leather workshops

I provide a range of group workshops as well as personal 1-1 workshops throughout the year as both an introduction to working with leather as well as opportunities to improve your existing skills. workshops are available to work on set projects or to work on projects of your own.

"Thanks for the great course at weekend.  It was really enjoyable, and I learned a great deal. I really appreciate the extra help you gave when completing my bottle-holder. Whilst I found that section of stitching very hard, I feel that I have a good understanding of the whole process. So I feel more of an intermediate student than a beginner now. It was a good, cheerful group, I am looking forward to doing the Apron day in the New Year." John February 2021

group workshops

salts mill, saltaire

7th august                  clutch bag    

18th-19th september traveller’s bag

9th october                tool roll

7th november            candle holder

5th december            candle holder

upcoming group workshops will be listed here as they are confirmed. please contact me to register an interest in a group workshop if there are no future dates listed or you cannot make the scheduled dates.


brooklyn studios, hebden

mondays, 10am - 12midday and 2pm -4pm


king’s centre, lancaster

17th october            apron

14th november        candle holder


creative with nature, todmorden

5th september             apron

10th september           belt

30th september           traveller’s bag

27th october                candle holder


9th -10th december    messenger bag


1-1 workshops

I provide one to one private workshop tuition in leatherwork at my studio in hebden bridge, west yorks. these intimate workshops are ideal as a special birthday or christmas gift or to buy for yourself if you cannot make any of the group dates, or prefer to work on your own special project with expert personal tuition.


1-1 workshops have the advantage of more flexible dates and times and can be booked as either full day, afternoon or evening workshops

special projects

catherine is always keen to work on special projects either with a group or on an individual 1-1 basis. examples of some previous projects include

  • cycle panniers - taking a student from choosing leather, cutting individual patterns, strap cutting, hand stitching, finishing and finally fitting the finished panniers to the bicycle (8 week project - 1 x 6 hour day per week)
  • cartridge case - using an existing pre WW2 cartridge case to take patterns from, choosing appropriate leather and fittings, hand cutting, lining, waxing and finishing (4 week project, 1 x 3 hour evening per week)
  • teaching a student to create mountings for enamel plates, involving selection of materials, cutting, edging, mark making, dyeing, rivetting and waxing (2 week project, 2 x 3 hour sessions)

workshops at your school or organisation

catherine can provide half day, day or evening workshops at your school, college or venue of choice, tailor made to fit in with your current curriculum or project. these will include some basic leatherwork theory, experimentation, help with specific project work e.g. historical re-creation, or working towards a final piece. catherine can fit flexibly around your timetable, creating bespoke workshops if required. please contact catherine to discuss further details.