Leather Craft Workshop Days are designed to be all about You... getting hands on and making is what its all about here with a selection of workshops with no hidden extra costs.
Our leather workshop days also make a great Gift experience anytime of year for that person in your life looking to try something new. (You can either book a Workshop date and add a message that you'd like a Gift Certificate. Or alternatively if you don't know what date your maker can attend, then just go to our Shop page and purchase a Gift Certificate that we can either have posted or emailed to you for free, remember to select the Free postage dropdown at checkout) Please note the Gift Certificates are non refundable and only redeemable against a Workshop and we ask that they are used within 1 year of purchase.
Our workshop days are geared for people with some, to no experience of working with, and Saddle Stitching vegetable tanned leathers of various thicknesses. View our Platinum Awarded reviews on our homepage and Reviews page and on www.Craftcourses.com from our workshop maker days which give a great insight into what you can expect by booking one of our maker workshops. We're an independent maker workshop with a growing maker community. Bringing the traditional handmade skills of leather working to you. You'll learn about various Leathers, the Tools and the Process, and where to buy your leather, tools and hardware. Each of our maker Workshops are tailored so you'll come away with your very own hand stitched leather item from your workshop session. We have 6 different maker workshop days for you to choose from, with more being added during 2020.
Our little Workshop is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer, in the colder months we suggest wearing warm shoes (not open-toed)
Have a dip into our Gallery, Blog and Testimonials for all the recent makers workshop classes results that you could also be making. We're also on instagram and a Facebook Page, give us a follow if you like and see what people are making.
The workshops are also great if you work with fabrics and want to know more about working with and combining leather with your materials, bags etc and at the end of each workshop everyone receives an info pack of the various Leather Merchants in and around London where you can buy leather along with suppliers of hand tools and hardware accessories.
The workshops are kept to a maximum of three people (over 18's only) depending on whats being made. When you book, the workshop will go ahead even if it's just yourself. You'll be fully guided throughout your workshop course in Hanwell, West London.
You'll also be encouraged to practice first on off-cuts of leather to build your confidence in using the traditional leather working hand tools.
Leather Craft Workshop Days was founded by Richard Williamson, commercial leathersmith maker/designer who also specialises in hand stitched leather goods through his own retail webshop at www.rwworks.co.uk The Leather Craft Workshops day courses are all run from Richard's workshop where you'll be making your very own premium leather goods.
The Workshops cover all the key essential basics of working with Leather so you'll be cutting, stitch line marking and hole punching, burnishing edges, thread waxing and final traditional method of Saddle Stitching where you use one thread with a needle at each end. If any of that makes no sense to you don't worry at all, it's just the process in making your own handmade leather goods and you'll be guided at each stage during your workshop session.
Plenty of soft drinks, teas/coffees and biscuits are provided during your workshop class. (If you have any specific dietary needs, please bring them along)
Getting here -
Car & Motorcycle, parking is free in the surrounding roads. Cycling, we have secure storage.
Train, the fastest train from central London is Paddington Station train to Hanwell Station: example the 10.02am train leaving Paddington arrives at Hanwell at 10.16 and then its a 5 minute walk to arrive here at 10.25. (no Sunday service)
Tube, coming from East London, then Piccadilly Line to Boston Manor station and a 1 mile walk (20 mins) or get the E8 bus, runs every 10 minutes.
Also Central or District Line to Ealing Broadway/Common. Then jump on a bus, either 207, 607, 427, 483.
If you're travelling from further afield and are looking for somewhere to stay the night before your Leather Workshop, we can recommend the closest places.
Only a few minutes walk around the corner from us is The Green W7 pub which also serves food and has rooms to let from their website
www.thegreenw7.com Lower Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 3TX (We understand parking is available)
Alternatively there is a Holiday Inn Express which is a 10 minute walk away.
The Holiday Inn Express website is www.ihg.com you'll then need to select Ealing hotels and its at 75 Broadway, West Ealing, W13 9BP (you'll need to check if it has parking)