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Qualification name Non regulated Community Learning provision, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design
Qualification level X
Awarding organisation Generic award - no awarding body
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Part-time
Course start date 10th January 2022
Cost £150.00
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

This course is the first of two accessories short courses, designed for students who are interested in working with heavy leathers and combining different weights of skins. Doing this requires hand stitching and traditional approaches that have been practised around the world for 100's of years. Dealing with this challenging natural mediums requires problem solving and creative thinking. We will learn about different types of skins and their character, you will then design a simple pattern for a bag and buy materials and trimmings of your choice. You may also purchase a simple ready made pattern for heavy skins. The focus of the first course will be traditional saddle stitch(including basketball and herringbone stitches), correct knife skills, prep for sewing, attaching fastenings, using edge kote and burnishing the edges. As some of this is time consuming you may be required to finish part of the work at home in preparation for the following session. This course will give you an idea of using calf skin for a range of future projects. The 2nd part of the course will focus on traditional Thonging techniques using at least 2 weights of skins on one bag and adding a lining to your piece.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

This course is suitable for complete beginners in working with heavy leather. It is advisable to complete part 1 before enrolling on part 2 of the course. Please note that treating and cutting heavy skins requires a level of stamina and good eyesight as we are using knives and chisels applied in a high level of precision. Please contact the department in advance with if you think this may be an issue for you. - You must have proficient knowledge in using a two threads sewing machine

View the key features of this course.

1. to develop your own designs and draft a simple pattern for bag with a flap 2. to understand different construction techniques for bag making, using saddle stitch 3. to practise traditional stitching and finishing techniques for heavy skins

Understand how the course will be delivered.

This class is mostly practise based, the tutor will demonstrate how you can develop your ideas and use specialised techniques and finishes. If you are working with a purchased pattern, you will be able to adapt the style if you require, or you can develop your own designs and learn simple pattern cutting skills. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience, through discussions, show and tell and group critique. The tutor will work with students one-to-one and in groups. In order

Find out what material you will need.

- sharp heavy fabric scissors, - notepad and a coloured pen, 2H pencil, sharpener and eraser, - masking tape, paper scissors, Also:, - you will be required to purchase own materials for your bag following the first session(leather, thread, chisels, mallet, burnishing liquid etc), this is essential for you to progress in the right pace at such a short course. The cost depends on the size and complexity of your personal design. Suppliers list will be given in the first lesson,

We run a variety of accessories and specialist courses as well as other courses which might be of interest, including clothes making and pattern cutting. You might want to try one of the following: , Designer Bags and Handbags, Pattern Cutting: Beginners , Leather and Fabric Tote Bag , Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details:

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Name Morley College London Waterloo Centre
Address 61 Westminster Bridge Road
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