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Identity Leather Craft Workshops

The Identity Store are experienced leather craft suppliers with a passion to pass on this amazing skill. The workshops are designed to teach basic to advanced leathercraft skills; as well as some project based arts and crafts workshops that can be done for a creative day out.

The workshops are usually held in our studio above the store in the town of Matlock, Derbyshire. Matlock is approximately 30 mins from the M1 and has good train and bus links from Derby. The store is a 5 minute walk from the train station.


The workshops are usually between 4-6 people and offer the chance for some personal attention. They are designed to offer the chance to make a specific project/s during the session that you can take home with you. Occasionally there may be a little finishing off of projects at home depending on how the session works out. Our tutors are experienced leathercrafters and knowledgeable about the subject and are always happy to discuss specific ways to adapt the projects to your interests.

To see the current list of workshops click here

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Introduction to Leathercraft

Introduction to Leathercraft Workshop

If you would love to get started with leather work but are a little daunted about the techniques, tools and types of leather then this is the course for you. You will get to practice on small projects that you can take home with you, as well as useful handout material. You will learn: what to look for when buying leather, how to cut and stitch leather, how to set rivets and press stud fasteners, how to use and look after basic leather tools

Tutor: David Turner

Book This Workshop - 17th September 2019

Book This Workshop - 15th October 2019

Carving & Embossing

Carving & Embossing Workshop

Learn this wonderful technique of creating designs and impressions in leather (tooling) with expert tutor David Turner. Focussing on traditional British style Tudor Rose, English Oak leaf motif, and Basketweave on small projects that you can take home with you. You will learn: how to treat the leather, how to use the basic embossing set and what each tool is designed for, how to transfer your patterns on to the leather, how to get raised effects and backgrounds. The session will also cover an introduction into best practice for edging your leather.

Tutor: David Turner

Book This Workshop - 18th September 2019

Book This Workshop - 16th October 2019

Leather Messenger Bag

Bag Making Workshop at The Identity Store

A busy day making a hand stitched leather messenger bag in a simple style suitable for men or women, and useful for carrying tablets. You will learn how to add fastenings, pattern cutting, adding straps, with the chance to add some of your own design touches. The bag size is approximately 27cmx21cm x5cm.

Tutor: Sarah Benson

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Date to be announced

Leather Mask Making

Mask Making Workshop

Learn to shape and wet mould leather and add surface decoration to make a unique mask. You will make a leather mask to take home with you with the chance to add many of your own design touches.

Tutor: Sarah Benson

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Date to be announced

Stitched Leather Book Journal

Leather book journal Workshop

This introduction to stitched book binding is a great way to get started on learning how to make your own notebooks, made using quality calf leathers that are lined in a choice of papers. You will learn: how to stitch folios, how to line the leather, and a look at different methods of fastening.

Tutor: Sarah Benson

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 Date to be announced

Seminar Days

These differ from the workshops, we usually aim the days at larger groups giving the opportunity to pool and share information for other leather-workers and artists and look at teaching some expert & technical information, combined with practical sessions.

Understanding Leather

Leather seminar day

A detailed look at getting to grips with different leathers and their applications. Increase your knowledge about the types of leathers, the way leather is tanned and the effect this has on the end uses. The seminar day will include practical work to change the look and feel of your leathers. This will give you the confidence to source and explore using different leathers in your projects/business.

With leather expert Dr Peter Laight, Peter has spent 50 years developing and making leather throughout the world. Working for Pittards, the leather manufacturers, for 25 years, he was responsible for developing their water resistant and stay soft ranges. At The Identity Store he's developed ways of digitally printing on leather for many applications.

Tutors: Dr Peter Laight, Sarah Benson and guest speakers

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 Date to be announced

2D Surface Decoration



2D surface decoration can include dyeing, staining, painting, screen printing, block-printing, various types of digital printing and laser engraving. All can be used individually or in combination to produce almost any effect imaginable, and to create a unique selling point. Because the leather surface plays such a major role in the appearance of the final product, and because of how difficult it is to obtain leather in small quantities to the colour/effect wanted, we advocate all crafts people become proficient in 2D surface techniques. This workshop will concentrate on digital printing, dyeing and staining and finishing. The techniques will be taught in a way that is applicable to small workshop/hobbyist up to semi-industrial production. The workshop will be relevant to anyone who wants to be creative in what they design and make, from creating vintage effects to cutting edge art & design.


Tutors: Dr Peter Laight & Sarah Benson


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 Date to be announced