Introduction to leatherwork – Belt making workshop



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This one day course will introduce you to the principles of hand crafted leatherwork through the making of your own hand stitched, hand dyed, leather belt.

A hands on course during which you will learn how to mark out, cut and dye vegetable tanned leather to make a belt. You will then prepare it for stitching and practice the technique of saddle stitch. The course will also show you how to burnish the edges of the belt and finish the leather.

Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring a suitable apron. As we use a stitching pony to hold the work we also recommend wearing trousers instead of a skirt or kilt.

(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).

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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

Individually packaged cold drinks & individually wrapped snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. (We are not currently providing hot drinks as part of our Covid-19 measures.)

Temporary COVID-19 Cancelation Policy:
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.

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

Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners


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

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Jeff Jones - - #34850

A huge thankyou to Wendy & Clive for such a lovely day! I've learned so much today to start my leather working journey.
A beautiful location, a warm welcoming atmosphere, and a massively knowledgeable couple that make learning new skills so easy!
I'll be back ASAP after practicing my saddle stitch.
Cheers Jeff

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Hi Jeff,

Thank you for the review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the workshop. We look forward to welcoming you back on another workshop soon.

In-person course
Shelagh Carter - - #30599

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Very pleased with my belt and my second lot of saddle stitch!
Wendy and Clive are good teachers and leave you to get on with what you're doing without standing over you all the time.
Definitely recommend this course. Thank you.


Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you and well done. We are pleased you enjoyed the day. It was great to be back up and running again.

In-person course
Catherine Youngs - - #30592

Great day with Clive and Wendy. My son and I learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience. Wendy and Clive are great teachers and have a perfect approach, being supportive but not taking over. We were really pleased with the end products. We are both wearing our belts as I type :-) Thanks very much!

PS. Clive and Wendy were great with covid arrangements and we felt very comfortable with the hygiene and distancing and it did not detract from the course.

Thoroughly recommend

Gil and Tom

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Great to hear you both enjoyed the workshop. It is fantastic to be up and running again. We're really pleased that you thought the measures weve put in place kept you safe as we have put a lot of effort into working out the best way to deliver the workshop. Thank you.

In-person course
Duncan Wise - - #27835

I’ve had such a good day and learnt so much from Wendy and Clive, who were great hosts and excellent instructors. The atmosphere was very relaxed and everyone was given one to one instruction when required and plenty of time to complete their belt. I can’t believe what we achieved and now have the bug to do another course. Thank you again

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for this excellent review.

Great to hear you enjoyed it.

In-person course
Sue Lawson - - #27833

One of the best workshops I’ve attended. Professional teaching, delivered in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. No pressure, just lots of advice and encouragement. I feel inspired to try my hand at something more challenging. Thanks to Clive & Wendy for a very enjoyable day.

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:


Thank you for this excellent review.

We are really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the workshop.

In-person course
Jemima Puckett - - #25732

I cannot find worthy words of describing this course! The teachings are perfect for first time crafters and / or social hobbyists. Theres plenty of information you can take home to continue your own separate crafts. All of the tools are explained at a pace that is comfortable for you. The hosts / teachers Wendy and Clive are like family to me! They are very welcoming, funny and friendly and youll generally feel like your friends are teaching you. Also I'd like to point out that both Wendy and Clive are very talented with leather and their crafts will inspire you to try to make your own at home !

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you so much for the review. It is great to know that you have enjoyed the workshop so much!

Good look with your leatherwork and it would be great to see some of your work in the future.

In-person course
Tracey - - #25450

5 stars are not enough! Wendy and Clive are fantastic tutors, the knowledge and skill they past on during this course was brilliant. I'm a complete novice in leather work, yet came away with a belt that looks amazing, looking forward to making more. The beautiful surroundings also helped make this a memorable day. Would definitely recommend, and look forward to booking more courses with them. Thank you for such a great day,

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for the reveiw. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the workshop. New 2020 workshop dates for tbe first quater are up on Craft Courses and our own website. Hope there is one there to suit you!

In-person course
Nathan - - #25332

Can’t rate the course high enough, excellent learning environment, relaxed and friendly.

I learned so many skills and techniques more easily than I thought, instructed perfectly and produced something amazing, testimony in itself to the teaching style and ability of a Wendy and Clive.

Has left me eager and excited to continue learning leatherwork and practicing myself.

Incredible, thank you.

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for the review. It is great to hrar you had a good time.

In-person course
Rob Butler - - #25329

Wonderful learning experience in a great workroom with glorious views led by really good tutors in a very friendly environment. What more could you want? By the end I felt confident in the skills required and had a really good quality belt to show off.

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for tbe review. We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop and the view!

