an thorough introduction to leatherwork tools, materials and skills. Spend the day making a smart leather belt, mobile phone slip, or perhaps a sleeve for your *electronic device while mastering the skills of a traditional leatherworker. This course is a wonderful, stress free introduction to leatherwork…. Find out more
A weekend taster course for beginners who are interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker. This course gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ skills including hand cutting & stitching in a traditional saddler’s clam, professional finishing, use of leather dyes, wet moulding leather and blind embossing and decoration… Find out more
A two day beginners, or introductory level leatherwork course teaching you how to create and construct beautiful protective leather book sleeves and jackets. A very practical course teaching hand stitching skills and a basic introduction to pattern making. These beautiful book sleeves can be professionally embossed with titles and students will be also be able to personalise them. This course is suitable for anyone who would like to spend a relaxing leather-working weekend in a small group setting… Find out more
Design, develop and make your own leatherwork project. Spend four very informative days on any project of your choice. From designing, to developing and on to creating, we’ll help you take your design from paper, to reality. Using natural vegetable tanned leather and traditional hand stitching techniques you will learn how to build your design in a structured and successful way, to ensure professional results. If you’ve been looking for a traditional leatherwork course that allows and encourages you, to create a project that’s entirely your own design, then this is the course for you… Find out more
This three day course is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to wet-mould vegetable tanned leather and create a smart moulded leather bag or rucksack. Equally suitable for men or women it teaches the basic skills required to create moulded leather goods. This is a very practical, hands-on course focusing on wet-moulding and hand stitching vegetable tanned leather … Find out more
This three day course concentrates on teaching the ‘box’ and ‘butt’ stitches required to make beautiful, cylindrical, leather keepsake containers. A very practical course which is equally suitable for men and women who would like to learn how to make these luxurious items for re-sale, gifts, or just for themselves! Find out more
This course is for those who’d like to develop more advanced leatherwork techniques and projects. The course presents an opportunity for students to make a good range of sample seams to take home with them, plus work on a project of their choice while they’re here. New skills and techniques are so much easier to master in class than they are if struggling to work through them on your own … Find out more
Issue #8 of Waxing The Thread has 36 pages of leatherwork articles, tips, how to’s and easy-to-follow step-by-step Projects all focused entirely around the topic of traditional hand-stitched leatherwork. There are patterns too, including one for a watch strap – an ideal gift! There’s also a step-by-step guide for making your own strop plus other helpful information for those still learning the craft. This issue introduces the beginner to dyeing leather and there are ’Tips from the Dye Bench’ to get you started. For those keen on photography, you’ll be pleased to see that Project 2 is a Camera Bag, plus we’ve included a pattern for a leather camera strap – another perfect gift! We hope you’ll enjoy the Interview With… Identity Leather Craft as much as we did and hope you’ll enjoy reading about some of our favourite, vintage, leather-working books. And finally, when you’ve worked through some of the Projects or Patterns in issue #8 we’re crossing fingers that you’ll send us some pics of your work.
Issue #7 of Waxing The Thread has 36 pages of leatherwork articles, tips, how to’s and easy-to-follow step-by-step Projects all centred of course, around the topic of traditional hand-stitched leatherwork. There are Pattern Pages too, plus a useful ‘Stitch Marker’ tool guide and other helpful information for beginners of the craft. This issue introduces the concept of wet-moulding leather, making basic formers, and offers help with Back and Cross stitch in order for you to complete the projects within. For more accomplished leather-workers there are interviews; the first, with shoemaker Ruth-Emily Davey and the second with a well known leatherworker – and author – Nigel Armitage. We hope you’ll also enjoy the fascinating article about traditional leather-covered coracles. When you’ve read through #7 turn to the popular Just For Fun page and have ago at the crossword competition …good luck!
Issue 6 of Waxing The Thread has 40 pages of leatherwork articles, tips, how to’s and easy-to-follow step-by-step Projects. There are Pattern Pages too, plus a helpful ‘channel’ tool guide and other leatherwork related info’ for beginners. This issue also introduces a new skill; fitting a zip, offers advice on edge finishing, what to do with surplus leather, and if you’re not too busy with all of that, there’s also a few double-page features and finally, the popular Just For Fun page!
Issue 5 of Waxing The Thread has 36 pages of leatherwork articles, tips, how to’s and easy-to-follow projects and patterns. With plenty of helpful information for beginners, this issue also introduces a new skill, offers advice on pattern making and tool maintenance, plus there’s a chance to win a Clicker Knife on the competition page!
The forth issue of Waxing The Thread. A UK leatherwork magazine for hobbyists of the craft. 40 pages filled with easy-to-follow projects, patterns, tips, techniques and leatherwork related articles, there’s plenty inside to help you develop your skills…
The third issue of Waxing The Thread. A UK leatherwork magazine for hobbyists of the craft. 36 pages filled with easy-to-follow projects, patterns, tips, techniques and leatherwork related articles, there’s plenty inside to help you develop your skills…
The second issue of Waxing The Thread. A UK leatherwork magazine for hobbyists of the craft. 36 pages filled with easy-to-follow projects, patterns, tips, techniques and leatherwork related articles, there’s plenty inside to help you develop your skills…
‘Waxing the Thread’ is a practical workshop magazine for hobbyists of traditional leatherwork. The first project in issue 1 is aimed at complete novices as well as those who’d like a ‘reminder’ of basic techniques. Follow the simple step-by-step guide and colour photos as you work through the project. You’ll also find an essential introduction to pattern making as part of Project 1, plus a follow-on project which will reinforce your new pattern making and leatherwork skills…. Buy Now