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Leatherworking: traditional skills & contemporary design

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.  Courses for 2014  are full but we are now taking bookings for 2015.

2015 Leatherwork Courses

For 2015 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, Leather restoration & repair techniques, Travel bagsSmall leathergoods, Mens 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 up 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: 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’ as confirmation which 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.