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Leather journal workshop in Stockbridge, Hampshire

Duration: 10.00 to 4.30

Price: £80

Run by: Lynne Friel
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Stable 2
The Vine
SO20 6HF

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About the Course

This one-day workshop is fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two upcycled leather journals using the long stitch technique which is simple to master and looks stunning (no glue involved).

The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. You’ll start in the morning by making a small A6 book with a wraparound leather cover (this will introduce you to all the basic techniques). In the afternoon session you’ll be learning more advanced techniques and constructing a larger and more complex leather journal.

At the end of the workshop you’ll go home with two unique leather journals with wraparound covers. You’ll also have the bookmaking and leatherworking skills to make more at home.

You’ll learn the following skills during the workshop:

Finding the grain of the paper
Folding the paper to make sections using a bone folder
Making a template and using an awl
Choosing leather (it will be precut)
Using a Japanese screw punch to make holes in the leather
Mastering the dramatic ‘Long Stitch’ sewing technique
Sewing buttons on to leather or making ties
Incorporating the features of the recycled leather into your design

New dates will appear soon but meanwhile please contact Lynne Friel, the tutor. Lynne can be emailed using the "Contact" button above, or go to her website for full contact details (including telephone number).

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?

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 130gsm recycled cartridge paper (or 140gsm cartridge if you prefer) 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.

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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!

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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