Come along and make a contemporary leather saddle bag in a day!
On the course you will learn about different types of leather and how to select the right type for your bag. You will work from a fixed sized and shaped template for your medium sized saddle bag but you will get to choose your leather and thread colour as well as learning how to make and attach an adjustable shoulder strap.
If time allows, you may also emboss your initials onto the bag for that personal touch! Please contact me when booking to discuss your requirements. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.
Maximum 2 people at my Surrey studio.
As my classes are very small I can usually be pretty flexible with dates so please get in touch to arrange a suitable date. Discounts are offered for two people booking together.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools and materials, tea & coffee and light refreshments are provided, with a range of colours to choose from.
There is a cafe next door for lunch or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
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I was given this belt making course as a Christmas present and thoroughly enjoyed it. I left with a really useful and personalised addition to my wardrobe. Make the effort to have a go yourself.
I’m thrilled with the book as it’s not possible to attend a class. The book is set out very clearly; makes all the projects accessible and interesting. I’m very much a beginner but looking forward to making my way through the book especially as all the projects are very appealing!
My Dad and I did the one day workshop with Rosanna. We had a lovely day, learning and doing different techniques. We were really pleased with what we made; the items looked great! The workshop setting was great, the cafe provided the best, freshly cooked food. So glad we went. Can highly recommend the workshop and Rosanna. Just go for it!
My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed our full day with Rosanna.
It ticked every box 😁
Rosanna is very friendly, very patient and knowledgeable.
She taught us about leather, the tools and the basic skills needed to get started on this new hobby.
We enjoyed it so much, we immediately signed up for another class to learn more
Great time doing the half day leather craft workshop with Rosanna, she was very knowledgeable, informative and patient!
If you are looking to get the basics of leather craft in a relaxed informal environment then I highly recommend this half day session, it was excellent.
Thank you Rosanna.
The course was absolutely brilliant and it was lovely having time with my dad for his birthday doing something he had never tried before! We are both very crafty people so it was extremely interesting and enjoyable to learn about a new craft. Rosanna is lovely and inviting and explains everything very clearly. My dad and I both had a fantastic time!
It is the skills of the tutor that makes or breaks a course like this; Rosanna was patient, calm and thorough yet clearly excited by what she does - a really superb teacher. She talked us through the skills we needed, gave us lots of tips for continuing to use them at home and tailored the day to our wants and needs. Her workshop is an inspiring space and she is very definitely an inspiring woman. We had a really lovely day and I am completely delighted with the things I made.
This was a great introduction to leatherwork and in half a day I made items I was really pleased with, and got a taste for wanting to learn and do more. Rosanna is a great teacher; explains things well, is very patient, and forgiving of mistakes. The venue in Smithbrook kilns is perfect for small groups and even on a roasting hot August day it was cool inside and a lovely environment, which also made it a great experience.
Great course, I had a lovely time, learnt a lot and came away with some really useful items. I went with a view to learn about tools, techniques and general how to, which I got in abundance as well as a lot of fun. Rosanna is lovely, a great teacher, v patient and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this course as a gift for those wanting an interesting day out or to those that are beginning leather crafting. Five stars.
I attended the half day leather working course, and was able to make three items; a card pocket which I was able to emboss with my initials, a glasses case also embossed and a keyring.
This course was a great introduction to leather working, and I enjoyed learning about the different types of leather and how to use the tools, and to end the session with three good looking items that I had made myself, was very rewarding.
I highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in learning about working with leather.
Highly recommend this leather laptop case course. Had a fabulous day in great surroundings with a fully equipped studio. Rosanna is friendly and very knowledgeable and helpful. Very pleased with the bespoke laptop case which I made and will be able to use in my every day in my work.
The course is suitable for all levels and with Rosanna helping you with all the techniques you need. Lots of choices for colours of leather and thread with finishing touches for personalising your case. Lots of other interesting things can be made here too by the looks of it.
Whether you are looking for an experience day or wanting to make a bespoke gift for someone or yourself I highly recommended Rosanna’s leather stitching courses! David
Rosanna's full day leather workshop was a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Coming to the table with no experience of the leather craft whatsoever, I left with a selection of accomplished pieces and a level of confidence to be able to continue to enjoy this hobby in the future. Rosanna has created a comprehensive agenda for the day workshop which enables one to see and understand the core basics of the craft and yet, at the same time, if you were more experienced you could easily expand your skillset further under her guidance. I will definitely be booking another course with Rosanna!
I had a superb day with Rosanna and would highly recommend a leather craft course to anyone thinking about it. I took home the items that I made on the day and was very pleased with the results, so I will now be buying all the necessary tools to start my new hobby. Rosanna is an excellent teacher, with lots of patience and exceptional knowledge of leather craft. Many thanks once again!
I recently attended one of Rosanna’s 2 day workshops where she expertly guided me through dismantling a preloved leather jacket to create a stunning tote. Not only did I gain valuable skills and knowledge, create a wonderful upcycled handbag but I also made a new friend. I am so grateful to Rosanna for generously sharing her knowledge, having abundant patience and for being so inspiring.
What a great present, my wife bought me this course to give me some experience and confidence in sewing with leather. The two days covered a lot of different techniques, all excellently explained and demonstrated by Rosanna, in a good environment. I would highly recommend this course for someone looking to take up bag making, or leatherwork requiring stitching, or zips. I would certainly look to do another course with Rosanna, which I look forward to. Thanks for a great two days Rosanna.
This was a fantastic course and I would say one of the best craft courses I have been on. Rosanna was very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed her calm but very detailed approach to leather teaching. It was a very relaxing day and my dad and I didn't want to go home as we enjoyed it so much! We couldn't stop talking about how much we loved it on the way home. I would definitely recommend this course and it is great value for money considering what you learn and make. The course was a gift for my dad for Xmas, as he wants to pursue leather making but after completing this course, I too will continue to make some leather accessories at home.
