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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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 !
Jemima Puckett - - #25732
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you so much for the review. It is great to know that you have enjoyed the workshop so much!
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,
Tracey - - #25450
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!
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.
Nathan - - #25332
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for the review. It is great to hrar you had a good time.
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.
Rob Butler - - #25329
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for tbe review. We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop and the view!
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 ????
Bill Ashbee - - #21571
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed tbe belt workshop.
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.
Glad Halton - - #18474
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.
Jimmy atkinson - - #18457
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!
Sarah - - #16156
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 .
Oliver bogle - - #16127
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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