Build up your skillset

Learn the Craft One to One, as part of a Group or Online.


Nigel Armitage

Maker and Teacher

Nigel has been a bespoke maker for thirty years focusing on the longstanding traditions of making leather goods completely by hand. Six years ago, after many requests, Nigel began teaching one to one classes to pass on these techniques.
In more recent years this has expanded to include a comprehensive online resource which can be found across YouTube and Vimeo.
Today, Nigel can now be found passing on his skills offering both individual and group courses in his Midlands based workshop which has been specifically designed around teaching the craft.


Design Packs

Below are the packs as described in the Armitage Leather YouTube Work-along Videos.
To purchase, click on the desired pack to complete your order and follow the instructions to download.


Online Lessons

Skype Lessons and Consultation

In view of recent events in many countries and the restrictions imposed on travelling due to COVID-19.
Armitage Leather is now offering consultations, project advice and short lessons online.

With it not being possible to attend courses and having to spend more time in your home it is important to remain mentally active. To help with this much shorter slots are available to help you progress projects, learn new skills or develop ideas.
You can book slots from 1 to 4 hours for problem-solving sessions, short lessons or projects.
Book your slot, email Armitage Leather with what you would like to cover and at the appropriate time the session will take place over skype.

If you have a course booked at the workshop, be reassured, your course is safe.

No courses have been cancelled but rather rescheduled. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to drop Nigel an email.


Lessons for the Individual

Learning at your own pace

One to One Instruction here in the Workshop.

Exceptional Progress

Online Classes

Set your own pace in your own space.

Upcoming Group Courses
Box Stitching in California
Modern Saddle Stitching - A One Day Group Course.
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Traditional Saddle Stitch – One Day
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Student Testimonials


Maynard - Seattle

I travelled from the Pacific Northwest part of the U.S.A. to spend a full five days under the instruction of Nigel. It was time and money well spent and I would not hesitate to do it again. Nigel is a very amicable and multi-talented individual with a great sense or humour and human sensibilities. His knowledge and expertise in the art of leathersmithing is impeccable, and his passion for what he does shows through in his non-intimidating manner of instruction. In our present day and time, where technology has all but erased a great amount of knowledge and skills of once necessary crafts that have all but disappeared, Nigel is one of those rare individuals today who is attempting to carry on and revitalize skills that have a history as far back as has been recorded by humankind. If you want to know how to work in leather, create items of quality, then Nigel Armitage is one who you should seriously consider to guide you into your goals.

Free Downloads

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Pricking Iron Reviews

Edge Beveler Reviews

Cartridge Slider

Tub Stitching Chart


Get in Touch

Or better still, come and visit.

Armitage Leather
Drakelow Business Park
Walton Road
Burton upon Trent
DE15 9UA, UK

01283 529981


01283 529981

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