Sep
21
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BACKPACK IN A DAY

Choose from 2 styles of backpack (one with a drawstring closure and the other with a zip opening) and learn how to craft your own backpack using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to mix and match leather colours and tweak the designs to make the bags more your own as well as embossing the bag with your name or any other words you like. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from Italian vegetable tanned leather.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

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MAKE YOUR OWN LEATHER SNEAKERS
Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

MAKE YOUR OWN LEATHER SNEAKERS

Would you like to make your own unique pair of leather sneakers? Make a pair of shoes that fit beautifully and say "I made these!" Join Esther Keen, leatherworker for a day at the Forge doing just that.

For this workshop you can choose from 4 different heights of sneaker from super low-cut to high-top and loads of coloured leather. You will learn how to craft your own leather sneakers completely by hand with no machines. And just so everyone knows you made them, you will be able to emboss the shoes with your name or initials!

You will learn how to :

cut leather from a pattern

prepare leather ready for sewing

hand sew leather using specialist thread and needles

set eyelets

emboss leather to personalise it with your name or initials

use a variety of traditional leatherwork tools

This is an intensive days work, and is a great introduction to working with leather and to shoe making.  At the end of the day, you will have gained so many new skills AND you will have made yourself a beautiful new pair of custom-made leather sneakers.

Carefully sourced full grain vegetable tanned leather means that each piece handmade in a Leather Needle Thread workshop will be full of integrity and long lasting.

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  You can also make stitchless small leathergoods - choose from a simple purse a card holder, a glasses case, a travel pouch, a phone case or a tablet case. 
You will learn how to

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

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Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BACKPACK IN A DAY

Choose from 2 styles of backpack (one with a drawstring closure and the other with a zip opening) and learn how to craft your own backpack using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to mix and match leather colours and tweak the designs to make the bags more your own as well as embossing the bag with your name or any other words you like. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from Italian vegetable tanned leather.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS @ In Bristol Studio
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

STITCHLESS BAGS @ In Bristol Studio

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  You can also make stitchless small leathergoods - choose from a simple purse a card holder, a glasses case, a travel pouch, a phone case or a tablet case. 

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Dec
5
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

You will learn how to:

  • cut leather from a pattern

  • prepare, skive and glue leather ready for sewing

  • sew leather with a semi-industrial sewing machine

  • set rivets

  • emboss leather to personalise it with your name or initials

  • fit buckles and other fastening

  • use a variety of traditional leatherwork tools

This is an intensive days work, and it is a great introduction to working and machine sewing leather.  At the end of the day, you will have gained so many new skills AND you will have made yourself a beautiful new leather bag!

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MAKE A LEATHER BACKPACK IN A DAY
Dec
5
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BACKPACK IN A DAY

Choose from 2 styles of backpack (one with a drawstring closure and the other with a zip opening) and learn how to craft your own backpack using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to mix and match leather colours and tweak the designs to make the bags more your own as well as embossing the bag with your name or any other words you like. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from Italian vegetable tanned leather.  

You will learn how to:

  • cut leather from a pattern

  • skive and glue the leather ready for sewing

  • set rivets and buckles

  • sew in zips and pockets

  • use a semi-industrial sewing machine


This workshop runs alongside the Make a Leather Bag in a Day workshop but is an hour longer. 

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  You can also make stitchless small leathergoods - choose from a simple purse a card holder, a glasses case, a travel pouch, a phone case or a tablet case. 
You will learn how to

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STITCH YOUR OWN LEATHER ESPADRILLES
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

STITCH YOUR OWN LEATHER ESPADRILLES

In this 3 and a half hour workshop you will learn how make your own pair of luxury leather espadrilles. You will be able to choose from 4 different designs and a wide choice of coloured leather to create your own unique pair. This is a really fun workshop where you will learn lots of basic shoe making skills and end up with your own beautiful pair of handmade espadrilles!  In this class you will finish one shoe and be given a needle and enough thread to finish the other shoe at home.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
May
17
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.  You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather. 

