Handcrafted Leather Goods

Handcrafted Leather Goods

Explore the world of hand-made leather goods on this enjoyable introductory weekend. Katherine Pogson, designer and author of How to Work with Leather, demonstrates some classic leather-working techniques, and how to Apply these to stylish contemporary products. 

Create high quality products including wallets, cuffs, card and phone cases, belts, key fobs, purses, costume jewellery and more.  Choose from a selection of accessible patterns and master simple construction, decoration and hand-finishing methods for a truly professional finish.

Working with top quality vegetable-tanned leather, you will learn to:
• Mark up and cut out leather accurately
• Experiment with saddlery techniques including channelling, creasing and paring
• Practice edge-finishes including bevelled, burnished and turned edges
• Master the art of hand-stitching with twin needles
• Insert metal fittings with confidence

This course is open to beginners and improvers. Previous students and those with some experience will have the chance to practice more advanced techniques. Individual experimentation is encouraged, and you are welcome to bring your own projects to work on.

Katherine Pogson specialises in bespoke leather accessories and surface treatments. She set up her studio in 2000, and has been teaching these skills for over a decade.


Materials to the value of £30.00 are included in the price of this course.  Katherine will supply a selection of her own patterns for wallets, purses, boxes and belts to choose from, with the option of adapting them to your own design.

saddler's tools

saddler's tools


The Archivist, Unit V Reliance Wharf, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET


Places – 6
Dates – Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December 2017
Times – 10am - 5pm
Cost – £330.00


  • Materials to the value of £30.00, including veg-tan leather, needles and sundries
  • 3 patterns to keep and adapt
  • Use of specialist tools equipment
  • Suppliers information pack
  • Snacks and refreshments

Additional materials & tools may be available to purchase on the day