Mike Reid runs Handcrafted Leather, a small award winning business with a worldwide customer base. On this two day fundamentals course you will learn the names and purposes of many tools, how to sew the traditional saddle stitch, layout a pattern for marking and cutting, prepare edges for finishing, dye and treat leather to give greater longevity to the items you create.
You will be visited by one of the UKs leading leather suppliers, shown leather samples and their main applications, thread, tools, hardware and more. There will also be a brief presentation on the history of leather and its production and tradition here in the UK.
You will leave with a couple of items either finished or to work on from home. These will be decided before the course starts to prepare materials & templates beforehand. You can make a large clutch handbag with a buckle or press stud closure, a belt with brass hardware and rivets or a lined A5 notebook cover.
Mike Reid owns and runs Handcrafted Leather, a small, award winning, professionally run leathercraft business with a worldwide customer base. Mike is largely self taught with a brief mentorship in Ruthin. He began his trade by buying old leather jackets & restitching them into new things, using simply a nail as an awl & a sharpened fork as a pricking iron to make even stitching holes.
Seven years into his journey now, bespoke artwork on leather is the mainstay of the business. From belts, wallets, hip flasks and luggage tags to custom motorcycle seats, plaques and murals, the enthusiasm for this craft grows with every new piece.
Working mostly to commission with customers from California to New Zealand & everywhere in between, Mike is looking forward to hosting classes with the hope of enthusing others to pick up the awl and thread, to create and to support British owned suppliers that help to keep this rewarding & fascinating craft alive.
Stories from our students
This is the first time we have run this course so we hope you will create your own stories