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 had to close the workshop  in 2020 . The health and safety of students and tutors is very important so we are running a few courses from the end of July 2022 with fewer people in the workshop. Anyone attending a course will have to be fully vaccinated and will undergo a lateral flow test the morning of starting a course. This way we hope to keep ourselves and students as safe as possible. 

We hope to run a program of course in 2023 ,which will cover a range of abilities and be of different lengths, depending on the complexity of the syllabus. We are planing some Weekends and 6 day Schools, as well as  Bag design, Travel bags , Briefcases or Mens leather goods. Look at each of the course details pages for descriptions,  dates  and costs will come later.

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 2023 will be ready in September 2022 so sign up to our Early bird list. 

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