Course Overview


Spring term: Tuesday 21 January – Tuesday 24 March 2020


10 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00


Gillian Kelly



This course has been developed to offer you a unique introduction into the creative process of professional cutting and construction techniques for leather products.

Aimed at anyone who has an interest in leather accessories and wants to understand the complexities of cut and construction of hide and the tools used to form and fashion.

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 will learn the skills necessary in producing leather goods and accessories.

You will focus on leather accessories starting with a small product to learn the basics and then progressing on to a bespoke bag with a contemporary edge.

You will be using natural cowhide and “butt split” leather for your samples. For your finished contemporary piece, there will be an additional charge for the skin.


  • Pattern Making
  • Leather Cutting
  • Skiving
  • Edge finishing
  • Stitching by hand and using industrial sewing machines
  • Fasteners and zips
  • Finishing and polishing