A friendly, at-your-own-pace workshop that provides both the detail to have given me the itch to try out leather crafting on my own, and a few quality items to takeaway as proof that I can actually do it.
Highly recommended if you're looking for a new thing to try out, it's a day well spent.
I joined Rosanna's 2 day course to refine my cutting and external bag stitching skills. I learnt so much more. Being mostly self taught, Rosanna diplomatically helped me to correct some of my bad habits and helped me to learn more about when to interface a bag and with what strength of interfacing.
I made a two tone lined saddle bag which I am very pleased with, especially the professional quality of the strap. I have more confidence to cut my own patterns and experiment with using different leathers. I also learnt some handy hints from my fellow student for the 2 days whilst she was, with Rosanna's help, making an upcycled bag.
Rosanna is clear in her instructions, patient and supportive - a great course.
What a wonderful introduction to something I had never done before and in such a nice setting. Rosanna offers teaching with such care and clear knowledge of the subject of ‘work with leather’ that the time seems to fly by and I when home with my completed laptop case knowing I had spent a very enjoyable few hours. I would recommend this course and teacher to everyone.
Rosanna offers a unique and personable service. I was lucky enough to be in a class of only myself and one other person and it meant the workshop was extremely productive with fantastic one to one tuition to give me a great springboard into the hobbling world of leather craft. Rosanna is very warm and welcoming with tremendous and admirable experience in leather craft. Having spent the day with her I feel very equipped to start my own projects and enjoyed my day very much - as well as being able to take away the fruits of my labour that I made under Rosanna’s very capable supervision. The cafe next door is a real bonus and provides a delicious lunch and the workshop is situated on a lovely little estate filled with all sorts of crafts and artisan shops to poke your head into, but the real gem here is the workshop on offer from Rosanna. A perfect gift for anyone crafty or wanting a gateway into Leatherwork, I cannot speak highly enough of this one day workshop!
HIGHLY recommended indeed and I hope to be back soon to do her bag making course. Don’t miss out!
We had a wonderful day and learned many techniques, we are really pleased with the items we created.
Very enjoyable ,informative day with surprising amount achieved.
Rosanna very well equipped and prepared and a very patient teacher. My husband made his own tool roll and with hindsight and now knowing what is possible if I attended again I would make my own project within that time.Lovely setting and good cafe. A lovely Christmas present,thank you Kate and thank you Rosanna for a really interesting productive intro to leatherwork.
A thoroughly enjoyable day - Rosanna really looked after us with her professional support and advice and tailored the course so that we could make something really special. It was a lovely, relaxed environment and we learnt so much. Fabulous!
I have enjoyed this course very much, in particular I have appreciated Rosanna’s excellent skills and easy to follow instructions. The Studio is a nice friendly environment, which is ideal to allow creativity to blossom. I have been thinking of taking a leather course for a long time and I am really glad I did it.
I had a really enjoyable day with Rosanna on her one day course, I learnt a huge amount which has now given me the confidence to try more leatherwork in my own and I have already ordered the basic tools to start with. I was able to make a lot of the projects on my list and learn a lot about the variety of leathers and their uses. I also used a wide variety of tools and learn how to insert poppers, rivets, Sam Browne studs and zips, I also learnt some decorative skills and embossing, it was a very full day and I loved every minute. Rosanna is a great teacher, patient, flexible and inspiring and she has instilled the confidence in me to go further, so thank you
I attended the full day workshop where at the end of the day I made 4 items learning new skills with every item. Rosanna was very informative and was happy to share her skills and knowledge. The day has encouraged me to continue to do leather work at home. Thank you, Rosanna
Just spent a lovely couple of days at Rosanna's studio in Cranleigh. With Rosanna's help I made a bespoke outdoors backpack for my Husband's birthday, which he absolutely loved! I learnt a lot over the two days - enough to have a go at a few small projects at home now. My 10 year old daughter came with me on the second day and she absolutely loved it. Rosanna taught her how to make a few items which she was over the moon with and great activity for her during the school holidays. She has already said she would love to go back again another time. Thank you Rosanna, we both really enjoyed it!
What an amazing productive day. Rosanna shared her wealth of knowledge and expertise in a lovely relaxed manner in a perfect environment. I came away having learned some new skills which I look forward to exploring further. I would recommend Rosanna’s courses if you want to learn something new or even hone some existing skills. Thank you for a fabulous day.
My mum and I attended the two day leather bag making workshop. We really enjoyed our two days with Rosanna. She’s a great teacher, very patient and helped us create two beautiful leather bags exactly to our requirements. We learnt lots of new skills and techniques and were utterly absorbed in the world of leather bags. We would highly recommend this course!
A really great day. The venue is lovely with a great cafe around the corner and the course was really good fun.
I thought with my level of skill I would be unlikely to go much beyond punching a few holes into leather but with Rosanna’s excellent and patient guidance I was able to produce some pieces that I am really proud of.
I would recommend this to everyone, great day out.
We had the most fantastic time at Rosanna Clare's Leather workshop. The instruction was brilliant and we produced a number of amazing pieces. We are looking forward to going back and doing another one of Rosanna's courses.
I attended the two day bag making course. I enjoyed every minute. Rosanna is a great teacher with outstanding skills. I left with a bag that was designed from scratch, which I haven't finished showing off yet, and a new hobby. If you are thinking about doing the course... do it! x
I did a two day leather bag workshop with Rosanna and had a lovely experience!
Her studio is easy to access with parking and there is a nice cafe in the courtyard.
We started the day exploring different designs for my bag - Rosanna is very good at interpreting and visualising ideas with very practical and constructive comments. She helped me with measurements for pattern cutting which is an interesting step in connecting the 3d and 2d object.
Making accessories on the bag was also very interesting, where Rosanna taught me how to choose and fit buckles, rivets and make the shoulder strap. She also taught me how to use the sewing machine on leather. I really appreciate all the problem solving effort from her to rescue the bag from my mistakes.
I am very happy with my handmade bag and will visit her again in the future to make a second one with different design!
