$800 a week at The Cobblers Marketplace!

After completing this course artisans earn an average of

This 23-hour Leather & Fabric Wash course is an introduction to washing leather and fabric products. Students will learn about the products, processes and equipment used to properly clean these materials. 

2-hour Pre-Course:

21-hour Onsite Workshop:
The Cobblers Academy, Miami FL

August 9 - August 12

Watch Intro Video

The Instructor

Jim McFarland

A more-than-twenty-time award-winning, third-generation cobbler, Jim McFarland has seen a lot of shoes. Jim learned the shoe repair trade from his father, growing up in the business he took over in 1986. Today, The Cobblers is thrilled and honored to have him aboard as a resident master and credible resource; Jim is a hands-on fountain of insight, artistry and mentorship. Jim is an exemplary leader in the shoe repair industry, having served several terms on the SSIA’s Board of Directors, as well as two terms as President. He has also served his industry as a judge for the Grand Silver Cup for the last 18 years, since having received the honor himself. The prestigious Grand Silver Cup is bestowed unto its winner just once in a lifetime. Once you win it, you win it. And well, with Mr. McFarland on deck, The Cobblers and discerning clientele win bigger yet, every single day.

Lifetime Value

Course Certificate

With no entry requirements, our trade certificates allow you to learn with motivated peers to develop your craft, broaden existing skills, explore a new career path or life pursuit, or start your own business—and build the artisan network that will help you do it.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to Wash!

    • Course Introduction with Jim McFarland

  • 02

    Identifying Products and Materials

    • Identifying Products and Materials with Jim McFarland

    • What Items Are We Washing?

    • What is the surface material to be washed?

    • Quiz 1 - Washing Leather and Fabric Products

  • 03

    Understanding Materials and Washing Process

    • Understanding Materials and Washing Process with Jim McFarland

    • Understanding the Washing Process

    • Quiz 2 - Washing Leather and Fabric Products

  • 04

    Knowing Product and Equipment

    • Knowing Product and Equipment with Jim McFarland

    • Products

    • Equipment

    • Safety

    • Quiz 3 - Washing Leather and Fabric Products

  • 05

    Preparing the Item for Wash

    • Preparing the Item for Wash with Jim McFarland

  • 06

    Washing the Item

    • Washing the Item with Jim McFarland

    • The Washing Process

    • Drying the Item

    • Quiz 4 - Washing Leather and Fabric Products

  • 07

    Finishing and Inspecting the Item

    • Finishing and Inspecting the Item with Jim McFarland

    • Final Steps

    • Quiz 5 - Washing Leather and Fabric Products

    • Register for Your Lab Course



“I never imagined I would build the skills to become an artisan and make money from my passion to design and build footwear.”


M. Damiano

“The Cobblers Academy is teaching me essential skills to get me on the job faster than traditional 4-year colleges. I have already began apprenticing on the Refinish & Dye team”

G. Martinez


“After three years of training myself to customize sneakers on Youtube, I decided to take my career to the next level. Grateful for these instructors”


E. Lehmand