When it comes to leather craftsmanship, London has a lot to offer for anyone from aspiring artists to hobbyists looking for a short course over the weekend. To guide you to the right leather-crafting course for your style in London, we assembled a list of reputable institutes that focuses on teaching leather-craft. Listed below are the name of the institutes, the courses they offer, the budget for the leather-working course and the amount of time required to complete it.
Many of these courses listed below are short, easy-to-pick-up courses on leather-working which you won’t find anywhere else in London. So, if you are an aspiring artist wanting to jump into leather crafting, then take up one of the following courses and see how well it suits you. Many of these courses don’t take a significant time investment; likewise, some can even be finished within a couple of hours. These leather courses are great for leather hobbyists who want to get their hands on real leather-working.
London Metropolitan University offers a short course on
- Leather Belt Making | 3 sessions | £380 plus additional material fees
The Leather Belt Making workshop will introduce you to the skills used in bridlework. You’ll learn how to cut a leather strap accurately and use decorative tooling, hand dyeing and finishing. You’ll also learn about belt hardware and how it is fitted.
Course Tutor – Franco Marinelli
Franco Marinelli’s upholstery career started in Italy where he trained as a traditional upholsterer. Since moving to England, he has set up his own workshop Franelli, restoring and repairing the furniture, specialising in leather-work. Franco Marinelli is on the board of directors of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF). With over thirty years’ experience of his craft, he has been teaching for over a decade.
Obby offers a workshop on upcycling a leather jacket into a leather bag.
- Upcycle a Jacket into a Leather Bag | One 5 hour course | £120
Bring your old leather jacket in or choose one from their selection. Throughout the five-hour workshop, learn how to turn it into a leather bag. This workshop is about encouraging students to see the value that already exists in materials and use them. The course covers understanding patterns, sewing leather, design details, using leather tools and finishing with rivets and edge treatments. Note: this course does not teach hand-stitching or tooling.
Workshop Tutor – Love and Salvage
Love and Salvage create durable fashion accessories from waste materials. They also have a passion for teaching others the skills to do the same. They also empower students to develop their projects.
The London Leather Workshop has a bespoke one to one tuition course.
- Bespoke One-to-One tuition | 2 – 8 hrs or multiple days | From £20-£24per hour plus additional fees for materials
This customised course is tailor-made to suit your needs, either developing specific projects, the foundations of a new business or just teaching new sewing skills through the creation of unique items – from handbags and purses to simple garments and soft furnishings – that can be taken home at the end of the course.
Course Tutors – Sara and Melissa
The founders of The London Leather Workshop have 15 years of experience under their belts in sewing, designing and pattern making. Beginning in Italy as students and later employees of small brands, they also acquired experience in fashion, graphic design and illustration and have trained others throughout their careers. On moving to England, they founded their artisan studio where they use their workspace to pass on their knowledge to other makers.
I Can Make Shoes offers a range of shoemaking short courses
- 10 Day Footwear Master Programme | 10 sessions | £3,200
- 3 Day Intensive Shoemaking Course | 3 sessions | £625
- Weekend Simple Sneaker Making Course | 2 sessions | £350
- And more
I Can Make shoes offers a variety of beginner-friendly shoemaking short courses that include materials within the price and also provide high-quality leather and vegan alternatives. Some courses cover theory and design as well as practice, with the 10 Day course teaching the development of a cohesive collection of shoes while the Weekend course simply shows how to make a pair of essential sneakers.
London College of Fashion offers a summer bag making course.
- Bag Making Summer School | 25 sessions | £3295
This extensive leather bag making course explores popular bag shapes, basic pattern cutting techniques, different bag constructions. It offers the opportunity to attend leather merchants and make three bags working on industrial sewing machines. In small classes of no more than ten students, you will make a cross-body satchel, a decorative structured bag and a bag of your design (with all leather trimmings, materials and tools for the first two provided at no extra cost).
Georgie Tym graduated from Cordwainers at London College of Fashion and since then has worked for many luxury accessories companies, gaining extensive industry experience and lecturing for LCF.
Eting Liu graduated from UAL with a degree in Accessories: Product Design and went on to work for one of London’s leading leather studios. She later set up Studio168 in East London, offering design consultancy, product development and production and attracting big brands as loyal customers. With eight years’ industry experience, she now lectures at LCF.
Eventbrite Grand Life LND bags
- Clever With Leather | One 1hour session | £21.91
Make your very own coin purse or phone/glasses case using fun leathercraft techniques such as hand sewing or leather Lacing together leather pieces.
Course Tutor – Grand Life LND bags
“As a Creative from the UK, London, I am madly in love with all things creative. Fashion, music, and art all play such a major part of my DNA, so much so that I decided to live, breathe and work in it.”
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