What a lovely day. Really enjoyable and I came away with items that I am using every day. Rosanna is a wonderful teacher and offers a lovely studio to learn in. I learned a lot more than I thought I would and it was so nice to do something so different from what my Wednesdays usually offer. Highly recommended.
I had a great time on the course, Rosanna was very welcoming and patient.
I learnt a lot more than I thought possible in only 1 day.
I'd recommend this course to anybody!
I have just done the one-day course with Rosanna and thoroughly enjoyed it. She made it very interesting and easy to follow, and being able to make four small things in a day really gave me a good idea of some of the basics of leather work. Sore fingers the next day from plying two needles at the same time but it was worth every minute for a day spent with a fascinating craft and a lovely lady teaching it!! For anyone wanting to have a go at something different and very absorbing I thoroughly recommend Rosanna's course.
Ruth Grint - 10 April 2019
Response from Rosanna Clare:Hi Ruth,
Very great experience making a leather bag with a professional London artist. Rosanna is very patient, I enjoyed the course over two lovely days in her cosy workshop. It was my first time ever making a bag, and it turned out very well.
Thank you Rosanna.
Excellent day, in which we were all allowed to work comfortably at our own pace. A very solid introduction to leatherworking, and I definitely now feel able to continue on my own. Rosanna is an excellent instructor, her workshop is a lovely space to be in, and she made us feel immediately at ease. The whole day was fun, enjoyable and therapeutic. Would definitely recommend - thank you!
I had no previous experience in leatherwork, and I have to say, this course was amazing! Rosanna was very helpful and very good in explaining things. After this course I have enough confidence to start with my own little projects. I would recommend this course to anyone! Thank you very much Rosanna, I had an amazing day!
I absolutely loved the one-day leather workshop and was thrilled with the items I made. Rosanna was an excellent teacher, very patient and encouraging. I feel inspired to continue with this hobby and will definitely come back to learn how to make a bag!
Excellent day. Amazed at the number of items I managed to make.
Rosanna is a great instructor - the day was very informative and relaxed.
Will be returning!
A thoroughly enjoyable morning spent with Rosanna learning about leather and the various techniques that I was to use. I was able to choose which items I wanted to make as well as the colour and type of leather from a huge selection. Very pleased with the end results and highly satisfying! I would thoroughly recommend this course .. I just did a half day but would have loved more time to make more things!
I must say that the whole one day course was a great pleasure and surprised myself how much I learned in such a short period, not having been involved in leatherwork ever. It has inspired me to buy the essential tools so that I can continue work in this craft. Rosanna was delightful and made for a most pleasurable day. I would advise anyone thinking of being involved in any of the classes to think no more and just do it - you won't be disappointed.
I highly recommend this course and Rosanna is a delight to work with. I learned new techniques to add to my self-taught dabbles which was perfect for me. Rosanna takes you through basics and you end up being able to produce really nice items. I was the only participant on the day so I had one-to-one tuition and the time just seemed to fly by! Excellent.
We had a great morning with Rosanna! Has definitely sparked a new hobby, such a relaxing and forfulling activity! Love the look of our hand stitched items, beautiful quality and so much choice. Definitely considering getting Rosanna’s book, she’s a great teacher and host!
What a fantastic two day course!
RIght from the word go, I was totally absorbed in the world of bag making.
Roseanna was so knowledgeable, organised, approachable, explained skills and how to use the equipment clearly, you had space to think for yourself and time to work at your own pace; an excellent teacher.
Friends and family were seriously impressed with the end result.
I would highly recommend this course.
I had an excellent two days with Rosanna, designing and making my own bag. Rosanna is very knowledgeable and patient and a great teacher.
I am very pleased with my finished result and even had enough time left to learn hand stitching and make a small purse.
I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to make something bespoke and hope that I will be back again someday to try something else.
Thank you so much Rosanna!
I booked a day course with Rosanna for my husband and I to try out leather working. We had a lovely day. Rosanna is a great teacher and made us very welcome. We made 5 pieces each and are really pleased with them. We learned enough to be able to carry on at home. Highly recommended.
My husband and I did this for our third wedding anniversary. It was so lovely to meet Rosanna and spend some time learning from her...In fact I enjoyed it so much I’ve decided to get some tools and have a go at home!
It was a brilliant morning, Rosanna is very welcoming and a great teacher. I was really happy with the lovely purses I made, as well as a card holder gift for my dad for Father’s Day!
I enjoyed a great one day workshop with Rosanna on Saturday. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable way to spend a day and productive too! I made 5 items and didn’t ever feel rushed or under pressure. It’s amazing what you can achieve with a great teacher. I’d highly recommend Rosanna’s courses.
I had a great day with Rosanna. She Is a great teacher & made sure each of us was kept busy during the day. I came away from the workshop with a clutch of leather goods which I’m very proud of and that look professional. If you book one of Rosanna’s workshops you won’t be disappointed!
I had a two day workshop. Rosanna was so lovely, helpful and informative. I made a two tone shoulder bag, with zipped pockets inside and out, in one and a half days! For the other half day I had time to hand sew a purse. So much fun. I would definitely recommend these courses. Thank you Rosanna. X
A most enjoyable way to spend the day, Rosanna provides fantastic instruction in helping to craft some great items we will enjoy using. Learned a lot on a day that seemed to fly by. Would highly recommend.
