Intensive Leatherwork Course

Description – Intensive Leatherwork  Training

Working by hand and with vegetable tanned leather this 5 day ‘Intensive Leatherwork Course’ offers a steep learning curve of leather-working skills.  This intermediate-advanced level course is ideal if you’d like to master a variety of traditional leatherwork techniques in one block.  Mastering techniques such as these is crucial if you want to create more advanced or detailed projects. While you’re here you can choose from the list below which of the techniques you’d like to focus on when designing your project during the final two days of the course. In addition, you will also benefit from creating sample sections of each of the remaining techniques.

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Once learned, some of these techniques can be incorporated into your own hand-stitched leatherwork project which you can develop during the course and can complete at home if necessary – all students will be given support in creating an ‘order of assembly’ to take away with them so they can confidently complete their project.

  • Pre-prepared course notes will be provided and students will be supported by two professional leatherwork tutors.
  • Essential pattern and maquette making skills
  • Bound and piped seams
  • Rounded, padded and flat handles
  • Butt stitching cylindrical items
  • Box stitching
  • Fitting pockets and zips
  • Fabric and leather linings

Intensive Leatherwork Course - Piercing on the Block

This course is best suited to those who have had some previous experience of traditional leatherwork.  Please contact us if you’re not sure if this course is suitable for you, or if you’d like more information about the course content.


Leather TubeHow much does it cost?

The course fee is £995.00 per person

This is a 5 day intermediate-advanced course running Wednesday – Sunday, with a half day on the Friday.  You can book as an individual or as a group. Please be assured; we never cancel courses – once you have booked we guarantee the course will run.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is running for the last time and will not be repeated.

Tell me what’s included in the price:

A predetermined quantity of leather and attachments allocated to each student for sample work is included in the course fee, although the cost of materials outside of this will be additional.  Pre-prepared course notes are provided.  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 each day is yourself and a packed lunch. To ensure that everyone gets individual attention we have two tutors providing tuition to small groups of 4 only. Please contact us for suitability and more information.

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Where is the course held?

Our ‘Intensive Leatherwork Course’ is 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

Course dates are:

  • AUG 2017 Wed 23rd to Sun 27th - FULL
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 3 reviews

Really good course. Lots of helpful info on how to take your leatherwork to the next level. It's not just about bags ... the skills learned can be applied to making blokeish things too!
Busy schedule, loads to learn but most of all good fun. Thanks to Gaynor, Enya & Siân for their patience and good humour.

by Ilona Ramsay on Intensive Leatherwork Course

An excellent course. Lots of help and advice along the way.
All the techniques provided me with more skills to make different bags and items, making them look that bit different. The techniques I picked up have helped me deal with variations I hadn't planned on whilst making my latest bag, a mistake becomes a feature!
A great few days with good company, makes it fun to make bags.

What an excellent course - Gaynor is an great teacher, and her and her team will help you to learn so many new skills that you can't wait to use. I was delighted with the improvements I made, and I now have the confidence to try much bigger, more complicated bags from my own designs. It is such a lovely place to learn and with a friendly atmosphere you can't fail to have a good time. Many thanks to Gaynor, Enya and Sian for their support and unfailing patience. I do hope to come on another course soon!

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