In-person course
Bill Ashbee - - #21571

This course is ideal for the novice. Tutors Wendy and Clive deliver hands on tuition which is both highly knowledgeable, sympathetic and they are both prepared to spend what time it takes with each student individually. They are both good fun too!
To be able to make a great belt in the time is a reflection on their teaching skills. I'd never thought I would come away with such a stylish completed product!
Excellent value and a wonderful day out.
Which of their Courses will I go on next ????

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed tbe belt workshop.

You could try our one day pouch workshop to make a pouch to hang from your new belt. We also offer atwo day bag workshop or if you want to let your artistic talents show our half day stamping, embossing & wet moulding workshop is good fun and we think good value for money!

In-person course
Glad Halton - - #18474

A thoroughly enjoyable day in a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of information and tips for leatherwork with a great belt at the end of the day. This was my second course with Clive and Wendy and I've booked another for the spring of 2019 to learn more skills.

In-person course
Jimmy atkinson - - #18457

This course was brilliant from start to finish. It was my first real experience of leather craft and I have been inspired to do more. An enjoyable day- very well planned, structured and delivered. I have come away feeling very confident with the basics of leather craft and a great belt. Excellent tuition and pace, complete with a fine selection of biscuits 👍. Thank you.

In-person course
Sarah - - #16156

I had never done any leatherwork before this course. The tutors were excellent. Their instructions were clear and their demonstrations were spot on. They entertained us with interesting facts and details and kept us all on track so that each of us with a well-made belt at the end of the day. I will definitely be returning for future courses and will be continuing to develop my skills at home. Thoroughly recommended!

In-person course
Oliver bogle - - #16127

Very enjoyable, learnt loads, nice group of people and Wendy and Clive made me feel very welcome, both very good instructors. Would recommend to anyone .

In-person course
Jon Bailey - - #14546

Outstanding day. Having no knowledge of leather craft I didn’t know what to expect. Clive and Wendy put everyone attending at ease and they both showed patience and understanding during the tricky bits (for me it was the hand stitching). This has given me a desire to try more advanced techniques and I will no doubt attend another course. The end result was pretty good as well.

In-person course
John - - #14532

What an enjoyable day. Amazing views from our workstation, excellent hospitality and a real sense of achievement when we finished our belts. I didn't fully appreciate the work that goes into hand stitching a piece of leather.
Clive and Wendy were great hosts and very informative. Whilst the instruction is delivered in a very relaxed style, my wife and I both came away very proud of our work but exhausted. You do have to concentrate to make a good job.
I would heartily recommend anyone to give this workshop a go. At the end of the day you walk away with a hand made leather belt which you can brag about to your friends.

In-person course
Marianne Langley - - #14487

I could not have enjoyed today more! Clive and Wendy took us through every step of making a hand-sewn leather belt. Their patience, knowledge and skill ensured we all left with a new craft and a belt we will treasure for years. Cannot wait to start practicing my new hobby and thank you for making this such an enjoyable and enriching experience.

In-person course
Chris Battye - - #14484

I can't reccomend these guys enough! Wendy and Clive are both very knowledgeable and have tailored a course to suit all abilities. We were shown all the techniques to cut, dye, stitch and finish a belt and book mark I am so proud of. Thoroughly enjoyable -the 6 hours flies by. Definitely want to do more now. Thank you :-)

In-person course
Val Robinson - - #12799

This is a well thought out course, and I was surprised by the amount of productive work we got through in the day. I would definitely attend another workshop by Clive and Wendy. This course is good value for money.

In-person course
Ian - - #11226

Excellent course. Relaxed atmosphere, easy pace of learning and instruction gave me the confidence to pursue working with leather on my own. Many thanks to Clive and Wendy.

In-person course
Gary Lawson - - #10327

My first ever experience of leather craft and in all honesty it was excellent. Clive and Wendy are very welcoming and great tutors. Working through the step-by-step process from cutting the hide to the finished piece was fascinating. Using the wide array of tools was very rewarding and the course has certainly inspired me to try some small projects.

All in all I am frankly delighted (and very surprised) that I have a belt that looks and feels superb, if I do say so myself.

A big thank you Clive and Wendy.

In-person course
David Billett - - #8542

This was an excellent course in every respect. Wendy and Clive gave expert tuition and support to the five participants throughout. The learning and social atmosphere was very enjoyable. I was delighted to have produced a belt.

In-person course
Phil Corless - - #6275

Wendy and Clive are both very passionate and knowledgeable about leather work, I attended a belt making course which I really enjoyed. The course was an excellent introduction into leather work and I look forward to attending one of the more advanced courses when I have practiced the basics a bit more

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