Leatherworking: traditional skills & contemporary design

About the courses

The Leatherwork courses provided by Valerie Michael and Neil MacGregor are based upon the techniques described in ‘The Leatherworking Handbook’ and experience of over 40 years as designers and makers of hand stitched leathergoods.  Tuition is centred upon an awareness of both craftsmanship and design, so for students who are particularly interested in contemporary fashion accessories or more traditional leathergoods, these highly regarded courses provide the  foundation and progression students require.

2016 Leatherwork Courses

For 2016, we are offering courses covering a range of abilities and of various lengths, depending on the complexity of the syllabus. These start with short Hand stitched leathergoods courses then progress to Bag design, Travel bags, Mens & Small Leathergoods and more. Look at each of the course details pages for descriptions, costs and dates. More dates may be added as the year progresses so please keep looking for new dates. 

These practical courses teach students how to design & make a wide range of leather goods using only hand techniques. These include bags for women and men, cases, belts and associated fashion accessories, small leathergoods including wallets & purses, travel bags/luggage, etc, using vegetable tanned leathers. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual styles and are helped to experiment and explore the creative potential of leather.

All courses take place in our workshop so with a maximum of 5 students per course, everyone receives individual tuition. A set of tools is provided for each student to use and a range of leathers, hand tools, metal fittings and other materials are available for students to buy if they wish. Patterns and course notes are provided for specialist courses and a ‘Suppliers List’ is supplied. Lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments are provided within the course fees. See the drop down menu for full course details . Daily session times are 9.00am – 5.30pm ( Sundays we finish at 5.00 pm) . How to get to Tetbury and where to stay see FAQ

To book: Simply select the course and add to the shopping cart.  We accept all major payment cards, all payments are taken through a secure gateway.

Once a booking has been made and the course deposit paid, you will receive a ‘Student learning contract & agreement’  within 7 days, as confirmation. This includes information about payment of the balance of your fee, session times, lunch arrangements, location, travel information, places to stay, etc. See our Terms and Conditions which includes our cancellation and refunds policy.

If courses you want to book show as ‘Out of Stock‘ it means they are full , but please email to ask to be placed on the Reserve List so you can be contacted in case of cancellations. You will  automatically be added to our ‘Earlybird List‘ for dates in 2017 .

Local jeweller Tim Blades is offering 3 day casting courses so students can learn how to design, carve in wax then cast a bag fitting or buckle. Click here to link to his course details.

Course NameDateLengthPlaces available
Winter School January 25 –29Monday to Friday 2
Spring SchoolMarch 14 - 18Monday to Friday 0
Bag Design and constructionApril 9 - 14Saturday to Thursday0
Hand stitched leathergoodsMay 14 - 15Weekend0
Mens and Small leathergoodsJune 11 - 16Saturday to Thursday0
Summer SchoolAugust 22 - 26Monday to Friday0
Autumn SchoolSeptember 24 - 28Saturday to Wednesday 0
Travel Bags October 22 - 27Saturday to Thursday0
Hand stitched leathergoodsNovember 12 - 13Weekend1
Hand stitched leathergoodsDecember 3 - 4Weekend4