SPRING COURSE in hautefort, France


3day leather course

16-19th of may 2019 - beginners, 23-26th of may 2019 - advanced


Create your own beautiful handmade leather items, learn and develop new skills, meet fellow artisans and enjoy a blissful break at a centuries-old manor complex in the rolling French countryside.

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  • A 3 day leather course for beginners and more experienced makers alike. With close guidance and demonstrations students will learn how to make 'cut-edge' small leather goods, such as wallets, billfolds, phone cases, ipad cases, pouches or belts,

  • Students will work exclusively with vegetable tanned leathers, and linings such as thin pig skin and suede. Fine linen threads will be provided.

  • Neat hand stitching is essential so we will primarily focus on how to achieve fine stitching accuracy. 

leather course for beginners aims to cover:

  • Pattern making, essential step to successful project

  • design and construction including cut edge

  • hand paring, and preparing with use of skiving knifes

  • hand stitching with use of double needle saddlery technique

  • Finishing edges on cut-edged work – options

Leather and lining materials are included in this course fee. However students can bring their own materials if they wish. All Tools  are provided for students to use.

advanced leather course aims to cover:

  • Perfecting all above skills

  • Box & butt stitching for making leather boxes, round containers or bags,

  • Wet moulding bags, purses, pouches and slim cases,

  • Making handles for bags and trunks

  • working with linings

Leather and lining materials are not included in this course fee. However students can bring their own materials if they wish. All Tools  are provided for students to use.


  • The workshop takes place at the private manor retreat of Fialeix in Dordogne. Fialeix is situated on a hill amid beautiful pastures and ancient oak forests, with a history dating back to before Roman times.

  • A private residence run by our friends Kasia and Jason, the complex hosts various artisan courses and retreats and benefits from its own vegetable garden and orchard, as well as more than 35 acres of private pasture and woodland, which students are free to roam. There is also a swimming pool, and less than 10 minutes away is the stunning chateau town of Hautefort with shops and restaurants.

  • In addition to the leather workshop itself, your course fee includes individual accommodation, all your meals and snacks, coffees, teas and so on, as well as a daily ration of local wine. Once you arrive at Fialeix, your only task is to get immersed in your leather work and relax in these soul-enriching environs.

Price: Β£495 includes:

  • The course will take place over three days 16 - 19th of May and 23 - 26th of May, 2019. You will learn how to make leather goods using the finest vegetable tanned leathers and traditional hand techniques.

  • Group of 5-6 people, everyone receives individual tuition throughout the course

  • Accommodation in own room

  • All meals, drinks etc. included

  • Transfers for flights are the responsibility of individual students – however we will happily give a competitive quote. The nearest airports are in Brive, Limoges or Bergerac. You are welcome to come earlier or stay longer.

  • Non refundable deposit of Β£200 is required on bookings and remaining balance on the day of the workshop.

  • For further information contact kasiahac@hotmail.com

Advanced leather course 23-26th of May 2019
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