Learn basic leather working skills and make your own leather belt in this 2.5 hour, project based leather craft for beginners workshop with leather crafter and designer Katie Engelhardt from Studio Libelling.
With a focus on the material, tools and process, Katie will lead you through basic leather crafting techniques as you put them into practice creating your very own leather belt. Using locally sourced, Australian veg tanned leather and high quality brass hardware, you will try your hands at cutting leather, stamping and riveting and go home with a finished piece that you will be proud of for years to come!
Along the way you will also gain some insight into the different types of leather, it’s structure and layers, find out the difference between ‘full-grain’ and ‘genuine’ leather, how to properly care for your leather items and a little about the local leather industry and practices.
A fun and practical workshop suitable for beginners, or anyone in need of a fancy new belt! All materials will be supplied, though you will need to bring an existing (well loved) belt to get an accurate belt size.
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Katie Engelhardt is a second-generation leatherworker and the designer and maker of Melbourne based leather goods company, Studio Liebling. Making functional objects and jewellery from locally sourced leather, reclaimed native Australian wood, solid brass, and a decent dose of saturated colour and metallics.
Katie utilises traditional leather crafting methods and tools, and all stages of production are hand worked, from the cutting of the leather, to the dying, stitching, burnishing and finishing.
Through her apprenticeship in traditional leather crafting and background as an event stylist and set dresser, Katie has developed an individual approach to colour and shape, combining traditional leather working techniques with a contemporary aesthetic.
Enthusiastic about her craft, Katie loves any opportunity to share the skills she’s gathered along the way with others.
Techniques and quality of leather. How to make your own belt. Bevelling was the highlight as well as teachers passion for leather.
Fantastic organisation, very friendly, knowledgeable and professional presentation. Well done..loved it
Fantastic, friendly and fulfilling! Katie was open and approachable. She answered our questions clearly and nurtured our new found leather love spark!! I'm proud of my wonky rivets, the barely burnished, beveled, not so beveled edges of the belt! Hopefully come Christmas it will be worn with pride! Hope to do the wallet making class too in the New Year!!