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Introduction to Leatherwork (short course)

Why study this course?

This four-session course will give you a taste of working with leather, providing a practical guide with emphasis on hands-on application.


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This course will introduce you to the basic skills used in leatherwork. Students with little or no experience of leatherwork will be taught basic skills by making two small items in leather. The projects will cover skills such as cutting and stitching leather.

The course is designed to equip you with the basic skills necessary for you to continue developing the craft of leatherwork. It will be a hands-on approach with advice and guidance throughout, and we'll be using a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will be guided through the techniques used so that you can make simple items, such as a small leather pouch that you will be able to take away.

You will learn:

  • about different types of leathers and what uses they can be put to
  • about the basic hand tools used in leatherwork and what jobs they are used for
  • to hand stitch and machine sew leather
  • to personalize or pattern leather by stamping
  • simple techniques used in leatherwork
  • to mould leather
  • to colour leather

Tutor profile

Read more about course tutor Franco Marinelli.

The course is suited to those with little or no experience and for those with an interest in working with leather. This is a practical course so requires a degree of manual dexterity.

"The teacher was so knowledgeable and taught us with so much warmth and humour. We covered a huge amount of techniques and the emphasis was always on take-home skills that we would be able to use in future."

Course dates Not currently available
Length One day a week for four sessions
Day and time Monday, 10am to 4pm (excluding bank holidays)
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 20

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

In addition to the course fee there will be a material cost of up to £15.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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