Mon, 09 Mar | Armitage Leather

Introduction to Leatherwork - Two Days

Just starting out or wanting to get involved in the craft? This is an ideal foundational course to set you on your path.
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Introduction to Leatherwork - Two Days

Date, Times and Location

09 Mar 2020, 09:00 – 10 Mar 2020, 17:00
Armitage Leather, Drakelow Business Park, Walton Rd, Burton upon Trent, Burton-on-Trent DE15 9UA, UK

About the Event

This is a great way to find your feet in the craft before you begin spending lots of money on expensive tools and materials. 

Tool selection is an important part of the course and most of the tools you may have been looking at online are here in the workshop, it is a great opportunity to try them out first if you are considering putting them on your shopping list.

Materials are also a key part in getting started and this subject is covered in detail. The course will then move onto the core skills you will need at the outset:

1.  Basic Design and Pattern Making. Many deigns and patterns are available on line but it is important to understand how to make your own.

2.  Measuring and Cutting. This may seem a simple enough subject but it is the main area where the most mistakes are made because we approach a project with the belief we know how to measure and cut. The truth is, this is where we introduce the most inconsistencies. Knife choice and maintenance is also covered. 

3.  Stitch Marking and Hole Making. A lot of time is spent on examining the best stitch for which project, here we look at some basic guidelines to get the best from your stitching and how best to apply it to the item. The stitching in this course will be of the modern style using irons that make the hole completely removing the need for an awl. Poor hole making and placement transfers to the stitching so this is looked at in detail.

4.  Stitching. This can make or break an item so we go into some depth here. We look at the type of hole we have created, what the thread is trying to do and what we actually want from the thread. Thread thickness and needle choice come into play here. Tool selection also is brought back into this section with clam choice, setting it correctly and seating position. This will give you a good foundation on which to build.

5.  Creasing. An intimidating technique to some and one to be avoided by many. The mysticism of creasing is broken down with the how’s and whys explained.

Edge Dressing. Rustic is a description added to many unfinished items. We look at ensuring we remove the rustic element of your work by finishing the edges to a high degree. Bevelling, Slicking, dying and Waxing edges will be covered in detail to give the best possible presentation to your items and take them to the next level of quality. 

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