Leather Journal Workshop


Duration: 10.00 to 4.30

Price: £80

Run by: Alison Warner
at Lynne Friel

07786 405213

Stable 2
The Vine
Stockbridge
Hampshire
SO20 6HF

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About the Course

This is a fun and friendly workshop, suitable for complete beginners. Using upcycled leather we start by making a small (15 x 11cm) 96 page book with an elastic closure. This will introduce you to all the basic bookbinding and leather working techniques. In the afternoon make a larger 120 page journal with a wraparound leather cover which can be designed to take pens or pencils. This book could be closed using a leather tie or incorporating a vintage button.

You’ll go home with two stunning and unique upcycled leather journals and the skills to make more.

In this session we’ll cover:

Finding the grain of paper
Folding the paper to make sections using a bone folder
Making templates for the stitching holes
Using an awl to make the paper holes
Choosing your leather (it will be pre cut)
Using a Japanese Screw Punch to cut holes in the leather
Choosing and waxing your thread
Mastering the ‘Long Stitch’ technique for sewing the sections to the leather
Getting the tension right
Sewing buttons onto leather
Incorporating the features of the recycled leather into your design

Please book this workshop via Alison Warner of Bobbin Sewing School. Please contact Lynne Friel, the tutor, with any queries or just to talk over the content. Lynne can be contacted on 07908 961229 or by email using the button 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?

Everything is provided. However if you have favourit​e paper (max A4), or buttons of sentimental value you would like to use, please bring them along. There will be plenty of upcycled leather and 140gm recycled cartridge paper for you to use, plus a large quantity of vintage buttons to rummage through.

Please bring a packed lunch or you will have time to pop out to a local cafe. Tea, coffee and homemade cake are provided.



Want to review this course?

I do quite a few workshops and this one is one of the very best I have ever done. I have come home with two books made - and of sufficient quality that I can give them as gifts. I was so impressed with my books, I felt as though I was brilliant. What more could one ask? A lovely, relaxed workshop with tea and cake. Both Lynne and Alison were there and both helped me to utilise a piece of enamelware I had made on a workshop elsewhere. I am so grateful that neither minded what a fusspot I was being. (I didn't mean to be, it just turned out that way.) I will be taking forward the things I have learned in this workshop and will try making some books at home. But, for today, the books - fabulous!

- - #16972

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 17th November 2018

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  • Suitable for beginners

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