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

Books piling up, artists' journals, notebooks, recipes or just doodling

About the Course

Due to Corona virus I have decided to cancel all workshops until 2021. I am working my way through the autumn workshop to arrange refunds. I plan to be back to a sort of normal in Jan / Feb 2021.

Meanwhile here is a description in the hope that you can wait that long.
Best wishes and keep well.
August 2020

This one-day workshop is fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You will make two journals from upcycled or new leather 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 will 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. Perfect for use as bullet journals, sketchbooks or just for doodling. You’ll also have the bookmaking and leather working 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.

There will be a maximum of four people in a workshop. I also run private one day workshops, please get in touch to talk this over.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included.

Good quality cartridge paper is provided but if you have a favourite paper or a button of sentimental value please bring them with you. There will be plenty of tea/coffee and homemade cake. Please bring a packed lunch.

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Lynne Friel at Lynne Friel
Westhampnett Road
West Sussex
PO19 7HW
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  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel

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1 day (flexible times to suit)

Next available date

1st April 2021


In-person course
- - #28950

A truly stimulating and fun day. Lynne is a hugely impressive and accessible teacher. Not only does she have huge talent and knowledge herself but she is a natural communicator. Her thorough preparation beforehand ensured that all the materials were ready in front of us, so not a moment of the day was wasted. I am not naturally gifted in the handicraft department but Lynne made sure I succeeded with very clear instructions and helpful notes, so I never felt out of my depth. We all finished the day with each of us having made two beautiful leather bound books - I was so chuffed and couldn't quite believe I'd actually made them. And neither could my daughter when I gave one of them to her.

In-person course
- - #28767

Such an informative day, excellent teacher who structured the day to make sure we all achieved two books. Instructions were easy to follow and a nice relaxed atmosphere to work in. Looking forward to signing up for the intermediate course.
Thank you Lynne

In-person course
- - #28619

I had a fantastic day, thank you Lynne for being so welcoming and kind.
Your such a lovely teacher with lots of colour choices of leather, thread and elastic.
It was such a calm and informative learning experience. I had so much fun. I can’t wait to make more books. Thank you. Lisa

In-person course
- - #28254

A very relaxed and enjoyable course, Lynne is an excellent tutor and presented the course at a good pace and made it fun throughout. Can't recommended this enough. My wife bought this for me as a Christmas present, so seemed only fair to give her one of the two journals I made! Huge thanks to Lynne for such a great course.

In-person course
- - #23034

I had a most enjoyable day yesterday. Lynne is an excellent and patient tutor. I have come home with two lovely leather books - I had to go and give them a little pat this morning, just to make sure I'd not dreamed them up. It was an extremely hot day and Lynne did her utmost all day to make sure that myself and the other student were comfortable, with fans and drink etc. She also provided a delicious home-made cherry cake and we enjoyed a morning break and, having bought along our own lunch, we sat in her pretty secluded garden. I would recommend this course unreservedly.

In-person course
- - #22833

Yet another excellent course from a Platinum Craft Course provider. We do lots of courses and this one is one of the best. We have the journals we made in pride of place in our hall for all to see and couldn’t have done it without Lynne’s careful help. Lots of interesting discussion, really good cake and excellent notes to take away if you want to continue. These notes have to be commended as they are clear complete and helpful. Downside is that we have now started looking at any leather item in a new light, wondering how many covers we could get out of a leather coat in the charity shop for example!

In-person course
- - #22491

This is the second course I have attended with Lynne.I can’t recommend her courses highly enough.
She is an excellent tutor and the day was well planned. The materials were first class, each of us was provided with all the tools and sundries we needed to complete two books and the cake and tea flowed. What more could you want.

The knowledge I gained and the instruction sheet we came away with left me confident that I can pursue this craft at home.

In-person course
- - #21627

Lynn's workshop was such a blast! Really worth investing in the day.
Resources were well prepared and the instructions incredibly clear. The raw materials were plentiful and I was able to make my own choices, and Lynn was there to teach and guide on how they could/should be used. Making two books meant I could keep one and give one away as a handmade gift.

All in all a perfect day. Thank you.

Ps. The cherry cake is superb!

In-person course
- - #20818

Great course taught by a brilliant teacher. Clear instructions throughout with a set of own materials and tools supplied for use. Course moved at a good pace to fit everything in without feeling rushed. Good choice of materials so that your individuality could come through and all journals were different at the end of the day. Great handout given to take away and a follow up email with suppliers details etc. A really nice attentive tutor and good cake, what more could you ask for.

In-person course
- - #20752

A really fun day with Lynne, making 2 books - a small book in the morning and a larger book in the afternoon. The pace of the course was just right and Lynne gave attention to the three of us as we needed it.

As a complete novice, I liked the fact that all the materials, tools etc for the workshops are provided - I've seen some courses where the students are required to bring along various materials / tools, which as I beginner I do not own and don't know if I want to buy until I have completed the course.

Lynne has a vast array of materials available, so it was enjoyable to see the three of us all struggle to choose the materials / colours.

Lynne provided good notes which we took home with us and followed up with an email summarising the day with hints and tips on where to buy materials etc.

If you want to try something new, I would certainly recommend this course with Lynne as an excellent tutor.

Oh and the home-made cake was delicious ;-)

In-person course
- - #20344

A fabulous day with Lynne. Accessible to all, Lynne was patient, kind, enthusiastic and a talented teacher. Thank you

In-person course
- - #20289

A fabulous day spent with Lynn in her lovely home workshop.
Lynn is enthusiastic and encouraging, just the right mix of advice with creative freedoms.
I came home with two wonderful journals, plus the know how and confidence to make more!
The cake was delicious too

In-person course
- - #20192

What an enjoyable day's crafting. Each of us had our own little tool kits to use and every stage was demonstrated and explained clearly. Lynne was great and was able to foresee our choice dilemmas, so kept us on track and plied with tea and cake. It was friendly and relaxed and challenging at the same time. We all managed to finish two beautiful leather bound books; each one was different and all of us were chuffed with the results. Thoroughly recommended!

In-person course
- - #20014

My mum and I went along to Lynne's lovely house in Chichester for the one-day course. Lynne is an excellent teacher, structuring the day perfectly so there is time for learning each skill, cutting and pressing the paper, choosing the leather (that part takes the longest!), and making two notebooks. We were both very proud of our finished books. Each looked very different, since Lynne had encouraged us to be creative with different colours, textures and buttons. Highly recommended!

In-person course
- - #18136

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.

In-person course
- - #17489

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.

In-person course
- - #17301

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!

In-person course
- - #16788

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.

In-person course
- - #16753

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

In-person course
- - #15808

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!

In-person course
- - #15798

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.

In-person course
- - #15544

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.

In-person course
- - #15542

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!

In-person course
- - #15525

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.

In-person course
- - #15381

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.

In-person course
- - #15371

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.

In-person course
- - #14333

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!

In-person course
- - #13711

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!

In-person course
- - #13709

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.

In-person course
- - #13031

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

In-person course
- - #11928

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.

In-person course
- - #11766

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.

In-person course
- - #11727

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!

In-person course
- - #11285

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!].

In-person course
- - #11273

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.

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