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Private Lessons and Group Workshops

Interested in learning an amazing, time honored craft that is both useful AND beautiful?  Look no further!  Leatherworking has been around since man first fashioned shoes and clothing out of hide, that's a lot of time to perfect a craft!  

 

Whether you're a beginner looking to get into leathercraft or a group of pals looking for something fun and creative to do- I'm here to get you on your way.  My lessons are taught in my Vallejo Ca studio, easily accessed from hwy 80, Bart/bus, or if you live in SF, a beautiful ferry ride away.  Classes range from 3 1/2 - 5hrs hours long, and I provide you with snacks and drinks (adult beverages if you're in the mood ;)  Please let me know if you have any food allergies, and also note that I do have a cat (if this is an issue we can discuss a solution).

How it works:

Email me with your chosen project and days/times that work best for you.  Once we've settled on a date, I take payment through PayPal or Venmo and block out your studio time.  

**If you would like to extend your time, my studio fee is $30 per hour

 

Belt Workshop 4hrs  

private lesson $120     2-3 pp $100     4-6 pp $80    

With a few simple tools and techniques you'll learn how to make a gorgeous, store quality belt.  I do provide buckles, but if you have a special buckle please bring it!

In this class you will learn to:

   *cut a strap from 80z vegetable tanned leather

   *measure for a perfectly fitted belt

   *use design and alphabet stamps

   *dye with Tandy Leather Waterstains

   *burnish edges

   *apply hardware (buckle and rivets)

   *leather care

Wallet Workshop  31/2  hrs

private lesson $105     2-3 pp $85     4-6 pp $65

 

Learn to make a billfold style wallet in this beginners class.  We will be using natural 4oz vegetable tanned leather that will soften and darken to a beautiful tan patina over time. 

You will learn to:

   *make, trace and cut out a pattern in leather

   *punching holes for hand stitching 

   *use leather adhesives 

   *hand sew using the saddle stitch

   *burnish edges

   *leather care

Fanny Pack Workshop 4hrs

private lesson $120     2-3 pp $100     4-6 pp $80

Fanny pack? Hip bag? Whatever you want to call it, hands free is the way to be!  This beginner level class is great because you'll learn 2 great skills; bag construction and belt making in one class. Choose from natural or black leather, and brass or nickel hardware.

You will learn to:

   *trace and cut a pattern from leather

   *punch holes for hand stitching 

   *use leather adhesives

   *hand sew using the saddle stitch 

   *cut a strap from leather hide

   * properly measure for a perfect fit

   *apply hardware (buckle, button stud and rivets) 

Leather Tote Workshop  5hrs

private lesson $164     2-3 pp $130     4-6 pp $100

Impress everyone when you show up with your handmade tote bag! Choose from black, tan or dark brown cowhide and customize with your choice of strap and hardware color.  The finished bag is 13" x 11" and features a large inside pocket.

You will learn to:

   *create, trace and cut a pattern from leather (exacto knife and scissors method)

   *box corners

   *punch holes for stitching 

   *use different leather adhesives

   *hand sew using the saddle stitch

   *apply rivets 

Dyed Leather Clutch 31/2 hrs

private lesson $105     2-3 pp $85     4-6 pp $65

Create a beautiful and colorful leather clutch in this beginners class. Explore the many ways to use Tandy Leather Waterstains by using paintbrushes, sponges, layering and blending.

You will learn:

   *why we use only vegetable tanned leather for this project

   *various dying techniques

   *which leather adhesive to use

   *to punch holes for stitching

   *hand sewing using the saddle stitch

   *apply a button stud for closure

   *leather care

Carved Leather Patch 31/2 hrs

private lesson $105     2-3 pp $85     4-6 pp $65

Carving leather is the process of transferring an image into leather and making it 3 dimensional by using a swivel knife and various stamping tools. You'll come home with an awesome leather patch to make your jacket or bag a real showstopper!

We will learn:

   *why we only work with vegetable tanned leather

   *transfer an image into leather using various templates I provide

   *tool your image into leather 

   *choose between painting with acrylic or use an antique stain 

   *punch holes for stitching onto your jacket or bag

"Jen was warm, welcoming, funny and upbeat while still conveying an entire beginner's lesson. I'm incredibly thankful that she was so kind to us and I strongly recommend her lessons to anyone interested in improving their leather-working abilities. I certainly will be back for another lesson."

"She educated us about the products she works with and why, as well as how to care for the leather to make it last longer- I couldn't be more in love with my new wallet!"

"Jen made our experience so 

special"