– BESPOKE ONE TO ONE TUITION –
WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT?
This is a fully customised tuition for you to learn specific craft skills, learn professional leather sewing or to create one or more unique items to take home with you.
If you have a specific project in mind that you want to realise, starting your own business or just want to have a different experience, we can tailor the session to your particular needs.
You can also choose the day and time that suit you the most among our working days and hours, as well as the length of the tuition.
WHAT COULD YOU HELP ME CREATING?
We can assist you with the realisation of one or more of the following items, either in leather, vegan leather or fabric:
– Covers (journal, phone, tablet, etc)
– Clutches and make up bags
– Wallets and purses
– Soft furnishings
– Leather appliques
– Simple garments
WHAT SKILLS COULD I LEARN?
Here some examples of things you could learn during the lesson:
SEWING AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES:
– General sewing skills (by using industrial and/or domestic sewing machines)
– Leather professional sewing skills
GENERAL LEATHER SKILLS:
– Leather preparing, marking, cutting, finishing techniques
– Skiving, burnishing, moulding, dying and painting leather
– Edge finishing leather with different edge paints
– Using leather glues, paints, stamps, knifes
HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES CONSTRUCTION:
– Pattern making
– Straps and handles
– Lining with and without top facing
– Learning multiple ways to sew zips,
– Use suitable fastenings and fittings
– Sewing different types of seams
– Different closure techniques
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN:
– Understanding and choosing right materials for your project(s)
– Developing your current design(s) or product(s)
– Designing your own collection
– Sketching and illustrating techniques for fashion and accessories
– Adapting and/or creating patterns for bags and accessories
Depending on the nature of the project, you might not be able to learn all of the above.
Please let us know if you are interested in a specific topic or technique and we will tailor the project for you accordingly.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
This course is suitable for complete 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.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS? IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BRING?
Materials are not included but you can either purchase them from us at a discounted price or we can advise you on what materials to buy and where to find them.
Buying them from us, you will receive a 10% discount on all materials. Our leather skins and offcuts are the cheapest in London but our stock is limited.
To give an idea of costs, you could be looking at about an extra £20 to make a clutch/makeup bag.
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 coffees will be provided by us.
For 3+ hours long sessions we will have a 15 minutes break, for 6+ hours long sessions we will have a half hour lunch break.
There are two coffee shops and free parking spaces on site.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
Our classes are refundable prior to 48 hours from their starting date and the payment will be sent back 48 hours from when the cancellation has been given in writing. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t attend, thank you.
Cutting material is usually done standing at a high table and you might be working with special glues, knives and with heavy duty industrial sewing machines.
If you have a breathing problem, any health condition we should be aware of or if any of the above might be difficult for you, please inform us as soon as possible.
You will receive Health and Safety instructions for using the studio and its equipment and you will be asked to sign a risk and liability form at the end of the induction.
Sadly, our studio is on the first floor and we do not have wheelchair facilities. We are very sorry, unfortunately, this is not within our control or choice.
Wifi is not provided but there is a coffee shop with Wifi nearby.
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!
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WONDERING WHAT OTHERS REALISED?
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.