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Hand bound leather journal workshop

Handbound Journals made by Students

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COVID-19 Information: If for any reason due to the pandemic we are unable to run this workshop on its planned date (or a participant is unable to attend due to following government guidelines) the affected student(s) will be given reasonable priority for any future dates for the same workshop or will also have the option to book onto an alternative workshop of equal or greater value providing any difference in cost is paid.

(Due to Covid-19 we are aware that some students would prefer to do this workshop as either a 1-2-1 or in a family group. We can offer this workshop by prior arrangement on mutually agreed dates. Please contact us to discuss.)

This hands-on workshop will teach you to make a hand bound leather journal from scratch. Starting with a large sheet of paper you'll be guided through the process of turning it into the individual pages of the journal, binding them together and adding a leather cover as well as a page marker.

You will be given the opportunity to dye the vegetable tanned leather to form the cover as well as adding decoration using embossing / stamping it if you wish, creating a truly unique item to take home at the end of the day

Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring a suitable apron.

For more information email via the contact form above.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The price includes tuition, use of the tools and materials including the leather, paper etc.

Tea & coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch and any soft drinks / snacks you require.

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason please contact us as soon as possible.

Our refund policy is:
Over 30 days before the workshop date: Full refund or, alternative date if available.
Between 14 and 30 days before the workshop date: 75% refund or, alternative date if available.
Less than 14 days before the workshop date: no refund given.

Refunds due will be paid to the original payee by the original payment method. If you do not turn up for your workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund nor will you be eligible to move your booking to an alternative date.

In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by Evancliffe Leathercraft, you will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to book onto an alternative workshop (if available). You will be given as much notice as possible if a workshop has to be cancelled.

This policy may be subject to change so please check at the time of booking. The policy in place at the time of booking a place on a workshop will apply in the event of cancellation.


Clive & Wendy Elsdon at Evancliffe Leathercraft
19 Holywood
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 3HE
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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1 day (10:00am to 4:00am)

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In-person course
- - #30906

This leather bound journal was the second course I attended with Clive & Wendy. The first before Covid and the second during this pandemic. If you are thinking of attending one of their courses rest assured your health and safety are in excellent hands. All precautions were there in spades and you will feel safe but they still managed to make the whole learning process relaxed, friendly and most importantly, informative.

The course was more than just making a journal - Clive & Wendy are very knowledgable people who are passionate about using leather to make beautiful objects. Again, thank you for a wonderful, safe day out - of which I have had precious few in these trying 6 months.

Good luck for the future workshops you have scheduled.

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for this excellent review Sue. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your second workshop with us! Also great to hear that the Covid-19 measures we've had to put in place didn't distract from the experience and also made you feel safe.

In-person course
- - #24201

Wendy and Clive are highly skilled leather workers in their own right and their enthusiasm for the craft is infectious. This was my third workshop with them. We started by discussing possible designs, after which we set to, tearing beautiful water colour paper to our chosen size. Then Wendy taught us how to join the pages into a journal, using traditional bookbinding techniques. After lunch it was time to plan, cut and dye the leather covers before final assembly.

Each stage was explained clearly and we made steady progress. I was delighted to end the day with not one but two beautiful handmade leather journals, one with stitched pages and the other loose leafed.

This was a very affordable one-to-one course, arranged at a time to suit me. If you are looking for enthusiastic and skilful tutors who will show you how to make very professional looking leather journals, this is the course for you. Thoroughly recommended..

In-person course
- - #8312

Thought the day was really organised, very interesting and I enjoyed it very much.

In-person course
- - #8283

Really enjoyed the day. Wendy and Clive were very welcoming and provided great tuition. The course was at the right pace and good for somebody who has relatively few leather-craft skills, but the results were very good, a beautiful leather bound, hand crafted journal. It would be really useful to have a photo-copy step by step guide to take away with you. That would be the icing on the cake! By the way, gorgeous surroundings and views from the kitchen, a very enjoyable day. Worth the journey from West Yorkshire. All the best, Helen.

In-person course
- - #8130

The course was fantastic. The tutors were friendly, helpful, supportive and skilled. They provided everything required and maintained a sense of humour throughout the day, with bucket loads of support and advice

Well worth the money.

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