Drawing of a Cow

From Hide to Haute Couture

Leather Trenchcoat
A Hands-on Leatherwork and Sewing with leather workshop taught by Kevin Roche


Sunday, February 6 from 10am to 5 pm

NOTE: Due to insufficient entrollment, the workshop has been CANCELLED
We will try to reschedule it at a later date

UC Extensions Classrooms
10420 Bubb Road, Cupertino

Leather has a mystique all its own: its texture, finish, drape, flexibility, durability and even scent lend a unique stamp to garments and goods fashioned from it. It can also be one of the more challenging materials with which to work, a reputation which frightens many otherwise capable artisans from making the attempt.
In this workshop, costumer and former "Mr. Leather" Kevin Roche will do his best to get you comfortable with including leather and basic leatherwork techniques in your designs.

First, a discussion of different leatherwork techniques will be illustrated with a show-and-tell session of some of his work. Techniques to be discussed will include cutting, stitching, gluing, molding, punching, studding, dying and painting. This part of the workshop will include tips and tricks for integrating leather into other designs, what kind of tools to use, and some do's and don'ts Kevin has learned along the way.

In the second part of the workshop, you will get some hands-on experience creating for yourself a simple glued-and-stitched leather belt, and decorating it with ornamental studwork. While this is a modest project, it should be easily completed by the end of the day, and will give everyone a chance to actually work with some of the techniques, as well as a handsome and usable keepsake to take home at the end of the day.

There will be a materials fee for the leather, belt hardware and studs used in the workshop.
Note that while the room will be well-ventilated, the contact adhesives (similar to Barge ™ Cement) used for the belt-making project contain volatile solvents, which may irritate sensitive individuals.

Cost: $52 GBACG Members  $58 Non-members
Class Size limited to 16
Signup deadline is Jan 24

Class Schedule:
10am Lecture Demonstration and Display
11-12:30 cutting and gluing belts
12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break
(also allowing time for glue to dry)
1:30-4:30 Sew and Decorate Belts
4:30-5pm Cleanup
Items to Bring with you
  • Block of wood for pounding on
  • Wooden or Rawhide mallets
  • Punch Sets
  • Rotary cutting Tools and a new blade
The instructor will provide:
  • Rotary Cutting Mats
  • Black Cotton Quilting Thread
  • Hole Templates
  • Sewing Machines
  • Handouts
  • Leather (note -- if your belt size is larger than 32" there may be an additional leather charge)
  • Studs
  • Buckles
  • 2 Schmetz brand leather needles
  • Glue

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Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild

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5214-F Diamond Heights Blvd., PMB #320
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Money must be received 7 days before the event. GBACG reserves the right to cancel any event or workshop and refund all moneys if not enough tickets are sold. For up-to-date information, call our Hotline at 415.974.9333. Workshops, lectures, and demonstrations are all non-costumed events.

If you have questions regarding ticket purchase, contact Jana Keeler, GBACG Treasurer. If you have questions about the events, contact Sally Norton, Event Coordinator or Yvette Keller, Workshop Coordinator.

Last updated:Friday, 07-Jan-2005 17:14:01 EST