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Leather Journal/Artist's Sketchbook - using upcycled leather


Duration: One Day 10.00 to 4.30

Price: £75

Run by: Lynne Friel
at Lynne Friel

07908 961 229

22 Westhampnett Road
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 7HW

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About the Course

Use straightforward bookbinding and leather working skills to make two unique journals from upcycled leather. Great to record your latest masterpiece, or just to doodle. There will a maximum of three people and it is suitable for complete beginners.

Start by folding paper to make the sections for your book and then choose your cover from a range of upcycled leather. The paper sections are sewn into the leather with a distinctive 'Long-Stitch' which gives the dramatic parallel lines on the spine. Use contrasting thread to exaggerate the lines or tone it down with matching thread. Each journal is unique.

In the morning you'll master the basic skills by making a simple A6 book. In the afternoon you'll make a larger (A5) journal with space for pens or pencils. There'll be lots of vintage buttons to rummage through or you may decide to close the book with a leather tie

Go home with two stunning upcycled leather journals or sketchbooks - and the skills to make more.

If you want to give the workshop as a gift I can send an attractive personalised certificate with a free bone folder wrapped in tissue for you to present.

I also run private one day workshops (£196 for 2 people and £216 for 3 people) in Chichester. Please get in touch to talk this over.

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 materials are included. There will be a range of upcycled leather to choose from with a good choice of dark colours. There'll be some coloured leather but I can't specify what as it depends on what I've been able to source.

Good quality cartridge paper (140 gsm) is provided but if you have a favourite paper please bring it with you (max size A4).

There will be plenty of tea/coffee and homemade cake. Please bring a packed lunch.



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A really lovely course and fantastic to be able to make and complete two journals in the day. Very pleased with the end results. Lynne is very patient and enthusiastic and all instructions are clear. A very relaxing day and new skills learnt! Would certainly recommend this course. Thank you Lynne.

- - #18136

Lynne is a fun and capable teacher - she very clearly demonstrates the basics, working at the students pace, as well as providing useful information for working outside the box in one's own time. I came away satisfied, not-too-overloaded, inspired by the success of the day, and keen to find leather to upcycle into Christmas presents. I also very much appreciated the welcome to her home studio, which was warm and inviting with the added bonus of fabulous cake! I would definitely recommend this course for beginners and those who want a fun weekend day getting creative in a new discipline or in company of others.

- - #17489

I spent the day with Lynne on saturday, and what a fab day it was! As soon as I walked in I felt at home and relaxed, Lynne is very welcoming and had all the lovely leathers out ready to choose from. I loved making my two journals (I was even able to select recycled paper and graph paper!) eating the gorgeous homemade cake, and spending time in her beautiful home. I am already planning on going back after christmas to make the travel journal too. A very informative, fun and productive day!

- - #17301

An excellent day. Lynne leads you through the processes in a clear and friendly manner, with lots of inspirational suggestions as you go to make two very individual and personal books. Sharing ideas, laughs and delicious cake made it a great day. Highly recommended.

- - #16788

I could not wait to get going on making a journal and Lynne was so accommodating in fitting me - there were just two of us the day I attended and we had a fabulous day. Lynne was a great teacher, very patient, full of inspiration and tips, she was also open to any ideas and suggestions from us. Plenty of choice of leather colours, thread binding and elastic closures. All in all a wonderful day. Thank you Lynne

- - #16753

I had a wonderful day making my 2 leather journals. Lynne is a great teacher and the setting is beautiful. She is very knowledgeable and has some brilliant ideas. I can highly recommend this course - excellent!

- - #15808

I booked two places on this course as a birthday present for a 'crafty' friend. We both had a great day and went home with two journals which were completely different and individual and of which we were inordinately proud.

Lynne is a wonderful teacher, so patient and accommodating. Let's you do everything yourself but is there keeping an eye out to guide you where needed.

Oh and the homemade cherry cake was delicious.

- - #15798

A perfect course for stationery lovers or for crafters who would like to try something different. Lynne's fun teaching style encourages you to get creative and make a truly unique journal for yourself or as a gift. The leather I used for my journals was originally from leather coats from the 60s & 70s in an array of colours and styles. So, no 2 journals could possibly be the same. Lynne gave thorough explanations and provided hand outs so that I could work and learn at my own pace. There is no rush and if you can't get your head around a technique, Lynne will patiently go through it with you 1 - 1. I also made 2 journals on the one-day course I attended which I thought was real vale for money.

