LET'S LEARN LEATHERCRAFT
Leather Sandal Making Experience Day
Hosted in our beautiful studio surrounded the fantastic heritage of Leigh Spinners Mill, we welcome you to the Sandal Making Workshop!
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Welcome to our private leatherworking class where you can create a unique pair of sandals entirely of your own design. Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process of crafting your sandals from start to finish, ensuring that you leave with a beautiful and comfortable pair of shoes that you can be proud of.
Join us for a fun and rewarding experience that you won't forget!
This session is privately booked for 1 day from 10am to 4pm, with a 1-hour lunch break.
In the morning of your workshop, we'll pop the kettle on and get ready to learn all about the different types of leather. Then, once we know our material, you will design your very own pair of sandals, how you want them to sit and what works best for you under expert tuition. Then, we'll begin patterning to fit perfectly to your feet!
Once patterned, we can start cutting your design from your chosen leather. Add colours, patterns, texture, 3d elements... whatever your heart desires! Check our range of dyes for something funky, or keep it neutral and modern - its all up to you.
We'll also head out for a little lunch to keep them crafty minds working.
In the afternoon, we can begin to assemble your sandals. You will use glues, stitching, rivets and hardware to put together your final pair.
We'll top your finished flip-flops off with some leather protection, and you're ready to take them away to wear!
what will you craft?
In the Sandal Making Course you will create one pair of leather Sandals for yourself. No shoe lasts are provided in this workshop as you can recreate the same simple process at home.
Design your pair entirely from scratch using self-drafting and draping techniques. These patterns are then yours to take away with you should you wish.
This session includes all your materials and use of the studio and it's contents for the day. Our workshop space has a wide range of dyes, stamps, decorative elements, hardware and accessories for you to choose from. You are also welcome to bring your own decoration pieces to this workshop should you wish.
You will take away with you one handmade pair of leather sandals to fit your own feet.
After your workshop, you will also receive a copy of our 26 page Buyers Guide. Filled with articles, handy information and a list of UK suppliers, this booklet has been specially produced to ensure all our students leave our course with everything they could possibly need to continue their journey in leathercrafting.
We also have a small cafe's worth of tea, coffee and snacks whilst you craft!
what our students say!
We had a really good day. Pipa listened and reacted to what we wanted from the course and delivered exactly what we asked for! It was good to work with some who was so skilled and willing to share her knowledge, including the short cuts! The whole thing was very enjoyable and we left with not only lots of ideas, but how we might actually achieve them!
What a privilege to spend a day with such a talented, knowledgeable and enthusiastic artisan. Pipa is a gifted teacher, and takes a interest in the student's own style and ideas, but she's also down to earth and approachable. I started the day with no background in leatherwork and left with knowledge, skills, new ideas and the confidence to try out some techniques in my own crafting. Thanks, Pipa!