1 Day ‘Introduction to Leatherwork’

Description – An Introduction To Leatherwork

An introduction to leatherwork with professional tuition given by experienced leather-workers.

On this one-day introductory leatherwork course students will learn how to use leatherworker’s tools, work with a pre-made pattern, accurately cut and prepare leather, then spend an enjoyable afternoon creating the project of their choice. Each student will also master the skill of traditional saddle stitching so that they may continue to practice at home. This introductory course places emphasis on teaching students many of the basic skills needed for leatherwork and students should be assured that this professional course will equip them with ample skills to enable them to progress to the next level.

Suggested projects suitable for this course include; Belt or belt pouch, small card slip or wallet, small clutch bag or tablet sleeve, mobile phone slip or similar project.

By the end of the day students can expect to have:

  • Learnt how to understand and work with, a card template, or pattern.
  • A good understanding of the material and what is meant by the term ‘vegetable tanned’ leather.
  • Become competent at using a leatherworker’s knife for both straight and curved cuts.
  • Practised how to prepare the leather for hand stitching using a selection of leatherworker’s tools.
  • Mastered the technique of ‘preparing a thread’.
  • Become confident while using a harness awl.
  • Learnt how to saddle stitch with the aid of the saddler’s clam(p).
  • Developed a good edge finishing technique.
  • Used a hand press for precision cutting.
  • Fitted and secured basic metal hardware.
  • Practised sharpening a knife and harness awl blade.

*Please note: Tablet sleeve patterns will be available in a variety of sizes and can accommodate electronic devices with a maximum depth (thickness) of 20mm. Students should bring their device with them, if they are intending to make one of these beautiful sleeves.

Will I be able to continue my new hobby after the course?

Absolutely! By the end of this leather course you will have gained sufficient skills to continue making basic leatherwork projects and you may even take a copy of the pattern you use, home with you.  There will also be the opportunity to purchase a ‘Beginner’s Toolkit’ and some vegetable tanned leather to get you started!

Introductory leather course

How much does this course cost?

The full course price is £195.00 per person, payable in advance.

You can book as an individual or as a small group – the perfect excuse for a ‘get-together!’

Tell me what’s included in the price:

There are no hidden extras! All leather and attachments used during the course are included in the course fee. A spacious workspace is allocated to each student and tools, tea, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too so all you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a packed lunch. A full day of professional leatherwork tuition with course notes and plenty of help and advice in sourcing leather and materials so you can continue leatherwork at home. 

We like to ensure that everyone gets individual attention so we provide tuition to small groups of 4 only. Please contact us for suitability and more information.

introductory leather course

Where is the course held?

Our Leatherwork courses are held at the foot of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, West Wales…. Perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy the course.


How do I book a place on this course?

Simply click the Book Now button, fill in your details and we will be in touch very shortly with payment instructions, normally via cheque, BACS or Paypal… Book Now.   Alternatively you can buy aGift Voucher

  • JAN 2023 Sat 21st
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 by Helen B

I spent a brilliant day on the Introduction to Leatherwork course last week. I learnt so much from Gaynor and was inspired to do more. We covered so much in the day and I came home with a beautiful belt that has been much admired. The old chapel is a great workshop in beautiful surroundings. I've already tried to make a leather needle holder and have ordered some tools. I plan to return for another course to increase my skills.

 by Adam

I did a weekend leather course at GDH this past October and absolutely loved it. Between Gaynor and her team, there was always someone to guide you along in the process which was the best part. I walked away with lots of new skills that I'm excited to apply in personal projects. Looking forward to taking more courses in the future!

 by Joanna

Absolutely fantastic day! I booked the course for a friend and myself and came away completely inspired. I was not sure whether I would be able to manage it as I have arthritis in my hands but it was not a problem. Gaynor and her team were wonderful, made everything seem easy and the workshop in the old chapel was inspiring. I can't wait to get some tools and get going on some more projects

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