1-2-1 courses

Leatherwork -An Introduction

An intensive one day immersion in key skills – with additional days (optional but desirable) for extended learning of additional skills.

Compared with a group course or a themed single project course, this 1-2-1 Introduction to Leatherwork Course is far more focused, gives greater understanding and covers skills not possible in a group or when time is constrained to complete a particular single project.

I have run 2 day courses for many years but have increasingly found that additional days are best left for a while so that the key skills can be consolidated before moving on to say bag making or more complex projects. I therefore arrange additional days for later than the initial day.

This also reduces the initial expense to give you time to asses your desire to invest in the tools and materials to continue with the craft.

This course is designed to equip you with the key skills necessary to continue developing your craft at home and pushes you much further than you would imagine possible in 1 day.

After a short introduction including leather types, their properties and uses, how to start off neat and basic principals etc It will be a hands-on to the projects with tools, advice and guidance introduced in small bites throughout the day.

We will be concentrating on the more crisp items of leather goods such as purses, card/ipad holders, cases, belts, sheaths, possibles pouches, tool guards, journal covers and simple bags rather than soft delicate items. 

The following is an outline only – we will discuss your interests before the course and it will be tailor made to suit your needs.

Neat stitching


There will be many core processes taught including some of the following:-

  • The correct tool for each task and how to maintain them.
  • Laying out the stitch line and distance
  • Types, colours and size of threads
  • Cutting out complex shapes/curves and edge bevelling
  • Skiving and Edge Burnishing
  • Saddle Stitch sewing with linen or polyester thread and 2 needles
  • Setting  Rivets and Fasteners
  • Wet form moulding and creasing
  • Dyeing, finishing and polishing


Will be dependant on your interests and will be chosen  from a carefully developed range that incorporate the key skills, including: – a purse with press stud, credit card holder,  a wet formed and dyed leather bowl, a bushcraft knife sheath (knife included), a chunky 1.5 inch jeans belt, a lurcher style dog collar or another project to suit your interests as long as I am sure the key skills will be included

The intention of these projects is not the end product, delightful as they are, but rather the processes that you go through and skills learnt.


At the conclusion of this course I am confident you will be able to tackle most leather projects with confidence and with the assurance that I will support you by email whenever you need it.

At the end of the day, when you are travelling home with all of this new found knowledge I will email you back up information such as a suppliers and tools list to help you get started in this great craft.


If this is not quite what you are looking for – get in touch and we will design a bespoke course especially for you. (or click on the bespoke courses tab above)

Comments on my teaching:-

“What a wonderful day, thank you so much. Darryl loves the belt, he’s really impressed, the poo bag holder is perfect and Noodle (her dog) looks so handsome in his perfectly fitted collar” Sara. 

“Thanks for a great course, you ran and organised  the whole thing brilliantly” Lou

“I just wanted to say thanks again for a brilliant course, it exceeded all of my expectations and more!” Jamie

“I thoroughly enjoyed the leatherworking course and would find it difficult to think of any ways to improve. There was just the right amount of skill tuition and the bite size approach seemed to work well. I have definitely been giving the whole experience a glowing report to friends and family. Such a tranquil place to learn new skills.” Jemma

“the course was well planned and the projects undertaken allowed us to gain a surprising number of skills and techniques in a very short time – all delivered with good-humoured patience by Rob.

“I’m keen to come back next month and learn more” Julia

”Well done, you have a real talent for teaching craft skills, quiet, gently and with authority and humour” Tim



You will learn the ergonomic differences in working at different heights for accuracy 




Victoria at the standing workstation





and at the sitting workstation



 Two of the techniques you will learn are – edge beveling and laying out a pattern with the scratch awl


Edge Bevelling



Marking out with scratch awl