Leather Course – An Introduction to Leatherwork

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!

Introductory leather course

How much does this course cost?

The full course price is £155.00 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.

introductory leather course

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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 7 reviews

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 arthirtis 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 church 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!

I recently attended the Introduction to Leatherwork course and would highly recommend it to everyone (in fact I already have) I was able to work on my own project at my own pace, learn new skills and also have something to take away at the end of the day.Gaynor, Hannah and Julie were brilliantly patient and shared skills and ideas freely.All of this and in such a stunning location, you can’t go wrongThank you

I booked this course for my mother and myself as a very early Christmas present! We both thoroughly enjoyed the course and we're so pleased with the iPad cases we made. Gaynor and her team were great - they demonstrated the skills we needed very clearly, were always to hand when help was needed and made us feel very welcome in their lovely workshop. We left inspired and with the skills to try a similar project at home and would love to return to do another of Gaynor's courses next year.

It was a brilliant day !

It was fantastic to come away with such a lovely product of amazing quality i was really chuffed.

Im really glad that i attended the course i learnt of a lot of new skills which i can now use within my work.

Gaynors old church workshop was amazing. I left with a urge of wanting to know more and attend another course with Gaynor and the girls.

What a brilliant day!

It really is possible to make yourself a beautiful hand stitched leather kindle case in a day. Even if you've never done it before.

Gaynor and her team are brilliant trainers, always making you feel that your questions are not stupid, that you have not just gone wrong... and that it will all be fine. All this and they provide cake too.

I really can't recommend this course highly enough, it was the best day 🙂

I went along to the Gentle Introduction to Leatherwork Course and came away bursting with pride and with a huge sense of achievement, I can’t quite believe that I’ve actually made myself a leather, HAND STITCHED ipad case. And rather smugly, I can’t wait to show off!

Gaynor and her team offer a great experience sharing traditional leatherwork skills used for hundreds of years. I cannot recommend this course enough and would love to return to learn more. Another course is on my Christmas list and wishing to add to my collection, I aim to leave with a bag in which to carry my ipad case!

If you are looking to learn a new skill and want to try something new, enrol on one of Gaynor's workshops.

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