Introduction to Leatherworking

May 28 - May 30, 2022

Introduction to Leatherworking


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $455
Material Fee: $60

Leather crafting has been around for thousands of years and the products of this art form continue to be highly prized. During the course of this workshop you will get an overview of different kinds of leather, tooling, sewing and finishing techniques. Participants will practice these skills on small functional pieces before putting them all to use on one larger project on the remaining two days. You will leave the class with a few small projects (coasters, keychain/bracelet) and one larger project (refillable journal cover). Participants are suggested to either bring an apron or wear clothes that can potentially get stained as it is possible this may occur in the process of finishing projects.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Katie D. Coleman

Katie has been working and selling leather working pieces for the last five years. Her interest stemmed from a background in blacksmithing. She has taught classes for students as young as 8 years old to adult students in their sixties and thoroughly enjoys each new teaching experience. Katie has her own business creating custom leather working pieces including: journals, sheaths, belts, checkbook covers, portfolios, bracelets and mixed media pieces.

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