Leather Workshop - Make a Card Case by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School - crafts in London
Leather Workshop - Make a Card Case by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School - crafts in London

Leather Workshop - Make a Card Case

Learn the traditional craft of saddle stitch as you make a beautiful Italian leather card case

Leather Class

2.5 hour workshop

Beginner

Hoxton N1

Leather Workshop - Make a Card Case
by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School
2.5 hour workshop
£69 per person

Classes

2.5 hour workshop

Evening

This is a beginner's leather work evening class where, under the watchful eye and careful guidance of leather expert Frances Pinnock, you will learn how to:

  • Smooth and burnish the edges of the leather
  • Use a creasing tool to give them a professional finish
  • Attach the layers of the card case together
  • Use a pricking iron and hammer to mark the stitches
  • Thread and secure the sewing needles with pre-waxed linen thread
  • Saddle stitch, including neatly starting and finishing a line of stitching
  • Buff and burnish the finished leather card case

At the end of the evening you will leave with a beautiful Italian leather card case perfect for a travel, credit or business cards, the satisfaction of having made it yourself and new-found skills which we hope you will continue to use.

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Select a class time

Thu 20 Jun 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Hoxton, N1 7LJ
Thu 22 Aug 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Hoxton, N1 7LJ
Thu 10 Oct 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Hoxton, N1 7LJ
Thu 12 Dec 2019, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Hoxton, N1 7LJ

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Richard Burniston
11 Feb
A throughly enjoyable experience. The school is conveniently located, close to Old Street underground station, and easy to find. After a warm welcome I met the other students, a really nice bunch, and found a seat at the spacious work table. The instructor was very experienced and patient and I simply could not believe that I was able to create such a cool leather piece on my first attempt - I am an artist but do not consider myself "handy" at all, so this came as a pleasant surprise and shows just how well thought-through the course is. Highly recommended!

Reviews

review
Richard Burniston
11 Feb
A throughly enjoyable experience. The school is conveniently located, close to Old Street underground station, and easy to find. After a warm welcome I met the other students, a really nice bunch, and found a seat at the spacious work table. The instructor was very experienced and patient and I simply could not believe that I was able to create such a cool leather piece on my first attempt - I am an artist but do not consider myself "handy" at all, so this came as a pleasant surprise and shows just how well thought-through the course is. Highly recommended!

Class location

Hoxton
50 Chocolate Studios
7 Shepherdess Place
N1 7LJ
London

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Leather Workshop - Make a Card Case by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School - crafts in London

About your host, Carréducker Shoe & Leather School

Carreducker are master handsewn shoemakers based in historic Clerkenwell, London who learned their craft the traditional way, as shoe making apprentices. Today, they make bespoke shoes for private customers and deliver the bespoke shoe service at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row and at James Purdey & Son in Mayfair, London.

Passionate for the heritage, handsewn craft and keen to share their skills, Carreducker have been teaching shoe making since 2006. James Ducker originally taught shoe making at Cordwainers College and Deborah Carre was a visiting lecturer in shoe and accessory design at the London College of Fashion, so teaching has always been important to them.

Since they started teaching, the number and variety of courses has grown from one three-week course to a year-round syllabus of evening, short and longer classes and courses taught by industry experts. All subjects have handsewn shoemaking and craft at their heart from footwear pattern making, shoe care & polishing, 1-to-1 tuition and shoe making masterclasses to small leather accessory saddle stitch classes. Their 12-Day intensive shoe making course is the longest running and one-of-a-kind. In just 12 days students are guided through the 200 plus steps of hand sewing a pair of shoes; starting with a rough pack of leather, a pair of shoe uppers and a pair of lasts (the blocks the shoes are made on) and finishing up with a pair of handsewn shoes they have made themselves.

Courses are taught at the Carreducker Shoe & Leather School on the Islington, Shoreditch, Hoxton borders housed appropriately in a converted factory with metal Crittal windows and exposed brickwork hinting at the buildings heritage. It is a warm, friendly and relaxed space to work in - with shoe and leather work tools hung along a long peg wall in the main work space, next to the bespoke work table and leather hides hung from the rafters in the neighbouring work room - making for a creative and inspiring space in which to learn.

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Notes

Everything is provided for the class, but please do wear trousers. (This may seem an unusual request, but you need to sit on the clam (the piece of equipment used for the stitching) and it is only comfortable in trousers. Coffe, tea and chilled water are available and there's a glass of fizz is at the end to celebrate your great work!

Age Requirement

18

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Leather Workshop - Make a Card Case
by Carréducker Shoe & Leather School
2.5 hour workshop
£69 per person
2.5 hour workshop
from £69 per person