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Introduction to Leatherwork - Ruth Pullan Sat 01 Dec

  • Arts

This workshop will get you started with the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse. With these skills you will then be able to go on to make bags, simple sandals and shoes as well as repairs to existing things you might have which need a bit of TLC!

"The skills I pass on don't require machines, in fact I made it a requirement of the work I do that I wouldn't use any materials or tools which I wouldn't be able to make or fix myself if the electrics got cut off or the oil ran out. This means that it's accessible for you too," says Ruth.  "It's an almost meditative process, quietly stitching away. Through a pared down palette of materials and processes, I hope to demonstrate individual style, simplicity and quality.

You will learn about and how to:

- condition natural vegetable tanned leather for a water-resistant finish

- stitch using the two-needle traditional saddler's stitch

- bevel and burnish raw edges for a professional finish

- fit buckles and fastenings

- learn where leather comes from and how to make better choices when buying leather products

- work in a slow, thoughtful way

Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. She trained at the Cumbria School of Saddlery

 Arrival 9.00am with coffee/tea. Course runs 9.30am - 5.00pm

£90 including all materials and equipment, delicious 2-course lunch and refreshments.  A starter kit for leatherwork will be on sale for £40.00 - please bring cash or cheque for the tutor

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