Description – An Introduction To Leatherwork
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!
How much does this course cost?
The full course price is £180.00 per person, payable in advance.
You can book as an individual or as a group – the perfect excuse for a ‘get-together!’ Please be assured; we never cancel courses – once you have booked we guarantee the course will run.
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.
To ensure that everyone gets individual attention we have two tutors on this course, providing tuition to small groups of 8 only. Please contact us for suitability and more information.
Where is the course held?
Our Leatherwork courses are held in a beautiful 19th Century Welsh chapel 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
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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!
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
I recently attended this one day workshop with no real idea what to expect apart from learning how to use the tools and learn to saddle stitch. I came away with a self designed purse in the colours of my choice and I couldn't be more chuffed. My interest has been spiked ( should that be Awled?) and I have already planned my next project.
Gaynor and her team of lovely ladies were really supportive and encouraging and nothing was too much trouble. The wood burning stove was welcoming on that stormy day and the homemade cakes were lush. Want to go back!