Wendy and Clive are highly skilled leather workers in their own right and their enthusiasm for the craft is infectious. This was my third workshop with them. We started by discussing possible designs, after which we set to, tearing beautiful water colour paper to our chosen size. Then Wendy taught us how to join the pages into a journal, using traditional bookbinding techniques. After lunch it was time to plan, cut and dye the leather covers before final assembly.
Each stage was explained clearly and we made steady progress. I was delighted to end the day with not one but two beautiful handmade leather journals, one with stitched pages and the other loose leafed.
This was a very affordable one-to-one course, arranged at a time to suit me. If you are looking for enthusiastic and skilful tutors who will show you how to make very professional looking leather journals, this is the course for you. Thoroughly recommended..
Sarah - - #24201
This course was amazing. I was a complete beginner and achieved a beautiful bag under expert guidance.
Wendy and Clive, have such good knowledge and really instil confidence.
The spacious work room has a stunning view, and coupled with the peace and tranquility, you come away feeling renewed and rewarded.
I can not recommend this course enough, you will learn so many new skills, meet interesting people.
The biscuits and coffee are good too.
Elizabeth Grisdale - - #21766
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for the review. We are really pleased you enjoyed tbe bag workshop.
This course is ideal for the novice. Tutors Wendy and Clive deliver hands on tuition which is both highly knowledgeable, sympathetic and they are both prepared to spend what time it takes with each student individually. They are both good fun too!
To be able to make a great belt in the time is a reflection on their teaching skills. I'd never thought I would come away with such a stylish completed product!
Excellent value and a wonderful day out.
Which of their Courses will I go on next ????
Bill Ashbee - - #21571
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed tbe belt workshop.
I spent a thorougly enjoyable two days making a leather handbag from scratch. This is now going to be my every day bag and I will be using it with pride.
The tuition was excellent. Both tutors are very experienced leather workers. We were guided through every aspect of the process of making our bags and using the various tools. Through demonstration, gentle advice and lots of encouragement we all produced a very professional-looking bag.
I recommend this course very highly
Sarah - - #21058
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for the review Sarah.
Absolutely brilliant course. Never expected to be able to make a beautiful bag from undyed sheets of leather in 2 days. Wendy and Clive are warm and welcoming and great tutors, keeping everyone on track and responding to individuals needs as we all found different aspects of the work challenging. When I arrived, I thought the fact that there were 2 basic designs might be a bit limiting but this is far from the truth
The 2 bags are very practical designs so can be in daily use, challenging enough to teach a range of skills but able to be completed in the allotted time. The range of dyes and fittings meant we had 4 very different, unique pieces at the end of the weekend.
I would heartily recommend this for anyone who wants to learn how to start working with leather but also to anyone who just wants a fun weekend and a bag they can brag they made themselves.
And its not just for the ladies, one of our group made bag for his interest in botany.
Lynn Bickle - - #21026
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for your review.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course run by Clive and Wendy and learnt so much in a short space of time. Their expert knowledge was clear to see and I will cherish the bag I produced for years to come!
Michael Walsh - - #20571
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for leaving this excellent review. We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop.
This was an amazing, enjoyable and quite intense course, Wendy and Clive are great tutors, the class size was small so everyone and the help and attention they required.
I had never worked with leather before, and am now the proud owner of a hand made leather handbag.
I will definately be continuing to work with leather and am in the process of booking a second course with Wendy and Clive to help me make a bag and belt for re-enactment.
If you have any desire to make your own handbags or leather goods then you could not find better teachers.
Kay C - - #20570
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for leaving this excellent review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the workshop.
This was a fabulous course! I feel that I have learned far more than ever expected to learn! The tutors were knowledgeable and patient and explained the various elements really well. I am really looking forward to going on another lf their courses in the future!
Joe Woodcock - - #19649
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you so much for the review Joe! It was great to meet you.
A thoroughly enjoyable day in a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of information and tips for leatherwork with a great belt at the end of the day. This was my second course with Clive and Wendy and I've booked another for the spring of 2019 to learn more skills.
Glad Halton - - #18474
This course was brilliant from start to finish. It was my first real experience of leather craft and I have been inspired to do more. An enjoyable day- very well planned, structured and delivered. I have come away feeling very confident with the basics of leather craft and a great belt. Excellent tuition and pace, complete with a fine selection of biscuits 👍. Thank you.
Jimmy atkinson - - #18457
I had a great time at the course arranged by my local craft group. I learnt lots and , as we given a choice of projects, learnt to stitch as well as embossing and dyeing. Clive and Wendy were great teachers, clear and supportive while always giving you the space to do it yourself. They have lots of equipment to give a professional finish. I would recommend this course and you certainly do not need to be particularly arty or crafty.
Susanna Baker - - #18090
This is the second course I have done with Clive and Wendy, again thoroughly enjoyable pitched at the right level for all on the course. I came away with a beautiful handbag and the skills to be ready for the next adventure. A fantastic weekend, thoroughly recommended again! Thank you
Chris Battye - - #17275
Another excellent course, which was a perfect follow on from the Evancliffe belt-making course earlier in the year. Clive and Wendy are excellent, patient, knowledgeable tutors. I am so thrilled with the bag I made, which was a version of a messenger bag. This course is suitable for beginners or people who have had chance to try leather-work before. Beware, you will be hooked!
Marianne Langley - - #17267
I enjoyed this course , Wendy and Clive were very good at imparting information in a relaxed and easy manner, I was able to finish the bag within the time, and took home something that looked good and was very functional. They were also able to supply a list of good Band B's in the area. I left the course with enough skills to start my own project when I got back home.
Paul Chapman - - #17253
I enjoyed the course immensely and was delighted with the bag I produced. It was an intense course for me, but in a very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of refreshments. Clive and Wendy were excellent teachers.
Glad Halton - - #17249
My husband and I enjoyed this course hugely! We learned so much during the session and were delighted by the things we made. Both bowls are being used regularly and have received several compliments!
Kat Wood - - #17059
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:We are really pleased you enjoyed the workshop especially as it was for such a special day.
Very enjoyable, learnt loads, nice group of people and Wendy and Clive made me feel very welcome, both very good instructors. Would recommend to anyone .
Oliver bogle - - #16127
I had never done any leatherwork before this course. The tutors were excellent. Their instructions were clear and their demonstrations were spot on. They entertained us with interesting facts and details and kept us all on track so that each of us with a well-made belt at the end of the day. I will definitely be returning for future courses and will be continuing to develop my skills at home. Thoroughly recommended!
Sarah - - #16156
Outstanding day. Having no knowledge of leather craft I didn’t know what to expect. Clive and Wendy put everyone attending at ease and they both showed patience and understanding during the tricky bits (for me it was the hand stitching). This has given me a desire to try more advanced techniques and I will no doubt attend another course. The end result was pretty good as well.
Jon Bailey - - #14546
What an enjoyable day. Amazing views from our workstation, excellent hospitality and a real sense of achievement when we finished our belts. I didn't fully appreciate the work that goes into hand stitching a piece of leather.
Clive and Wendy were great hosts and very informative. Whilst the instruction is delivered in a very relaxed style, my wife and I both came away very proud of our work but exhausted. You do have to concentrate to make a good job.
I would heartily recommend anyone to give this workshop a go. At the end of the day you walk away with a hand made leather belt which you can brag about to your friends.
John - - #14532