Introduction to Leatherwork

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Sat 04Feb

Make a purse and belt in a day

Facilitator: Ruth Pullan

Would you like to learn a new skill? One which will give you a real sense of self-sufficiency and enable you to make beautiful, useful and long-lasting things for everyday use for you, your friends and your family? Look no more! Join us for this introductory workshop that will teach you all you need to know in order to get started in the traditional craft of hand-stitched leatherwork. Come and make a purse and a belt in this intensive day long workshop.

With this new skill you can make things from scratch yourself and repair things too, reducing waste and consumption, two very important boxes ticked.

Event time: Sat 4th Feb 2023 at 9:30am - Sat 4th Feb 2023 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Work with natural materials
  • Learn a traditional craft
  • Take home a handmade belt and purse
  • A perfect, hands-on, gift for a budding craftsperson

Participants Will Gain

  • Learn how to hand stitch leather
  • Gain a greater understandning of what leather is and how it’s made
  • Find out how to fit buckles and other fastenings
  • Produce long lasting, professionally finished items

‘Craft skills and knowledge should be at the heart of the debate about our relationship to the planet,’ –  sustainability champion Katie Treggiden

You will learn how dye and condition leather, finish edges to a professional standard, fit buckles and other fittings, and stitch using the two needle saddle stitch method. Over the course of the day you will learn a range of techniques which can be used for further projects, making things from scratch or repairing well loved items. These techniques will be employed to make a belt and a little coin purse.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

During your healing day workshop, you will get to enjoy fresh, delicious home-cooked lunches and all refreshments!  Our food is prepared daily with love and care by our experienced in-house kitchen team here at Hawkwood.

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
 Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
 Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
 Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£115 Day Course


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Ruth Pullan

Ruth first learnt the craft of leatherwork with a master saddler in the Lake District over ten years ago. Ruth was attracted to learn a traditional craft which she would be able to do if the electrics got cut off and if (when) the oil runs out. Pass on the her skills to as many people as she can is a passion, so that they too can have the satisfaction of creating things from the long lasting material and to be able to fix things too, consuming less and reducing waste.

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