Artisans at Weavers Gallery

Two Make exhibition

Casting Silver or bronze fittings for leathergoods

Last year Tim Blades ran a very successful casting course for some of our students. They were able to carve a wax model of a bag fitting or buckle then cast in silver or bronze.   If you are interested in learning about this, Tim is an excellent teacher and very skIMG_5078illed.IMG_5058

Click on his name which links to his web site with dates and a fuller description of the courses he offers.IMG_5039

Chipping Campden Summer Show 2015

Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 August.

A wonderful range of work made by the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen including MacGregor and Michael. Daily demonstrations including Val Michael on Sunday 16th August.

Chipping Campden Town Hall, High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos. GL55 6AT

Open 10 – 6 daily ( closes 4 pm on Sunday 23rd

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Craft Skills Workshops

A series of one day workshops run by members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen in The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum throughout 2015. Valerie is running a ‘Make a leather belt or purse in a day’ workshop . For all details go to

The Guild at 51 shop front

Christmas at The Guild at 51

Unique Christmas Gifts

Late night opening Thursday 4 December 2014 10 am – 8 pm

Make leather Christmas tree decorations with Val Michael from 2 to 8 pm.

The Guild at 51 is the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen’s flagship shop in Cheltenham selling high calibre contemporary crafts directly from the makers.

Find the advertisement in the Christmas issue of Cotswold Life to receive a 10% discount on 4 December.


Leather Work Courses Gallery

This is a gallery of images taken from past courses; please click on a particular photo for a larger version.

Leather restoration & repair techniques

5 day course – 2014

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This course is for those who want to learn how to restore and repair objects made from leather or covered in leather. These might include items of luggage, cases, bags, furniture, containers, sporting equipment & trunks.

Syllabus includes :

  • Historical background of tanning and leathergoods
  • The identification of different  leathers
  • Stitching – how to repair straps, corners, seams and decorative stitching
  • Case & trunk corners – moulding and attaching
  • Colouring –  colour matching and ‘ageing’
  • Paring – leather patches, straps, lap joints and bindings
  • Changing locks and other metal fittings.
  • making new handles for bags & cases
  • Sharpening and maintaining hand tools

Please note:  This course concentrates on the acquisition of techniques. Students will need to discuss with the course tutor Neil MacGregor before the course start date, any pieces they might want to bring with them.

 Dates for 2014                                         Full Fee                 Deposit

September 22 – 26  (Monday – Friday)          £975                    £400


Sharpening leather working tools & making jigs

This course is not running during 2014

1 day course

This course will be run by Neil MacGregor. It is designed to help leather workers  to sharpen and maintain their hand tools and to design and make simple aids/jigs to help with specific tasks in the workshop.

Tools covered include:

Knives :

  • the range of knives and what they are used for
  • steel quality
  • the sharpening angles
  • sharpening methods

Edge Bevellers
Race ( chanelling tools)
Plough Gauge knives
Splitter blades

Jigs and aids for sharpening, preparing & stitching, tool covers, strop etc

No dates for 2013



Useful leather related links
– The Museum of Leathercraft is internationally acknowledged as having one of the finest collections of leather artefacts in the world.
– The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is an organisation promoting contemporary crafts made by its members. It holds regular exhibitions and has a permanent Gallery in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, The Guild at 51. MacGregor & Michael are members.
– J. Hewit & Sons Ltd. are the one-stop manufacturer and supplier for all bookbinding requirements, whether it be leather, materials, equipment, tools or sundries. – good range of veg tanned leathers.

H.Webber & Son’s
– Unique range of products to serve the textile, upholstery and leather craft trades.
– Have been supplying the leather trade for over 30 years with everything you need to make your own leathergoods.
– Site for the conservation and restoration of historic leather, including leather furniture, upholstery, gilt leather etc.

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– An online Gallery promoting the work of skilled craft makers in Britain & Ireland.
– Specialist conservation and restoration service for historic leather.
– Suppliers of quality and specialist leathers for both traditional and new applications.
– Massive Leather Research & Reference Site.
– Leather, tools, books etc.

Official Cotswolds Tourism Site
– The number one resource for everything Cotswolds, Accommodation, Food, Activities, History, Maps and Events.

Web Design Gloucestershire
– Duck On Water is a Web design company specialising in websites for small to medium sized businesses.
– Jorge Centofanti makes leather wall hangings and runs courses
– information about Tetbury, parking, where to stay etc
– John and Astrubal are designers and makers who trained with us
– Judy Bown is a great designer, check out her range.
– based in Northampton, they sell the Tandy range of tools, dyes etc
– Lorna did some training with us and has gone on to launch her range of bags and belts
– Gaynor trained with us. Her business is based in lovely Pembrokeshire.
– Australian leather conference site
– Peter and Jackie are always willing to help
– John Jones, Artist and maker of ‘Picture Coats’ and wall panels from a palette of leather colours.
– Comprehensive web-site, including information on suppliers, courses, publications, restoration & repair of bindings.
-The German Leather Museum and German Shoe Museum in Offenbach.
-history of the Saddlery and Leathergoods trades in Wallsall.
-The Museum of Bags and Purses is a unique museum that through its collection of over 3500 bags and accessories shows the history of the ladies bag in Western culture.
– promotes the study of Leather and leather objects from archaeological and other contexts.
– Site dedicated to the Leatherworking Handbook, a practical guide to making hand stitched leathergoods.