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Leather travel journal workshop

Leather travel journal workshop

Duration: One day (10.00am to 4.30pm)

Price: £80

Book with: Lynne Friel
at Lynne Friel

22 Westhampnett Road
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 7HW

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About the Course

This one-day workshop is fun, friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two upcycled leather travel journals, similar to the Midori journals. Each journal contains notebooks which are held in place with elastic cord and can be replaced when full.

The workshop runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm. You will start in the morning by making three notebooks to fit a passport size leather travel journal with a wraparound cover (this will introduce you to all the basic techniques). In the afternoon session you’ll be learning more techniques and constructing a larger and more complex journal than in the morning session.

At the end of the workshop you’ll go home with two unique leather travel journals with wraparound covers and some refills. You’ll 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 paper
Folding the paper to make notebooks using a bone folder
Making templates for the stitching holes
Using an awl to make the paper holes
Sewing the notebooks with pamphlet stitch
Choosing your leather (it will be pre-cut)
Using a Japanese screw punch to cut holes in the leather
Stringing the leather cover with elastic
Making pockets in the journal
Incorporating the features of the recycled leather into your design

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?

All materials are included but if you have a favourite paper please bring it along. There will homemade cake and plenty of tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch.

I have just received my Platinum Award for 50 five star reviews, to see them please click below on 'All reviews for this provider'.

New dates for September 2019 to February 2020 coming soon.



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Had a great few hours with Lynn and learned so much. She was a great tutor and willing to share lots of tips and tricks. Really pleased with the journals I brought home. Inspired to get on and make some more. The cake was yummy too!!

- - #22799

An excellent day - really enjoyable and thrilled with the journals I made. Lynne was a great teacher - explained everything well, provided well set out learning materials and ensured we practised during the day on our own so I’m confident I can make more of them to an equally high standard. She also generously provided delicious cake, which helped us along!

- - #22727

This is the second course I have done with Lynn and as usual this was a great experience. I made 2 journals which I a very pleased with - many thanks Lynn, I had a lovely time - highly recommended.

- - #20960

I thoroughly enjoyed my day, I learnt many new skills and came away with two fine journals. Lynn is a very good teacher, she is observant and made some good suggestions. Thanks to Lynn I will always have a pen attached to my journal.

- - #20954

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Course Start Dates

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


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Weekends

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