Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

Course Dates: 22/03/25
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Spend a day experimenting with leather dye and dyeing techniques. You will be introduced to methods of applying dye and a range of creative techniques such as resist, crackle and speckling, to use on bookbinding and other leather projects. Suitable for beginners.
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Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques
  • Course Code: VD361
  • Dates: 22/03/25 - 22/03/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: VD361

Sat, day, 22 Mar - 22 Mar '25

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course is for those interested in creative applications of leather dye. You will be introduced to different dye types, how to mix dye and a range of methods of dye applications and techniques. There will be plenty of time for experimentation and practice.

What will we cover?

- Different types of leather dye and their properties
- Making up dyes and mixing them
- Leather preparation
- Application of dyes and thinking about colour
- Creative techniques for applying dyes.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Be aware of different kinds of leather dye and their uses
- Experiment with dyes on leather
- Develop creative dye techniques
- Use dyes safely.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners. This course is primarily aimed at those working in bookbinding and some of the leather types will reflect that. However, these techniques can be used for many other creative activities where leather is used.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. This is a workshop based class and so there will be time for individual experimentation and practice during the day.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Some leather will be supplied but if you really want to let your creativity flow, please feel free to bring your own pieces to experiment with - natural, un-dyed leather is best. All dyes will be supplied. You will also need a pencil, notebook and pen as you might wish to make your own notes to supplement the course handouts.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Suitable courses may be:
VD300 Bookbinding: gold tooling on leather
VD251 Working with leather: decorative techniques
VD435 Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
VD323 Bookbinding: Leather paring and knife sharpening
VD412: Bookbinding: Gold tooling on paper.

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