I would gladly recommend this course to anyone interested in arts and crafts. I booked the full day course as a birthday surprise to my wife who is an experienced seamstress but inexperienced in working with leather; nevertheless with our tutor's guidance she was able to make a beautiful bag. I myself have no experience in working with materials, but benefiting from Rosanna's experience and her excellent teaching skills, I was able to fashion a leather case for my tablet computer. I would like to thank Rosanna for her patience and expertise, the relaxed manner she has meant that we thoroughly enjoyed the day and have even talked about attending another of her courses in the future; we are both looking forward to the release of her book later in the year. Steven and Rudo
Booked the 1 day workshop course for me and my wife's 3rd wedding anniversary. We had a brilliant day Rosanna was a laid back yet hands on tutor working with everyone at there own pace and giving guidance when needed. The range of items you could make was excellent along with the vast quantity and colours of leather so you could tailor make things to your want. If you are wanting to do a leather course then I would highly recommend hers
I signed on to the 1 day course with Rosanna and was a complete novice. Can't be more positive about the course, venue or approach teaching that Rosanna takes. Really relaxed environment and while there is a good structure to the day (progress from basic to some more advanced techniques), Rosanna is more than happy to deviate if someone has a specific interest or query. You even walk away with a few projects that are actually "usable"! Thanks again Rosanna, lovely to meet you and best of luck with future events and courses :)
Really enjoyed the day and made a fab bag to boot. Learnt a lot from the friendly and talented Rosanna.
Workshop was easy to find and well equipped.
What a fab day! The course was paced exactly to meet our needs and with 4 people there we were all able to work at our own speed on different projects. Rosanna had a wide range of project ideas for us to choose from and a huge choice of leather colours ensuring we all came away with unique products to be proud of. I am fully inspired and ready to start my own projects with a new range of skills in place. Thanks Rosanna!
I had a fantastic day ! Rosanna made us all feel very welcome from the get go. Encouraged us to be experimental with our own projects/ideas. Wasn’t phased by the quantity we wanted to make( I made 6items ) Rosanna was extremely patient and friendly. Her workshop/ retail outlet is beautifully located ! Would recommend this course whole heartedly. I attended the One Day course. Many Thanks Rosanna I will definitely be booking again.
What a great morning with the lovely Rosanna.
I made some great handles to enhance my willow baskets and my husband made us some cases for our glasses and straps for the binoculars. Tailor made for us, it was perfect. Many thanks and I am dreaming up the time to come and make my own back pack.
I bought this course as a Xmas gift for my husband. We both attended and we had a really great day. Rosanna is a really good teacher telling us about the different types of leather, basic material required, hand stitching and machine sewing method, where to provide the required items if we wanted to continue... She had prepared examples of objects we could make, suggesting we would be able to do 4/5 during the day. She is full of ideas to help you personalize everything really making it feel special. We ended up making 2 card holders, a wallet, a purse, a pencil case and a tray. For his last item my husband was able to go off the list and make a sleeve for his laptop fully home made! He was very proud of himself, best xmas gift ever! Thank you Rosanna.
I contacted Rosanna about helping me construct a pattern and teach me the skills needed to sew a heavy duty canvas and leather tote bag.
Having never used a sewing machine before I was a bit apprehensive of whether or not I'd be able to produce a good product, Rosanna was such a good teacher, I never felt out of my depth. Everything was explained very well, and when the bag started coming together I was so happy with how it turned out!
I have come away from the course with much more confidence about making these bags in the future. After we finished the bag we had some time remaining so Rosanna helped me hand tool a leather notebook holder and knife sheath. Hand tooling leather wasn't something I was originally interested in but after learning the skills I now have some products I can make using scraps of leather I have left over!
I am so chuffed to bits with what I've gained from the course and it was certainly worth every penny!
I have just done a days course at Rosanna’s workshop, I started as a complete beginner but with Rosanna’s excellent teaching and guidance I made five leather work pieces which included a pencil case, browband and a dog collar!
I highly recommend this workshop, very informative and relaxing, while Rosanna provides all information to help you start up your new hobby! I had a wonderful day, thank you :)
I would highly recommend Rosanna's full day leather workshop. I had a delightful day making items with different skills. Rosanna is a friendly and patient tutor who guided us in details. There are many resources on the Internet which acts like a "tutor". However, what valuable is experience, especially with the fact that different people have different difficulities in learning a thing. Rosanna is really a great tutor who is enthusiastic in telling us tips to make our handcrafts better.
I would highly recommend this course. Rosanna is a great teacher, she is patient and super friendly. We had great fun on the full day course and made 4 lovely items to take away.
I attended one of Rosanna’s full day leather workshops and had a great day! It was a wonderful hands on class. Rosanna was an encouraging and informative teacher and made the day really enjoyable. I came away with my completed projects of which I am very pleased!
Thank you for a fabulous day, I am sure to be back!
What a great way to spend a morning with my teenage son. We both enjoy making things and courses are excellent for learning about a craft. The half-day course with Rosanna certainly exceeded my expectations. I wanted to make myself a leather wallet, learn saddle stitching and enjoy time with my son. All three outcomes were achieved with Rosanna's highly effective teaching and positive personality. She quickly adapted to what we both wanted and offered clear and helpful advice. Her tuition was easy to follow and the results achieved were more professional than I would have thought possible. I would happily attend another one of her workshops and highly recommend her to those who want to learn how to make leather goods in a positive, enjoyable and very friendly environment.
My girlfriend treated me to the full day leather craft workshop for my birthday. I'm so glad she chose Rosanna's course because it was a delightful day. Rosanna has a great combination of leathering and teaching skills which makes the day informative and relaxed. There are a number a items you can choose to make, I made a card and passport holder which I personalised and dedicated to my girlfriend. If you are interested in leather craft as a hobby or perhaps a business venture, this course is definitely a great place to start. Thank you Rosanna!
Would really recommend this course to anyone who is starting out and wants to learn the skills & techniques involved with leather work.
Rosanna was extremely patient, attentive, knowledgable and all around a lovely person. We're very happy with the items we made. She provided a great selection of leathers and templates. We're eager to book in another class to tackle a harder project.
What a fun day in such an inspiring studio!
Tierney & Maddison
A very informative day, in a charming workshop. Rosanne gave constructive and excellent instruction - we managed to make several pieces each, and I’m really happy with what I made - am now keen to pursue this craft further. Rosanne is an inspiration, and her work is delightful - I hope to join another of her workshops in the future.
Very enjoyable and informative day. I was able to ask any questions I had about methods,tools etc. Friendly supportive environment without being over supervised. Rosanna obviously knows her stuff. I was surprised at how many useful pieces I made.
well designed course.
