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Leather Bag Workshop - 2 Day Evancliffe Leathercraft Workshop

Duration: 2 days 10am–5:30pm day 1 & 9am–4:30pm day 2

Price: £185

Run by: Clive & Wendy Elsdon
at Evancliffe Leathercraft

01388 526641

19 Holywood
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL13 3HE

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About the Course

Learn to make a hand stitched leather bag in this two day workshop by Evancliffe Leathercraft.
Thisworkshop will teach you to:

Mark and cut out leather.
Cutting leather to form straps.
Dying Veg Tan Leather.
Preparing the leather to be stitched including marking and making the holes for stitching.
Hand stitching leather using the traditional saddle stitch method.
Riveting leather.
Attaching accessories such as D-rings, fasteners, sliders and buckles*.
Burnishing & Applying finish the leather.

Choose from a selection of patterns with the potential to add your own customisation to the bag as well. (* Some items used will depend on the style of bag chosen.)

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?

All leather and tool use is included in the price of the workshop. We include tea, coffee and biscuits in the price however participants should bring their own packed lunch and any snacks / soft drinks you require each day.

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 get in touch.

Accommodation IS NOT included in the price but Evancliffe Leathercraft are members of the Weardale Visitor Network. Many local accommodation providers are listed on their website.

Local Attractions & Accommodation:

Many of our students travel some distance to take part in our workshops and may need to find accommodation for one or two nights locally. Many also remark on how beautiful Weardale is, something that you will see first-hand if you take part in one of our workshops overlooking Weardale.

Evancliffe Leathercraft are members of the Weardale Visitor Network, a partnership of businesses who have a passion and commitment for developing the tourism trade and visitor experience within Weardale.

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.

Want to review this course?

This is the second course I have done with Clive and Wendy, again thoroughly enjoyable pitched at the right level for all on the course. I came away with a beautiful handbag and the skills to be ready for the next adventure. A fantastic weekend, thoroughly recommended again! Thank you

- - #17275

Another excellent course, which was a perfect follow on from the Evancliffe belt-making course earlier in the year. Clive and Wendy are excellent, patient, knowledgeable tutors. I am so thrilled with the bag I made, which was a version of a messenger bag. This course is suitable for beginners or people who have had chance to try leather-work before. Beware, you will be hooked!

- - #17267

I enjoyed this course , Wendy and Clive were very good at imparting information in a relaxed and easy manner, I was able to finish the bag within the time, and took home something that looked good and was very functional. They were also able to supply a list of good Band B's in the area. I left the course with enough skills to start my own project when I got back home.

- - #17253

I enjoyed the course immensely and was delighted with the bag I produced. It was an intense course for me, but in a very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of refreshments. Clive and Wendy were excellent teachers.

- - #17249

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Saturday 30th March 2019
  • Suitable for beginners

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