Leatherworking: traditional skills & contemporary design

About the courses

The Leatherwork courses provided by Valerie Michael and Neil MacGregor  (www.macgregorandmichael.co.uk) 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.

2022 Leatherwork Courses

Covid-19 and courses

IMPORTANT :  We have had to close the workshop until further notice. The health and safety of students and tutors is very important so we will only resume our courses when we have been advised it is safe to do so, at the moment it is not safe. We are sorry for this uncertainty but we have no choice so we hope you will understand. Please make sure you have signed up to the Early Bird list.

The 2022 courses, when they resume, will cover a range of abilities and will be of various lengths, depending on the complexity of the syllabus. Starting with Weekends or 6 day Schools, students can progress to Bag design, Travel bags , Briefcases or Mens leather goods. Look at each of the course details pages for descriptions, but there are no dates or costs at the moment .

These are practical courses. We 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 leather goods 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 and with a very small group so everyone receives individual tuition. A set of tools is provided 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 – 5.00pm.
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To book: Once courses are available, simply select the course and add to the shopping cart.

Once a booking has been made and the course deposit paid, you will receive a ‘Booking confirmation, a student learning contract & agreement’  within 7 days, as confirmation. This 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.

If the course you want is sold out then please email us and ask to be placed on the Reserve List so you can be contacted in case of cancellations. Dates for 2022 will be ready once we can re-open so to be sure of receiving the course schedule  sign up to our Early bird list. 

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