About the Course
Williams Handmade offers this One - on - One bespoke leather workshop where you are the only participant so the workshop can be completely tailored to what you would like to learn or make. Whereas all of our other group courses are based on learning hand stitching on the one - on - one workshop it is possible for you to learn how to machine stitch leather. You could also learn how to make patterns for your choice of construction method. If you would like to learn something specific we are happy to discuss what is possible.
Can be suitable for beginners or someone who is more advanced. Can be booked on a day to suit you.
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?
There will be an additional cost for the leather, which will depend on the quantity used, usually costing between £25 - £50.
The price includes a light lunch and unlimited tea and coffee and cakes.
I have just attended a one on one leather workshop whereby I had the opportunity to make a bag of my own design (Sarah also had plenty of excellent designs to chose from).
From the moment of arrival I felt put at ease and the pace of the workshop suited me really well.
I had no prior knowledge of sewing or leather making and I am really thrilled with what I achieved under the skillful eye of Sarah.
I would highly recommend this amazing day which takes place in a lovely workshop in beautiful countryside and you get a cracking lunch and coffee as well.
Cannot wait to start using my unique bag!
Shelly McLean - - #17444
I had a wonderful day with Sarah making a rucksack style handbag.
I had great communication before the day (which was a Christmas present) from Sarah asking about likes and dislikes, colours, what kind of thing I was interested in making etc.
Sarah even offered to get in leather of a colour that I wanted (if I knew what colour I wanted before the day) so that I could make in a colour of my choice. I didn't know what colour I wanted, so gave her my favourite colours and she had all of them available on the day. I can't remember exactly how many colours of leather were availbale on the day, but it was more than 10, probably closer to 20.
Sarah was interested to learn what type of thing I wanted to make and asked me to email her pictures. So I sent her ones of the type of rucksack style handbag that I liked and ones I didn't like with some notes, so that she knew which bits I liked/dislisked and why.
The workshop space was lovely, tidy, roomy and light filled. It was a lovely space in which to work.
It was quite obvious Sarah was used to teaching people with a wide range of skills and quickly adapted her instruction and style to match my skill level. Her work as a university lecturer, combined with her nature, has given her the skills to set people at ease and take away any fears and make it a very enjoyable experience.
Lunch was lovely - bread rolls filled by Sarah, cakes, fruit and crisps. Tea/coffee/squash/water. Biscuits available if wanted at morning and afternoon break times, along with drinks.
I have already told my husband he can buy me another workshop with Sarah any time he likes as I enjoyed myself so much.
I would highly recommend the 1:1 workshop day with Sarah.
Sally Rowney - - #14322
I attended a one to one workshop with Sarah recently and it was brilliant! I had been on a previous course with Sarah, the half a day course, which was also fantastic and decided I had to come back to learn more and the one to one course Sarah provides was just what I wanted.
Sarah was very informative and helpful, her knowledge is immense but with this she does not make things overtly complicated ensuring you have enough information to make what you want and in the process learn what you want too. By the end of the day I had made a fantastic bag which I love, and the skills to practice myself with leather work. I would recommend attending a course to anyone.
jodie wingham - - #14298
Response from Williams Handmade:Thanks Jodie, you did a great job on your bag, looking forward to seeing what you make next, thanks Sarah
I travelled from Scotland to do 2 days one to one workshops with Sarah and can honestly say it was absolutely worth the journey. Sarah was patient and really open when teaching. I feel like I've learned loads of new skills that I'll use at home as well as making 3 beautiful bags over the 2 days.
The workshop is situated in a beautiful area. I'd definitely like to do come back for another workshop and would highly recommend Sarah's workshops to anyone from a total beginner or like me who has dabbled a little bit with making bags but wants to improve and learn new skills.
Kelly - - #14126
Response from Williams Handmade:Thank you Kelly, it was lovely to meet you, I hope to see you again at some point, Thanks Sarah
A brilliant , well organised day. Very inspiring for me to do more leatherwork. Sarah is very knowledgable and happy to share her ideas and skill.
Bruce Scholfield - - #10271
I attended this course earlier in the year and had a great weekend. Sarah was a encouraging and informative tutor, guiding all the students to make a finished hand stitching leather bag by the end of the weekend and I was absolutely thrilled with my bag which I use everyday. The course is held in a beautiful workshop in a converted school house, surrounded by countryside. I will be definitely recommend the course to friends and I would love to do another course with Sarah.
Eva Tomkins - - #6623
Just completed a weekend course with Sarah and three others. Great course, Sarah is an excellent teacher as well as being a great leather worker. On the first day we learnt a lot about leather and leather construction and some good basic skills to get us started. Then we all chose a bag style to suit ourselves and by the end of the weekend had a really practical and useful bag to take home with us together with enough skills to enable us to carry on our new hobby at home. Set in a beautiful part of the country and with a great complimentary lunch each day we were well looked after and I highly recommend this course.
Gerry - - #6528
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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