Introduction to Leatherwork – Belt Making Workshop
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About the Course
Join Clive & Wendy Elsdon of Evancliffe Leathercraft in this Introduction to Leatherwork Course.
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 veg tan 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.
For more information please email via the contact form above.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The price includes tuition, use of the tools , the leather for the belt and a buckle. We also provide Tea & Coffee. Please bring your own lunch and any soft drinks / snacks you require. Bring your own apron for dying if you wish, or wear clothes that don't matter.
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.
Jon Bailey - - #14546
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.
John - - #14532
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.
Marianne Langley - - #14487
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 :-)
Chris Battye - - #14484
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.
Val Robinson - - #12799
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.
Ian - - #11226
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.
Gary Lawson - - #10327
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.
David Billett - - #8542
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
Phil Corless - - #6275
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Course Start DatesSaturday 28th July 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018
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