- - #15544

I travelled some way to attend this course, but it was well worth it!
Lynne was very welcoming, hospitable and generous, and I felt very at ease in her home environment!
There was a great exchange and sharing of ideas between tutor and students and it was lovely to be able to do that.
I was really pleased with my achievements on the day, and now I love to pick up and handle the two leather journals that I made!!
The helpful notes and list of suppliers for threads and tools is so useful, enabling me to carry on making!

- - #15542

A really enjoyable day and I'm really pleased with the books I have brought home. Lynne's instructions are very clear, including those on the handout which will enable me to make more books at home. Lynne has endless patience and was very helpful. There was an extensive choice of materials too. I had a great day.

- - #15525

A very enjoyable day, well structured - Lynne explained each stage clearly and was patient if any process required further instruction. I look forward to attending further workshops run by Lynne and based on this day would recommend to anyone.

- - #15381

A very rewarding day. lynne is an excellent teacher. Putting you at ease with her gentle, clear and concise manner. Giving encouragement and help along the way. At the end of the day you have two beautiful books you can be proud of, and enough skills to go home and try again.

- - #15371

My husband and I had a fun day learning to make leather journals with Lynne The whole day was really well structured; allowing progress at our own pace, plenty of timely advice and suggestions and a pause for tea and cake. Lynne's tuition ensured we each completed two different journals during the course, with lots of lovely options to ensure each was truly individual and special.

A lovely day, at a gentle pace that delivered both completed projects and the knowledge to try it again at home. A great course!

- - #14333

Absorbing and rewarding day! Lynne made us very welcome and the small group size meant that we had plenty of individual attention and support. The structure of the day was spot-on, with clear step-by-step demonstrations and illustrated hand-outs so we could go on to make more journals at home if we wished. Everyone had their own set of tools so nobody was held up in a queue! Even the coffee and lunch breaks were placed appropriately between different stages in the process. Plenty of choice of leather, thread and elastic so we could make our books truly personal. The whole structure made it inevitable that we would succeed: brilliant! I've already booked to learn a slightly different technique. Thank you so much, Lynne!

- - #13711

I've just spent a lovely day making two leather journals. Lynne is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher. She uses gorgeous upcycled leather for the project and it was hard to know which piece I would love the most. I learned a lot as Lynne is a very knowledgeable person who explained things very clearly and precisely. I recommend this course to anyone who loves making things.

- - #13709

I cannot rate this course highly enough. Lynne is a superb teacher with so much patience and kindness when sharing her skills. We came away as promised with 2 journals each and we had an amazing memorable day that we are still talking about. If you want to learn something new then this course is wonderful. The cake added to the day as it was delicious and we were made to feel so very welcome. Just a truly remarkable day. Thank you Lynne

- - #13031

A thoroughly enjoyable day. Clear step by step process during which Lynne gives ample individual guidance and encouragement. Amazed to come away with two lovely journals and the confidence to go into production at home. Highly recommend.

- - #11928

A first class course. Really well thought through and organised with clear notes. Lovely to go away with a pair of leather bound sketch books - almost too good to use! Now to do it at home.

- - #11766

Lynne delivers a fantastic workshop using a clear and friendly approach.

Not only do you leave with two gorgeous, tactile, unique journals but you also learn adaptable techniques which will enable you to have a go at home!

- - #11727

Had a wonderful day learning new skills with the fantastic Lynne. She explained everything beautifully and in a simple to understand way. I was so thrilled to have actually made something to take home that looked professional and useful. Great value for money and great hospitality [especially the home-made cherry cake!].

- - #11285

A fantastic day. Lynne is an excellent teacher and the pace of the day is just right. Everything is available and each stage is well explained. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to have a go any a new craft. I can't sing Lynne's praises enough.

- - #11273

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 16th February 2019
Thursday 21st March 2019
Saturday 27th April 2019
Wednesday 29th May 2019
Saturday 29th June 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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