Beginners leathercraft workshop

Learn all the starter techniques to make your own leather goods at home and take home at least 3 items you make in the class.

You will learn:

  • Understanding which leather to use for a project
  • Different Leather tools explained
  • Traditional saddle stitch
  • Marking, punching and cutting out leather
  • Bevelling and finishing edges
  • Setting snap closures
  • Setting saddlers rivets
  • Using a strap cutter

Project 1 - Key holder

Your first project is a belt loop key holder. You will learn how to; 
Cut an even thickness strap, mark out the shape using a simple pattern, trim your piece to size and install two of our British made traditional saddlers rivets. We’ll also show you how to bevel and polish the edges to a glossy finish.

Project 2 - Cardholder

Learn how to mark out and transfer more complex pattern pieces, stitch them together using traditional saddlers stitch (including how to use stitching irons to create perfectly even stitches), and take your burnishing to another level for a super shiny finish.

Project 3 - Braided bracelet

Learn a braid often used for decorative straps and jewellery where the ends remain uncut - also learn how to install a snap closure.

All materials included in cost of workshop as is lunch and tea and coffee.

About the tutors

Our lead instructor Aimee is a qualified teacher and specialises in the quirky side of things, loving both colour and classic design. 
She is also a keen greenwood worker and can often be found spoon whittling in sunny spots in the Cotswolds countryside.

Supporting Aimee is Pete - A great teacher for students wanting to learn more about dyeing and stamping, using computers for pattern design and setting up equipment such as laser engravers and 3d printers and how to use them.


To book email


The Oxfordshire Museum
Fletcher's House
Park Street
OX20 1SN


Saturday 16 Nov 2024, 10am-4pm


£145 (All materials included in cost of workshop as is lunch and tea and coffee)

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