Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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New! The Classic Quilted Handbag

From Monday 09 July 2018
To Friday 13 July 2018


The Classic Quilted Handbag has become a recognized status symbol since its inception in 1955. During this workshop leather expert Kathryn Brenne will help you construct your own version of this handbag while learning techniques of working with leather.

Kathryn has designed a medium sized handbag pattern exclusive to the workshop.

Students will learn how to:

  • Quilt leather
  • Construct a handbag with inner support
  • Add a leather suede lining complete with zipper pocket
  • Set hardware
  • make a chain handle
  • Participants can choose from three colours: black, burgundy or classic nude with gold or silver hardware.

All supplies to make one Classic French Quilted Handbag are included in the workshop.

Supplies include:

  • Kathryn Brenne Original exclusive handbag pattern 
  • leather
  • interlining
  • leather suede lining
  • thread
  • zipper for lining
  • hardware from NY
  • chain handle
  • Project booklet complete with instructions and process photos

Classes will run from 9am to 5 pm daily with breaks and lunch included in the tuition.

Tuition: Tuition includes all supplies, full use of machines and equipment at The Academy, instruction booklet, pattern, lunches, breaks and beverages.  

I am pleased to offer a discounted tuition of $1650 Canadian plus tax for those paying with cash, cheque or e-transfer.  Regular tuition of $1700 Canadian will apply to Visa and Mastercard payments.  Please contact Kathryn for current US dollar exchange rates.

Kathryn Brenne is available for private tuition!

If you or a group of friends would like to schedule an event at The Academy or another location please contact for rates and availability.

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