I found it both pleasantly enlightening and encouraging as a complete novice with an interest but having never done any leather work.
By the end of the course I has made a glasses case, a business card holder & a purse / wallet.
Rosanna was very patient and informative and I came away very happy and will be carrying on further with leather craft now that I've had a good insight.
Rosanna is an excellent teacher and host and the environment and facilities for the workshop are great.
I went along with a pre-planned idea of what I wanted to do and after being taught how to set out a stitch a card holder, Rosanna was only too happy to get the card out and start making a completely new template for what I wanted to do. However, it wasn't just done for me and I was encouraged and helped to produce the template to do my project.
At the end of the day, I produced three items that I am quite proud of and although I went up to the wire at the end of the day to get completed, there was never any hint of needing to get a move on. I would highly recommend the experience and I shall be buying some tools to do some work for myself too!
The course was such fun and Rosanna (and her mother) delightful! We learned and made far more than we thought possible in a day, and Rosanna is an exceptional teacher.
Many thanks indeed and we will definitely be booking another course soon. Highly recommended.
*Genuinely Great Day - Highly Recommend for all levels*
From booking the course to answering queries and reminders after completion, Rosanna was really helpful, personable and attentive.
Booking the course was easy and pain free (not like other courses I have previously tried to book on), correspondence and directions to the venue were easy to follow, coherent and accurate.
Location was great, a studio workshop full or exciting tools, inspiration and examples of previous work. The best environment to get those creative juices flowing!
The course itself was really informative. Rosanna shared tricks of the trade, best practice, offered advice on how to do what I had previously been doing in a safer and less time consuming way. I really did learn a lot about what I had previously been doing and what I was going to do. Rosanna tailored the course to my experience and the learning's were relevant to what I wanted to achieve from the day.
Continues tea and biscuits along with a home prepared lunch kept me fuelled for the day.
I left innovated, inspired and excited about the things I had made and cant wait to put learnings into practice! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the course for all levels as it can be tailored to strengths, wants and needs.
Had a fab day. Rosanna was so welcoming and taught me many new skills. She was very informative and was very patient with me. Very happy with the three items I made for my first attemlt at this craft. Looking forward to doing another one soon. Cant wait for her book to be published.
Thankyou again andunch was great too.
Rosanna could not have been more friendly, patient and informative. It was great to get out of London for the day in the countryside studio. I spent the day working on 2 items which you can take away with you. I learnt a great deal and Rosanna was able to advise on all things leather and it was great fun spending the day there. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn a new hobby or for someone who wanted to eventually make products on their own. Thanks!!
I'd give this course 6 stars if I could!
Rosanna is a superb tutor and this day flew past, leaving me with tons of knowledge and new skills and a handful of leather items that look professionally made - friends were stunned to hear I'd made them that day with my own hands!
I couldn't recommend Rosanna and this course highly enough. I turned up at her studio in Kent with no experience with leather at all, and have gone away with the ability to make hand-stitched items at home, and experience with sewing leather on an industrial machine too. The course covered cutting, gluing, lining, adding rivets and fastenings, tools and suppliers too, and all with good insights and great conversation.
If you have any interest in leather, or just like making stuff, then give this course a go, you won't be disappointed!
For anyone considering taking the 2 day bag making course I would definitely recommend it! I enjoy learning new skills whenever possible, I have been on many courses for a variety of experiences, but this course has made my top 3 due to being such a personalised experience. From the start, the syllabus was not only about how to construct a bag, but focused on how to bring to life something from my imagination, with the strategical knowledge and enlightenment of a professional who could think around potential pitfalls and be creatively involved with me. I think this approach is extremely successful as by joining in & discussing all options with Rosanna, I was able to better understand the mechanics of making a bag. Not only do I feel confident enough to practice a project by myself, I feel confident to make other items that we didn't create, purely because I was taught me more than just a baseline template, Rosanna taught me the intelligence behind the shapes and the development sequence.
Thank you Rosanna for a lovely weekend :-)
We booked a day with Rosanna to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary which is traditionally named 'leather'. By the end of the day we had made a wonderful set of unique leather gifts for each other which will be a lovely reminder of a brilliant day. Rosanna is a very good teacher and made us feel instantly at home, in fact at lunchtime the whole family made us feel very welcome as we sat and chatted over delicious homemade quiche. We will be showing off our handiwork and recommending this to all our friends.
Thank you Rosanna.
A lovely morning spent with Rosanna in her Kent workshop. Great experience and love what we made! Would highly recommend.
Absolutely brilliant course and teacher. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and really pleased with the card holder and tassel we made. I can't believe how quickly we got it all done. Rosanna is a great teacher and just made it all so easy and straightforward. Oh dear, now I have another craft I want to pursue.
I had a brilliant time at the workshop; Rosanna was so patient and cheerful, and we seemed to get a lot done in only a few hours. I can't believe how good the things I made look, and it's so lovely to have something unique and made by hand.
Had such a lovely time on this course. Rosanna is an excellent tutor and we were so pleased with our creations. Was a relaxing environment to enjoy some crafting, would really recommend
I had a great day at the Full Day Leather Workshop run by Rosanna.
Rosanna was a great instructor and provided insights and guidance throughout the day. As someone who is not crafty, Rosanna made me feel at ease with all of the tools and instruments. Rosanna explained what each tool, instrument and machine did and how it was used.
I came away with the knowledge to start leather making as a hobby; from hand and machine stitching to gluing, studs and fastenings, templates and embossing. Rosanna provided further information and a store list of where she buys her leather and tools.
I was able to choose what I made and the leather I used, with lots of different colours available to suit each person's style. The day flew and I made a business card holder, cuff, purse (love the lining), luggage tag, and key fob. All of which look great and I can't believe I made them. I've already used all the items.
The studio was an easy train ride from London and a short walk (~5 mins) from the station (not strenuous). Rosanna provided instructions on how to get there by all modes of transport.
I highly recommend this workshop and learning from Rosanna!
