Our Program

Amblard Leather Atelier offers a 1-year program. The 1-year program consists of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and master level courses. Each class meets once a week for a 12-week session. Classes are limited to no more than 8 students.

The first 9 months of our 12-month program have been designed to teach the ins and outs of working with leather exclusively by hand. The last 3 months is an introduction to using machinery and the handwork you have mastered, together.

Please note that this program consists of predetermined projects done at the student's own pace.
The amount of pieces created by the end of each session will depend solely on the individual
student. For fees and registration click here.

Beginner Session:
In our beginner session you will be introduced to working with leather purely by hand. You will learn about the essential tools needed to work with leather, pattern making, cutting, assembling, stitching, and hand finishing. By working on a specific sequence of projects, you will have learned the symmetry patternmaking technique, progressive pattern making skills, assembling and finishing techniques. To register click here.

Intermediate Session:
In our intermediate session we will move onto larger projects. You will learn about the basic bag structure, additional construction, stitching, and finishing techniques. Each project will present additional processes and skills. To register click here.

Advanced Session:
In our advanced session you will learn to complete more complicated designs and advanced construction techniques such as rounded handles. You will also be introduced to hand skiving techniques. The pattern making will focus on more intricate patterns. By the end of this session,
you should feel competent using the symmetry pattern method, assembling and finishing your
leather goods solely by hand.
To register click here.

Master Session:
In our master session you will learn how to combine the handwork learned in the past 9 months with basic sewing machine techniques. Plus, be introduced to machine skiving. The pieces will focus on more complex patterns that will require you to use your most advanced tools, including the hand skiver and sewing machine. By the end of this session, you will have accomplished all the skills needed to create your own fabulous fine leather goods. To register click here.

Evening Class :
Unavailable in the day? Attend an evening class. In these classes, you will learn the same skills taught in our beginner session. Evening classes meet from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Thursday Evening Class:
Exclusively for new students. Beginning projects 1, 2, & 3 are taught. To register click here.

Tuesday Evening Class:
Prerequisite: Projects 1, 2 & 3 have to be completed and teacher approval has to be granted.
Beginning Projects 4, 5, & 6 are taught. To register click here.

Materials and Tools:
When you sign up for any classes with Amblard Leather Atelier all materials and tools you need to complete projects are provided. All you need is your enthusiasm.

All materials are included - pattern paper, leather, cardboard, foam, etc.

All tools are included - ruler, straight edge, cutting knife, glue, compass, pricking iron, mallet, sharp awl, round awl, sewing clamp, hammer, edge dye, bee’s wax, burnishing iron, and wax cloth… just to name a few. For fees and registration click here.


© 2014 Amblard Leather Atelier

Fall 2014 is now filled.

Beginner's Session Booking for Winter 2015
starting in January 2015.