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Leathercraft Accessories

This course has been developed to offer a unique introduction into the creative process of professional cutting and construction techniques for leather products. It's perfect for anyone who has an interest in leather accessories and wants to understand the complexities of cut, and exploring the tools used to form and fashion this unique material.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in either our spring or autumn term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Dates

Tuesday 4 October – Tuesday 6 December 2022

Duration and times

10 Tuesdays 18.00–21.00

Tutor

Gillian Kelly

Fee

£349

Class capacity

12

Dates

Tuesday 17 January – Tuesday 21 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Tuesdays 18.00–21.00

Tutor

Gillian Kelly

Fee

£349

Class capacity

12

Course details

This course has been developed to offer a unique introduction into the creative process of professional cutting and construction techniques for leather products. It's perfect for anyone who has an interest in leather accessories and wants to understand the complexities of cut, and exploring the tools used to form and fashion this unique material.

Through a series of practical demonstrations and assignments to build your knowledge, understanding and proficiency, your tutor Gillian Kelly, will guide you through the specialist processes where you'll learn the skills necessary to produce leather goods and accessories.

You'll focus on leather accessories, starting with a small product to learn the basics, and then progress on to a bespoke bag with a contemporary edge.

Sessions will also include pattern making, stitching by hand and finishes that can be used on your leather creations. You'll be using natural cowhide and “butt split” leather for your samples.

Please note, for your finished contemporary piece, there'll be an additional charge for the skin.

  • Pattern making
  • Leather cutting
  • Skiving
  • Edge finishing
  • Stitching by hand and using an industrial sewing machine
  • Fasteners and zips
  • Finishing and polishing

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Gillian Kelly

Technician Demonstrator Gill Kelly has had a varied career in fashion over many years working for different companies in pattern cutting...

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with more knowledge, skills and confidence cutting and constructing leather products using industrial leather sewing machines and specialist hand tools

  • Assessment will be continuous throughout
  • Students should have attained the necessary skills in which to produce bespoke products to a high standard
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at shortcourses@aub.ac.uk

Ideally, you'll have previous knowledge and experience using sewing machines, but no prior knowledge of leathercraft is required. Suitable for makers aged 18+.

  • Paper scissors
  • Sketch book
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Please note, for your finished contemporary piece, there will be an additional charge for the skin.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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FAQs

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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