Leatherwork Skills Workshop

Learn the basics of creating leather items with upcycled materials



2 hours Class size 8 to 12     label Free

In this four-hour workshop, you will be taught how to design, mark out, cut, glue and sew garment leather.

The emphasis of this workshop is the safe use of hand tools. The skills taught can be used to create new leather items or for the repair of leather goods participants may have at home.

The saddle stitching technique can be used for stitching of other stiff materials, not just leather. Any thick pliable material that you may want to stitch together can be joined in the same way.

Participants will be shown how to complete edge lacing. Single and double cordovan and top plait lacing will be demonstrated. These techniques are most often used for construction of larger items such as bags and compendiums.

If time allows flat and round plaiting of 4, 6 and 8 strands will be demonstrated.

Armed with the skills learnt in this workshop, participants will be ready to explore their own making projects at home.


Knowledge required
No prior leatherwork experience is needed.
 
What to bring
A reusable water bottle and snack
 

Reverse Garbage has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.

Additional precautions taken: COVID Safe plan in place

Location

Hut 5 - RG Education Programs, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW

Your teacher
Reverse Garbage
Reverse Garbage

4.8 (173)
9k

We are a creative reuse centre making a difference in the world by reducing waste and creating change in the way we look at resources.

We run workshops for kids, adults and community groups so everyone can learn how to consume less and make more! With us, you'll see the creative potential in leftover and castaway materials to save them from going into landfill.

At Reverse Garbage you’ll find the materials, skills and inspiration you need to live more creatively, more sustainably and more meaningfully.


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Chichi Bracken Apr 2021


What was the teacher like?
The teacher Phil was very knowledgeable about the leather work.

How was the venue?
The venue was perfect for what we have done. 

If materials were provided, did you like them?
Yes, there were many choice and I picked what I liked. 

Was the class good value for money?
This was a free workshop which was great, and was still good quality class.

What did you do / learn?
How to thread the waxed thread onto needles, secure the thread to the needles, then hand stitch leather. Also we've learned how to weave rope in 2 ways. (flat and round) then to secure the weaving. 

Leatherwork Skills Workshop review by Chichi Bracken

Lisa Herrod Apr 2021


Very friendly and patient and extremely knowlwdgeable but targeted at the right level for beginners.

Aline Phu Apr 2021


Phil is friendly, very patient, & professional in his field;
The venue is OK it may be more useful to have a stand notice at the front gate to direct people to the Education Hub, I went to the RG shop & staff was busy with other customers so I waited for my turn to ask where is the classroom;
I like the materials provided in the classroom, it's pity that we are all new to this leatherwork so didn't get the task finished on time;
Number of attendance is just right for the tools allocated.
Thanks again Phil for teaching & sharing with us your wonderful works

Layhoo Loh Apr 2021


The teacher Phil was great. He was knowledgeable and thorough in his explanation. The materials were more than sufficient and the venue was good.

Textiles workshop review by Layhoo Loh

Sara Cappiello Apr 2021


Although there's been a misunderstanding related to the age group, i have enjoyed the leather workshop very much. Great environment, the teacher was patient and interesting, and I learned a lot about leather. Will definetely participate to more workshops, maybe next time I'll double check the targeted age group :)

Textiles workshop review by Sara Cappiello

Wilson Ong Apr 2021


Our teacher Phil, was very professional. He was very patient and his explanations were very clear and precise. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have acquired a lot of knowledge in such short time.

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Squizzy Rider Apr 2021


Great teacher, very patient, thorough, helpful and supportive.
Would have been great to have a bit more time to do a basic project.
But thank you to the Senior Festival for providing this opportunity to get hands on experience. I will continue with leatherwork with a teacher.

Colleen Sattler Apr 2021


Phil, the teacher, was very organised and provided a bag of leather with which we could work. He gave easy to understand explanations of the techniques and tools, and was very patient when giving one on one assistance.

Celine Donnell Apr 2021


Totally enjoyed the experience with Phil guiding me with positive vibes. His presentation was fantastic and a great introduction to basic beginner leatherwork with stitching and plating. I’m hooked!
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