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Leather bag workshop - two day Evancliffe Leathercraft workshop

Leather Bag - Students Work

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

Price: £195

Book with: Clive & Wendy Elsdon
at Evancliffe Leathercraft

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.
This workshop will teach you to:

Mark and cut out leather.
Cutting leather to form straps.
Dying vegetable tanned 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. 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.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my two day bag making course. It was a completely different approach from my recent course in Florence and feel it really rounded out my skills. Clive and Wendy are a great team, and run the course with skill and patience, keeping a close eye on us as we acquired and practiced new techniques. I would highly recommend it, and the setting, overlooking the North Pennines is amazing

- - #25231

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for the review. We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop.

Excellent tuition in a lovely setting. Clive and Wendy are tireless in their support, making sure you are comfortable with your work- very positive. I had no experience at all, but came away with something I feel proud of.
I recommend this course wholeheartedly.

- - #25174

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:


Thank you for your review! It was great to see your new bag take shape over the weekend. We are really pleased that you enjoyed the workshop.

This course was amazing. I was a complete beginner and achieved a beautiful bag under expert guidance.
Wendy and Clive, have such good knowledge and really instil confidence.
The spacious work room has a stunning view, and coupled with the peace and tranquility, you come away feeling renewed and rewarded.
I can not recommend this course enough, you will learn so many new skills, meet interesting people.
The biscuits and coffee are good too.

- - #21766

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for the review. We are really pleased you enjoyed tbe bag workshop.

I spent a thorougly enjoyable two days making a leather handbag from scratch. This is now going to be my every day bag and I will be using it with pride.

The tuition was excellent. Both tutors are very experienced leather workers. We were guided through every aspect of the process of making our bags and using the various tools. Through demonstration, gentle advice and lots of encouragement we all produced a very professional-looking bag.

I recommend this course very highly

- - #21058

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for the review Sarah.

Great to know you enjoyed the workshop.

Absolutely brilliant course. Never expected to be able to make a beautiful bag from undyed sheets of leather in 2 days. Wendy and Clive are warm and welcoming and great tutors, keeping everyone on track and responding to individuals needs as we all found different aspects of the work challenging. When I arrived, I thought the fact that there were 2 basic designs might be a bit limiting but this is far from the truth
The 2 bags are very practical designs so can be in daily use, challenging enough to teach a range of skills but able to be completed in the allotted time. The range of dyes and fittings meant we had 4 very different, unique pieces at the end of the weekend.
I would heartily recommend this for anyone who wants to learn how to start working with leather but also to anyone who just wants a fun weekend and a bag they can brag they made themselves.
And its not just for the ladies, one of our group made bag for his interest in botany.

- - #21026

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for your review.

We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop.

All four students this weekend produced excellent and very varied work.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course run by Clive and Wendy and learnt so much in a short space of time. Their expert knowledge was clear to see and I will cherish the bag I produced for years to come!

- - #20571

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for leaving this excellent review. We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop.

This was an amazing, enjoyable and quite intense course, Wendy and Clive are great tutors, the class size was small so everyone and the help and attention they required.
I had never worked with leather before, and am now the proud owner of a hand made leather handbag.
I will definately be continuing to work with leather and am in the process of booking a second course with Wendy and Clive to help me make a bag and belt for re-enactment.
If you have any desire to make your own handbags or leather goods then you could not find better teachers.

- - #20570

Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:

Thank you for leaving this excellent review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the workshop.

We usually limit the class size of this workshop to a maximum of 4 people, so it was actually at capacity. We feel this gives us the opportunity to give everyone the right amount of attention over the two days.

We look forward to seeing you on another workshop soon!

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 29th February 2020

  • Suitable for beginners

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