Intermediate Luxury European-Style Leatherwork

Course Details

This five day intermediate course is for those individuals who are have either completed the beginner course or have comparable experience with other instruction.  Not sure which is right for you?  Send in some photos of your work and we will determine if the Intermediate course is a fit for you.  The focus for this course continues with more European methods for hand stitching, edge finishing, using the fileteuse tool and basic assembly processes.  We will also move beyond flat objects to 3D projects including those intermediate projects found in Leatherwork School by Ellen Valentine including the Gadget Bag, the City Bag (a larger version of the Gadget Bag), the T Bottom Tote, the Clutch, the Twist Lock Bag, or the Enchape Bag.

This course will cover the following topics (depending on project(s) selected):

  • Turned bag construction
  • Piping and Welting
  • Gusset Options
  • Gusset Assembly: Glued-Gussets and Matched Holes Methods
  • Installing Magnetic Snaps
  • Shortening and Installing Zippers
  • Installing Rivets
Possible projects can include the intermediate projects from the Leatherwork School book: Gadget Bag, the City Bag (a larger version of the Gadget Bag), the T Bottom Tote, the Clutch, the Twist Lock Bag or the Enchape Bag. Of course, you can also work on beginner projects in this class, but priority will be given to those students who have previous experience.  You will be able to pick your leather from available stock or bring your own leather.  If you catch on quickly and work diligently, you may be able to complete multiple projects.
While pattern making is a vital part of leatherwork, in this course, we will provide pre-made patterns so you can focus your time on construction techniques.  You are encouraged to make any pattern modifications to your selected project using the digital downloadable patterns from the Leatherwork School book before you come to class. (Please email to set a time to discuss your modifications in advance).
There are only 4 students per course so everyone will receive plenty of individual attention.

Available Course Dates

There are no dates scheduled due to Covid.  If you are interested in an intermediate class, please email to indicate your future interest.


Ellen Valentine’s studio in Aiken, SC (about 45 minutes from Augusta, GA).

What’s Included

  • Coffee/Tea/Soda/Snack Self Service Bar (please let us know your preferences!)
  • Lunch (please let us know about dietary restrictions)
  • The use of all studio tools
  • Leather and findings to complete your project
  • Should you select the Belt Kit project, the detachable belt buckle will be available for purchase


Booking Details

To book, go to the workshop page and add the course to your shopping list.  If a workshop you want is full, please email us at and asked to be placed on the standby list in case of cancellations. In the event of a cancellation, the next person on the standby list will be contacted!
Once you complete your deposit, you will receive a Workshop Participant Agreement.  This includes payment receipt, balance due amounts and dates, session times, location details, travel arrangement recommendations and more.  Please see our Terms and Conditions page which includes our cancellation and refund policy.

Course Fee:  $2000.00

To book your place you must pay the 50% deposit ($1000.00). The remaining balance of $1000.00 will be charged 8 weeks before the course starts.