Great fun to do the course, and I regularly use the items created in the first day. Having finished the second day today after a long delay was surprised how much I remembered and it's no doubt due to Rosanna's great teaching. Looking forward to continuing this as a hobby. Highly recommended for anybody looking to have a fun two days of something different. Lunch on both days was lovely, with Rosanna's mother and father who were just as delightful, welcoming, friendly and a pleasure to meet and spend time with A's Rosanna herself.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU to Rosanna for a lovely day! I treated my friend to a leather workshop for her birthday present - and we both loved it so much! We cannot wait to get our hands on some leather and make more goodies! Thank you again for such a lovely workshop and for recommending the local restaurant! =) x
Had a brilliant 2 days with Rosanna!
Rosanna made me feel at ease immediately, she explained things clearly and nothing was too much trouble. I learned loads, lunch was fab both days, company was great and at the end of it, I walked away with a lovely bag, that I now know how to make! It doesn't get better than that.
Thanks Rosanna xx
We spent a lovely afternoon with Rosanna using leather for the first time. Rosanna is an excellent teacher with a pleasant and friendly manner. We were all very happy with our finished products. My children, my mother and I will remember this afternoon for many years.
My husband and I did a workshop with Rosanna to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary as we wanted something a bit different! Rosanna was very friendly and a great teacher to two people who had not worked with leather before. The location of her workshop in Kent is beautiful and she also provided tea and biscuits! We both made several small items and learnt lots of new techniques which we hope to develop now that we've got the basics. Rosanna provided all the tools and had a wide choice of leather so we could make exactly what we wanted. Highly recommended.
What a fun and inspiring day! I am not at all creative so didn't expect great things of myself but..... I made a gorgeous notebook cover, a card holder, a purse, a bracelet and a tassel! Rosanna is a brilliant teacher - and an excellent cook, she feeds you as well! I can't wait to start recreating the things I learnt in class at home!! I'm going to give a gift of a course to my father for his birthday. And I very much hope to give a gift of a further course to myself!
What an amazing day. A friend and I signed up for a day course. We made 5 things (card holder, coin purse, notebook cover, bracelet and tassel). Great tuition from Rosanna. Very relaxed day. Rosanna has an amazing selection of leather to choose from too. I definitely hope to return to make something more challenging. Oh and the lunch she provided was delicious too. Great value for money! Thank you.
I attended the full day workshop with Rosanna and went there with a photo of a phone case I wanted to make. As complicated as I thought it would be to make, Rosanna took the time to explain all the options available to me, including what kind of leather I could use, and also the techniques I could use. Where others would have tried to guide me down a path, she gave me carte blanche to pick which material I used for the case, and helped only when I asked - she wasn't overbearing.
Over the course of the day, Rosanna's patience shone through; with her constant advice and guidance, the day was over so quickly but it was so enlightening, I can't walk past a leather product without trying to figure out how it was made.
The course comes highly recommended. Top job Rosanna.
A really enjoyable morning with an excellent and very patient tutor. Rosanna explained and demonstrated the different techniques used in making simple leather items and was on hand whenever I needed help. I was delighted with the luggage label, card holder and key ring fob that I made and can thoroughly recommend the course to anyone who wants to try out a new craft.
Thanks for an interesting and informative class. I was a bit nervous not knowing if I would be able to achieve anything. I am pleased with my items and looking forward to showing off. Nice to meet your parents. Hope to take more training with you after I start practising what you taught me. Grateful and happy!
I attended the full day workshop and had a fabulous day. It was the first time I worked with leather and Rosanna was patient, helpful and very knowledgeable. I made a credit card holder, a wallet and a passport cover, which I have been using in my day to day life.
I would definitely recommend the course to anybody interested in leather crafting.
Thank you Rosanna,
I attended the one day leather workshop at Rosanna's studio in the the heart of Kent.
I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a learning experience as much as this one! I cannot fault the day or Rosanna's teaching.
I have some experience in making but had not worked with leather. The day flew as I made two styles of card holder and a lined purse. The day was shared with another attendee and we both enjoyed Rosanna's time and knowledge.
I became quite absorbed in the hand-stitching element of the products and found the process almost meditative. Who knew.
If you would like to learn some of the processes involved when working with leather plus leave with a handful of handmade goodies (that look shop bought) then this is the course for you. If you're looking for a day out with a friend (or two) then this would be perfect plus the day would make the most amazing gift experience!
Rosanna is talented and generous with her knowledge. She is patient and accommodating. Oh, and the lunch was lovely too. 5 Stars all the way :)
Today I made a hand stitched wallet for my son, I was very specific about the size of the wallet and what compartments I wanted in the design. Nothing fazes Rosanna she come up with the design that would work best to get the design I was after. I now have a custom made, designed one off wallet in the softest leather thank you so much Rosanna for all your help.
Her classes are so relaxed and a real pleasure to do.
This workshop was exactly what I was looking for. Rosanna was a great teacher, was incredibly knowledgeable and allowed us to go in our own directions with the work.
She created an atmosphere of fun and for £110, you come away with a couple of handmade leather items, a great day and a full stomach.
I couldn't recommend enough.
To Anyone reading this review: Do not hesitate booking with Rosanna and here's why:
Thank you so much for an awesome day, your knowledge, experience and a lovely lunch.
You have certainly instilled in me a healthy respect for leather crafting. Nothing is ever as easy as it looks.
You have the patience of a Saint.
I will be acquiring some tools in the very near future and will attempt to amuse you with photos, not only with any success but also with some failure along the way.
Cough…erm.. failure will be short lived though.
I have a feeling we’ll definitely cross paths again. I may be in touch re: advice on supplies too.
I am usually a “go in all out” kind of person, but for only this time ;-) lol I don’t want to be the jerk with all the gear and no idea …
So... baby steps.
Thank you Rosanna I had a great day and will be returning for more of the same next week.
Most enjoyable course relaxed, helpful and extremely useful. I left with 3 items I had made myself.
Nothing was too much trouble.
See you next week.