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HANDPAINTED SMALL LEATHERGOODS
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

HANDPAINTED SMALL LEATHERGOODS

In this workshop you will be able to craft your own small leathergoods piece (choose from a glasses case, a triangular coin pouch, a half moon purse and a card holder) from vegetable tanned leather and hand paint your piece with own your design. First you will cut the leather following a pattern, then you will hand paint it with specialist leather paint (you can come prepared with a few ideas of designs/shapes/flowers other motifs you'd like to paint). The piece will then be hand-stamped with your initials to personalise it and rivets and metal fittings secured.  You will then hand sew your piece to complete it.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS
May
1
10:00 AM10:00

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  

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STITCH YOUR OWN LEATHER ESPADRILLES
Apr
5
9:30 AM09:30

STITCH YOUR OWN LEATHER ESPADRILLES

In this 3 and a half hour workshop you will learn how make your own pair of luxury leather espadrilles. You will be able to choose from 4 different designs and a wide choice of coloured leather to create your own unique pair. This is a really fun workshop where you will learn lots of basic shoe making skills and end up with your own beautiful pair of handmade espadrilles!  In this class you will finish one shoe and be given a needle and enough thread to finish the other shoe at home.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Jan
23
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.  You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather. 

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HANDPAINTED SMALL LEATHERGOODS
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

HANDPAINTED SMALL LEATHERGOODS

In this workshop you will be able to craft your own small leathergoods piece (choose from a glasses case, a triangular coin pouch, a half moon purse and a card holder) from vegetable tanned leather and hand paint your piece with own your design. First you will cut the leather following a pattern, then you will hand paint it with specialist leather paint (you can come prepared with a few ideas of designs/shapes/flowers other motifs you'd like to paint). The piece will then be hand-stamped with your initials to personalise it and rivets and metal fittings secured.  You will then hand sew your piece to complete it.  

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MASTER BAG DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION COURSE
Nov
13
to Nov 14

MASTER BAG DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION COURSE

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This is an intensive 2 day master class in bag design and construction.  On the first day, you will select a bag you would like to make from a wide choice of designs or come prepared with a sketch or photo of the bag you would like to make.  We will begin by learning basic pattern cutting and making a paper mock up of your chosen style.  You will then select your leather (you are welcome to bring your own leather, please get in touch with me about this) and cut the pattern pieces. On the second day, the leather will then be skived and glued and any pockets, zips, handles, fastenings and other fittings secured before the bag is sewn up using either an industrial leather machine or a semi-industrial sewing machine.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Oct
24
9:30 AM09:30

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.  You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  

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HANDPAINTED SMALL LEATHERGOODS
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

HANDPAINTED SMALL LEATHERGOODS

In this workshop you will be able to craft your own small leathergoods piece (choose from a glasses case, a triangular coin pouch, a half moon purse and a card holder) from vegetable tanned leather and hand paint your piece with own your design. First you will cut the leather following a pattern, then you will hand paint it with specialist leather paint (you can come prepared with a few ideas of designs/shapes/flowers other motifs you'd like to paint). The piece will then be hand-stamped with your initials to personalise it and rivets and metal fittings secured.  You will then hand sew your piece to complete it.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BACKPACK IN A DAY
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

MAKE A LEATHER BACKPACK IN A DAY

Choose from 2 styles of backpack (one with a drawstring closure and the other with a zip opening) and learn how to craft your own backpack using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to mix and match leather colours and tweak the designs to make the bags more your own as well as embossing the bag with your name or any other words you like. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from Italian vegetable tanned leather.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.  You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined.  

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STITCHLESS BAGS
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

STITCHLESS BAGS

Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets, weaving and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork.  You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it.  The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined. 

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.  You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

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MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY
Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

MAKE A LEATHER BAG IN A DAY

Choose from 3 bag shapes and loads of coloured leather and learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine.  You will be able to emboss the bag with your name or initials. Your bag will be unlined and will be made from beautiful vegetable tanned leather.  

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MAKE YOUR OWN PAIR OF LEATHER ESPADRILLES
Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

MAKE YOUR OWN PAIR OF LEATHER ESPADRILLES

In this 3 and a half hour workshop you will learn how make your own pair of luxury leather espadrilles. You will be able to choose from 4 different designs and a wide choice of coloured leather to create your own unique pair. This is a really fun workshop where you will learn lots of basic shoe making skills and end up with the skills to make your own beautiful pair of handmade espadrilles! 

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