Leather long stitch journal / artist's book (beginners)



This one-day workshop is fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two leather journals (using upcycled or new leather) bound using the long stitch technique, it’s 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. The afternoon book can be closed in a variety of ways, you can keep it simple or let your creativity rip with vintage buttons, ties or beads. At the end of the workshop you’ll go home with two unique leather journals with wraparound covers. They’re perfect as bullet journals, sketchbooks or just for doodling. You’ll have the book making and leather working skills to make more at home – they make great gifts. 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 pre-cut) - 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 There will be a maximum of three people in a workshop.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included and you'll take home a comprehensive set of illustrated notes. With a few simple tools (including a kitchen fork!) you will be able to make more. Good quality cartridge paper is provided but if you have a favourite paper, or a button of sentimental value for the closure, please bring them with you. Kits for an A6 journal are available. There will be plenty of tea/coffee and homemade cake. Please bring a packed lunch. I have a small friendly cat who likes sunning herself in my workshop. If this is a problem please contact me before booking. I have just received my Platinum Award and now have over 80 five star reviews, to see them please click below on 'All reviews for this provider'.


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Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Lynne Friel

with Craft Courses since 2016

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I started by teaching mount cutting, an essential skill for any artist wanting to sell their own work. I taught this for several years for West Sussex County Council. I really enjoy passing on my skills and I've always loved making 'stuff'. It's great when I can take tools and techniques from one area to another, so my next step was to revive my book making skills using upcycled leather. That quickly led to a series of workshops. During lockdown I became fascinated with unusual book forms - especially folding techniques to make concertina bindings and new stitches for books. There is a danger I might disappear under a sea of paper and card ...

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Whyke, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8AY