Make a Leather Journal/Artist's Sketchbook
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About the Course
Use straightforward bookbinding and leather working skills to make two unique journals using recycled leather. Great to whip out when you want to make notes, do a sketch, jot down a recipe or for special thoughts. There will a maximum of four 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 up-cycled 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 up-cycled 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 and a bone folder wrapped in tissue for you to present. I can also run a private workshop for your group (£196 for 2 people and £216 for 3 people, for the day in Chichester). Please get in touch to talk these over.
The July workshop is now full, please contact me to go on the waiting list. Spaces available from August.
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 up-cycled leather to choose from with a good choice of browns and black. There'll be some coloured leather but I can't specify what as it depends what I've been able to source.
Paper provided but if you have a favourite please bring it with you (max size A4).
Please bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee and homemade cake are provided.
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.
Siobhan Balfour - - #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!
Julie Gooddy - - #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.
Ros Wakeford - - #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.
Lynn Stephens - - #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.
Karen Foulkes - - #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!
Jo and Richard - - #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!
Wendy Jago - - #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.
Beatrice - - #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
Alison & Peter Woodman - - #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.
Chris Parkes - - #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.
Charles Harries - - #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!
Eve Chalcraft - - #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!].
Penny Gould - - #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.
Gail Newman - - #11273
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Course Start DatesSaturday 7th July 2018
Saturday 11th August 2018
Thursday 6th September 2018
Saturday 6th October 2018
Saturday 10th November 2018
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