8th March 2017
Visited Rosanna in her lovely part of Kent once again this week.Once again what a pleasure to listen to someone who knows "just the right way to do it" helping you produce results you weren't sure you could acheive,
Brilliant day. Arrived feeling as though my chosen bag design might be a little ambitious but Rosanna helped me get stuck in quickly and we were making within the first hour! The time flew by so quickly.
Rosanna is a great teacher with lots of patience - especially if you're a little indecisive like myself!
It was a really inspiring experience and I'd be keen to go back to try out some different designs and techniques at a later date.
I would highly recommend this workshop.
I bought the one day leather course for my husband has a present...and today we have just throughly enjoyed the full day inspirational workshop with Rosanna. She is an excellent and personable tutor, with her expert guidance, clear instructions, constant and helpful supervision all at the perfect pace for us both (complete beginners). I was so pleased and impressed to come away with five finished useful products, (my husband completed three) all in our individual item and colour choices.
We both found it fun and most informative, Rosanna shared some useful tips, knowledge and information about tools, supplies and suppliers. We are now looking forward to trying some other leather projects at home.
Great course, I managed to make 5 little things that will come in very handy ! Rosanna was lovely and a good teacher.
It was relaxing and entertaining, and really easy to get to from London.
I highly recommend it!
A great day!
Relaxing, educational and best of all inspirational!
Rosanna was very welcoming and expertly created a comfortable environment to introduce me to her craft.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable, she kept us fed and watered throughout and made for great company as well as a great teacher!
Would definitely recommend!
• FUN • EDUCATIONAL • RELAXING •
Enjoy a brew, listen to the radio & go at your pace, Rosanna is there to help & guide, a patient teacher with a passion to teach novices all things "crafty"!
We done it as a pair, however it would be a great activity for groups or corporate days.
Thanks for a great day! Worth the 2hr drive APG
Wow what a fantastic course. I have learnt new skills which I feel cofident to use at home and will continue to work with leather. Rosanna is a brilliant tutor pacing the class to the students needs, every question was answered and Rosanna was happy to share her skills and knowledge.
I went to this course with slight trepidation, as I had not sewn leather before, I left with a bespoke bag professionly finished which I am really proud of.
Thank you Rosanna for giving me the skills and confidence to start a new hobby.
The lunch was excellent too, thanks to Rosannas Mum!
Brilliant half day course at Rosanna's studio. Really clear tuition and patience too, loads of different options you can try your hand at making and so pleased with the results.
Highly recommended by the two of us and we're looking forward to using our custom made, personalised luggage tags. We made 6 items between the pair of us.
Great value for money too! Book it!
Knowledgeable and easy to talk to, Rosanna was very friendly and an excellent teacher. Having no prior experience in leather crafting, we thoroughly enjoyed our morning. There was great flexibility in the session which allowed creativity and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out more about the craft. We would recommend the course to anyone wanting to give something new a try!
This was a fantastic workshop, I had such a great time, Rosanna couldn't have been better so friendly, knowledgeable and willing to share her expert knowledge. One of the best workshops I have ever been on I had the opportunity to make so many things and learn a lot. I couldn't recommend the day workshop more
I made four items today with Roseanne I had a good choice of pieces and also was able to make the piece my own original with Roseanna s help. She is an exceptional tutor.
I am so pleased with all four items specially two that I was able to personalise, a passport holder and a card hold for my son and husband.
Give it a go they make wonderful gifts. thanks again roseanna x
I had a wonderful two day course with Rosanna, designing and then creating my very own bespoke bag.
Rosanna gives you the freedom to do what you want, design wise - and if you cannot do it (such as the leather is too thick) she will explain why.
A talented, patient teacher who gives you as much or as little help as you need.
My bag is absolutely fantastic, a one off, in the most beautiful leather with all my personal touches.
I am going back to do a half day wallet making course in the Summer!
Thank you Rosanna!
Late last year decided I wanted to try and make a knife role for my son (who is a chef) to hold his professional knives in when travelling. I researched a little and found a Rosanna Gethin studio. Booking and payment was simple and followed up by Rosanna sending encouraging emails that enabled me to actually plan what i wanted to make. I was a little apprehensive as im not at all 'crafty' . I need not of worried, as I was made thoroughly welcome. Rosanna assisted me to turn my idea into a wonderful reality. I can not believe "I" was able to construct the item I left the work shop with! Rosanna suggested a few extra professional touches which make it look totally amazing. I would highly recomend her. She is a lovely teacher she is patient and encouraging. I found the day to be so fulfilling.
My advice if you have an idea for a leather creation, do not delay, sign up to one if her courses! You will be in awe of what she helps you to make!!
Yesterday I did a full day workshop with Rosanna and came away with four beautiful items: a gorgeous reddish brown purse/wallet complete with zipped pocket for coins and several slots for cards and larger notes, a lined zipped coin purse with funky design on the outside, a hand stitched card holder for my partner, and a matching stylish and strong keyring. Three of the items are embossed with our initials which makes them really special and looks great! I was amazed at how many different techniques I was able to have a go at during the course of the day and could never have imagined the quality of what I would be bringing home with me - very pleased and proud! Thanks to Rosanna for being so skilled and talented - both creatively and in her teaching style. I highly recommend this course!
I had a really enjoyable day today with Rosanna and I was very pleased with the range of items I made . She is a great teacher and with her help and guidance I was able to achieve a very satisfactory finish and to make more than I expected.
A fun day in a beautiful rural setting with a great lunch - this course was a present I will remember!
We were given a one day leather workshop as a Christmas gift and had an amazing day!
Rosanna is a delightful and talented teacher. She put us at our ease and made us very welcome in her studio. She showed us a wide selection of useful and beautiful items that we could make in a choice of leathers and gave us time to consider which ones we might like to make.
I chose a very soft blue leather and with Rosanna's guidance and patience made a lined, zipped pencil case with a tassel and a matching sketchbook cover. I also made a hand stitched card case and a double sided vanity tray, embossed with a friends name, which will make a unique gift for a special birthday.
