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Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag

A beautiful and sturdy leather tote can last a lifetime. This class will introduce leatherworking skills and design techniques that may be applied to a variety of future projects. In this class, we will make a hand-stitched, leather tote – perfect for toting a laptop or several books. The finished bag will measure approximately 18"x12" in size. Customization can be discussed and additional pockets or strap enhancements can be considered for an additional material fee.


Sat, Jan 21, 2017 - Sun, Jan 22, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 12/10/16)

Course Details

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$170.00 per student (Regular rate)
$150.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Candace LaCosse Candace LaCosse

Candace LaCosse is the owner of Hemlocks Leatherworks, a one-woman operation based in downtown Duluth, Minnesota, where she draws inspiration from Lake Superior's North Shore, the vast history of traditional shoemaking, and traditional cultures around the world.

With a degree in graphic design and journalism, Candace has an eclectic professional background in fashion journalism, education and art. She first learned about the fashion, retail and marketing worlds as an editorial and fashion assistant for Mpls.St.Paul and Mpls.St.Paul Weddings magazine. She then went on to live, learn, travel and teach in Asia for two years. Wishing to return to Minnesota and study traditional Scandinavian craft, Candace was accepted into the internship program at North House Folk School, where she made her first pair of shoes, built her first yurt, spent many hot hours in front of the wood-fired oven and fell in love with Black Ash basketry. She then went on to apprentice with master cordwainer Molly Grant of The Cordwainer Shop, a one-hundred year old family business based in Deerfield, New Hampshire. With Grant she participated in American Craft Council and Smithsonian craft shows, as well as private trunk shows in Manhattan.

In 2015, Candace was selected as one of eight nationally emerging artists to participate in the American Craft Exposition in Chicago. She was also featured as one of fifty national artists in the American Craft Council Holiday gift guide. Her work can be found in boutiques in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and of course, her shop in Duluth. 

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Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag

Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag

Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag