Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. Join her for this leatherwork workshop which will give you the basic skills needed for leatherwork. Using these skills you will make a belt and a simple coin purse and at the end of the day you will be able to go on to apply these techniques to your own projects.
You will learn how to:
– dye and prepare leather.
– hand stitch using the two needle saddlery method.
– set rivets.
– fit buckles and other fastenings.
– edge and finish the leather.
Please note there is a £10 material charge payable on the day.
Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.
What to expect
Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
You will be making your belt from really lovely English bridle leather which comes in conker brown and a dark brown. The coin purses you will dye yourself from Ruth's selection of water based leather dyes.
All materials and specialist tools will be provided, however the following things would be useful to bring:
- Soft measuring tape
- Dyes will be used so wear old clothes or bring an apron!
In addition, if you happen to have either or the following it would reduce wait time for equipment:
- a rotary hole puncher
- a marking awl (sharp pointy tool for marking)