My husband made a card holder, a notebook cover and a hand stitched spectacles case which he embossed with his initials. We're both so thrilled with what we've made and they'll be put to use with pride. Thank you so much Rosanna - we really have had a wonderful day and we'll definitely be booking again.
I attended the full day workshop as a gift for my birthday. Rosanna was really attentive and had the right balance of offering help and letting me try it out myself. She was really knowledgeable and generous with her resources. I made a few things that I am SO proud of. I really enjoyed the day and would not hesitate to do another one in the near future! Thank you Rosanna, it was a really super day. I would highly recommend this workshop!
I had the most entertaining and creative moments while I was doing Rosanna's course. I did two days as I enjoyed it so much. She is a great tutor, lovely energy, patient and calm and she certainly knows her craft. Her studio is located in a beautiful area in the countryside, easily accesible and well worth the journey. I certainly reccommend Rosanna's craft course to everyone!
A lovely lady with a really lovely manner.Very approachable but nonetheless a great teacher:inspiring,knowledgable ,able and extremely patient with a gentle persuasiveness to get all students making something they were (rightly)proud of.She makes it look so simple & helps every newbie share in her expert knowledge,knack & skills
I attended a days course with Rosanna,
I found it to be a very compact day, learning how to hand stitch, machine stitch, for both material and leather. Learning about using button fixings and studs. It is a relaxed working environment with great hospitality. I came away with a hand stitched card holder, trinket tray and a tote bag.
After a day with Rosanna i came away filled with the knowledge and the confidence to now start broadening my horizons for making different leather products.
Highly recommend a course with Rosanna. Thank you
Thank you for an enjoyable day with you Rosanna, making a large leather purse and a cuff bracelet. I love my beautiful purse.
You are a very good teacher thank you once again.
Dolly from Bromley
This was a two day class, I had complete choice of the type of bag I wanted to make. Rosanna set about sketching a bag telling me all the different options I could try, once agreed I helped make my patten.
The bag was made out of a leather jacket I picked up cheaply in a lovely burgundy colour. Rosanna suggested adding a contrast leather and a lining.
End of day two and I'm the proud owner of a super fab, one off leather bag and I love it!!
Rosanna is a gifted teacher and so patient, she really wants you to go home with something wonderful, that you love. Thank you for two brilliant days.
I am currently a final year Decorative Arts student. I had never worked with leather before, and as I'm planning on producing a leather product for my final degree show - I knew that Rosanna's accessories workshop would be perfect for me.
I made a card holder embossed with initials, a purse and a belt. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Rosanna was patient, informative and allowed me to pick her brain about suppliers, tools and leather characteristics. I now know about the different types of leather, colours available, treatments, techniques and all of the possibilities of leather.
I went away knowing so much invaluable information and I am very grateful to have found her on Craft Courses. I now feel more confident than ever taking leatherwork on for my final degree show.
I highly recommend this course. She has set me up brilliantly for going ahead with leatherwork in my own studio. It was a pleasure to meet Rosanna.
I had a lovely time at Rosanna's one day workshop on Saturday. Although I am an absolute beginner I made a purse, card holder and a glasses case! It gave me a chance to try out a few different tools and techniques and I am inspired to continue with this hobby.
Rosanna is an excellent teacher - very relaxed and patient and it was a pleasure to spend time in her studio.
I attended the full day workshop with Rosanna . She is an excellent teacher as her instructions were clear and she offered constant supervision and guidance throughout the day.
As a complete novice I found it both fun and most informative . I came away with two finished products; useful tips, information about suppliers and affordable tools; and inspired to try it alone at home!
I would highly recommend this workshop.
We spent two very enjoyable days with Rosanna during the summer, in a lovely setting with delicious food, learning new skills and making our bags. Rosanna helped us develop our ideas before we even started and then guided us through the different stages of construction, teaching us new skills along the way. We both had such fun that we are already planning our next projects and will be in touch with Rosanna to help us with these.
I attended the full day workshop and had a brilliant day. Rosanna was very welcoming and gave me her full attention, nothing was too much trouble. I haven't worked with leather before but had the opportunity to experience a lot in one day and made several different items - all of which I am pleased with and will be used! Despite doing so much it was very relaxing. Thank you Rosanna, I had a great day!
My husband gave me this class as my birthday pressie, it was brill I made a hand stitched laptop case. This was my first attempt at leather work and it turned out fab (even if I do say so myself). Rosanna was a very good tutor and let your own flare come out in what you make.
We had a lovely lunch in a lovely garden, so all in all a perfect day. I have already booked leather day number two for next month.
Thanks so much Rosanna see you soon.
Rosanna is an excellent tutor, her instructions were clear and she helped me with any tricky bits. I really enjoyed this course, felt like I'd achieved quite a lot in the time and came out with some lovely accessories that I am really proud of making!
I would love to book any further dates that come up in the future. Definitely recommending Rosanna and her courses to everyone I know!
I really enjoyed my course with Rosanna. She has lots of experience, and offers useful tips for beginners. I walked away with a range of great things that I really like, having picked the colours and style for me. My friends always compliment me on my earrings!
Highly recommend doing this short course if you feel like re-igniting your craft skills and feeling really productive by the end of the day.
Fantastic 2 day workshop. Rosanna is a brilliant tutor with outstanding skills. All my friends comment on the professional finish of my wonderful bag. I am going to be very busy as I have been given a number of commissions. I will continue with further workshops and highly recommend you all to have a go.
Thank You Rosanna, really looking forward to my next workshop.
I had a fabulous day making the leather laptop case with Rosanna in her workshop in Kent. Beautiful surroundings for a great and informative day. Rosanna is a great teacher; very patient and a very talented maker. I learnt a number of essential leather stitching techniques as well as many finishing techniques such as embossing and edging to make my final piece look stunning. I love my laptop case and I cannot wait to try out my newly learnt skills again. A highly recommended and fun day! She makes a mean quiche too ;-)