In this 4 week course, you will gain an over all view of working with supple Italian quality leather. You will learn to create a change purse, card holder and finally the last project a leather mail bag or tote bag. This is a great fun way to gain knowledge and skills about the leather making process as well as working with beautiful leather for your first time. With my expert guidance throughout your workshop you will be cutting your leather, marking out and chisel punching out your stitch holes, setting any hardware, waxing your threads, burnishing your edges and then finally bringing it all together by hand stitching using a traditional leather Saddle Stitch. Don't worry if you're unfamiliar with any of the terminology as there is a demo of each stage and you are encouraged to practice on off-cuts of leather to build your confidence.
Coming from an Art History background, leather work is Sarah’s passion, which all started when she got a present from a friend. The notebook didn’t have a cover, and she just couldn’t find one she liked so she decided to make one. So she naturally went to the wholesalers and discovered a world of possibilities and leather. Sarah hasn’t looked back since. She mainly enjoys working with fine Italian tanned hides, due to the superior quality of the skins and also the variety. She creates wallets, bags, notebook covers, portfolios and just about anything you can think of. She is also pursuing a Diploma in Visual Arts in Sydney.