CREATE YOUR RECYCLED LEATHER ITEM – One to one tuition
At our studio (map)
Anytime during our workg hours (find out)
Slots of 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours or multiples days
2 to 6 hours £28 per hour
7 to 12 hours £25 per hour
13+ hours £22 per hour
The cost depends on the complexity of your project
Beginners, intermediates, advanced
WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?
This is a one to one customised course during which you will be taught the basic skills of working with leather and create a unique item recycling your old leather bag, jacket or skirt!
The course has the aim to help you gain confidence in sewing leather, understanding the major difference between various types of leather, working tools and learning essential techniques to deal with tricky features of leather goods construction.
You will create your own new leather good and you will produce your own samples of work to take home with you!
WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT?
Depending on the project, here some examples of things you could learn during the time together:
– Analising limits and possibilities of the available materials
– Designing your own item
– Adapting and/or creating patterns
– Leather and fabric preparing, cutting, finishing techniques
– To choose the right sewing machine for a specific type of material
– To thread different industrial sewing machines
– To use various machine feet, tools and equipment in your sewing
– To understand thread types and needle sizes
– To learn how to sew leather
– To produce a range of seams and seam finishes
– To sew and finish zips on leather
– Lining a handbag and accessories
– Learning how to sew different types of straps and to use suitable fastenings and fittings
– Sewing different types of seams
– Different closure techniques
– Using leather glues, paint, stamps, knifes
– Realising your own personalised item
Depending on the nature of the project, you might not be able to learn all the above. Please let us know if you are interested in a specific aspect of working with leather and we will tailor the project accordingly.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND WHAT IS THE LEVEL?
This course is suitable for beginners, people with some basic experience of machine sewing, intermediate and advanced sewers.
You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written English instructions as well as have hands and leg mobility.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS? IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BRING?
You will provide with the materials by bringing the item you would like to upcycle into something new.
Materials such us threads, glues and reinforcements are included in the course costs but not leather, in case you need some extra to complete your item.
In this scenario you are welcome to buy some leather from us or to source it elsewhere.
If you have any specific requirements, please contact us to make sure we have the materials you are looking for.
ON THE DAY:
Teas and coffes will be provided and, in the case of 6 to 8 hours session, we will have half an hour lunch break.
There are two coffe shops and free parking space on site.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Our classes are refundable and can be rearranged, provided 48 hours notice before the start date of the lesson(s) is given.
In case of cancellation, the payment will be sent back within 48 hours from when the cancellation has been provided in writing.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t attend, thank you.
Cutting materials is usually done standing at a high table and you might be working with special glues and knives or with heavy duty industrial sewing machines.
If you have a breathing problem or any health condition we should be aware of, or if any of the bove might be difficult for you, please inform us as soon as possible.
You will receive Health and Safety instructions for using these and you will be asked to sign a release form by the end of the induction.
Sadly, our studio is on the first floor and we don’t have wheelchair facilities. We are very sorry about this which, unfortunately, does not depends on us but on the site features.
Wifi is not provided but there is a coffee shop nearby which does.
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
We run a variety of courses which are related to this topic and that would allow you to expand your knowledge. Please find the complete list of courses HERE.
We also provide private tuition as well as the opportunity for people to practise on our sewing machines.
We reserve a special discount for people who have previously been a student of ours. If you book any of our courses or our drop-in service within 6 months from the completion of a class, you will receive 10% off your next booking.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Our names are Sara and Melissa and we are the founders and owners of The London Leather Workshop.
With 15 years of experience in sewing, designing and pattern making, we discovered our passion for teaching while training people during our working careers.
We have both studied fashion and costume in Italy, as well as worked for different small to medium size Italian brands on both designing and sampling positions, gaining a wide range of skills.
After the Italian years, we moved to London in 2011, where we had the possibility to learn different approaches to creativity and practical knowledge in the fashion and design world.
During our careers, we worked in the leather goods, accessories, textile, evening dresses and bridal high-end markets as designers, sample makers and product developers. We also gained experience in fashion, graphic design and illustration.
Our approach is personal, friendly and flexible and we support students and startups looking for a creative environment by offering multiple services at reasonable prices.
We are two passionate friends that love teaching others and hope to transmit our love for the arts and crafts!