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.

2015 Leatherwork Courses

All remaining courses for 2015 are full. Dates for 2016  will be ready soon so please look again on Wednesday 7th October.

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 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. If courses you are particularly interested in show as ‘Out of Stock‘ so are full , please email to ask to be placed on the reserve list so you can be contacted in case of cancellations. You will then be automatically added to our ‘Earlybird’ list for dates in 2016 which will be ready 7th October

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.

Courses with places left:

Course NameDateLengthPlaces available
Winter School January 26 –30Monday to Friday 0
Hand stitched leathergoods February 7-8Weekend0
Hand stitched leathergoods February 21-22Weekend0
Spring School March 7-11Saturday to Wednesday0
Decorated Leather March 14-15Weekend0
Bags -design and construction April 12-17Sunday to Friday0
Hand stitched leathergoodsJuly 1-2Wednesday to Thursday0
Travel BagsJuly 5-10Sunday to Friday0
Summer SchoolAugust 24-28Monday to Friday0
Leather RestorationSeptember 7-11Monday to Friday0
Autumn SchoolSeptember 20-24Sunday to Thursday0
Hand stitched leathergoodsOctober 24-25Weekend0
Small LeathergoodsOctober 28-30Wednesday to Friday0
Mens LeathergoodsNovember 14-18Saturday to Wednesday0
Hand stitched leathergoodsDecember 5-6Weekend0

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