A huge thankyou to Wendy & Clive for such a lovely day! I've learned so much today to start my leather working journey.
A beautiful location, a warm welcoming atmosphere, and a massively knowledgeable couple that make learning new skills so easy!
I'll be back ASAP after practicing my saddle stitch.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Hi Jeff,
I attended the one day course with my adult daughter in June. Wendy and Clive were very welcoming and the course was very enjoyable. Wendy gave very clear instructions and guided us through all the processes. She is very knowledgeable and was happy to tell us how we could purchase the stamps etc should we decide to continue working in leather on our own. We made, decorated and dyed several items with which we were very pleased. I'd imagined a degree of strength was required and as I'm recovering from surgery I was concerned that I wouldn't get the most out of the day but I managed fine.
I wholeheartedly recommend this course which I feel is suitable for adults of all ages and older children.
Having completed the leather Possibles Pouch last week, I was straight back this weekend for the two day bag-making course.
Obviously passionate about their craft, Wendy & Clive are enthusiastic about passing on their leather-making knowledge. Instructions were clearly and patiently explained at every stage and although there is a lot to pack in over the two days, I never felt rushed at any point.
Because of their clear teaching methods and the good quality raw materials they use, I left Evancliffe with a bag that I’m truly proud of, customised to fit my iPad.
You don’t just “make a bag” on the course. You learn about the tools used, the different types of leather and their uses and gain an understanding of how to get the best result from your materials. It has encouraged me to learn more about working with leather in the future.
Book a workshop with Clive & Wendy, you won’t be disappointed!
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Great to see you again Barbara. We're really pleased you enjoyed the bag workshop and for booking up to come back only a week after making your pouch!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day. We are in no way crafty and we were a bit worried beforehand that this course would be a bit beyond us, but the instructors made it easy to follow. They were happy to let you crack on and do things for yourself, but always on hand to give you extra help if needed. You got to cut out the leather, dye it and stitch it, as well as using various tools. Clive and Wendy were really nice and so enthusiastic about all things leather. We are so chuffed with the pouches we made. Couldn't recommend this course enough. Excellent value for money too!
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for leaving this review, it is greatly appreciated. We are pleased you both enjoyed the workshop and are chuffed with your pouches.
Thoroughly enjoyed this workshop, thrilled with my finished pouch.
Wendy and Clive are excellent tutors - friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Small class sizes mean everyone gets attention and individual help if needed. I hope to return and do the bag-making workshop later this year.
An added bonus is the setting - light airy room with lovely views across the countryside. Exceptionally Covid-safe too.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for leaving this review. We do appreciate reviews a lot! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the workshop and are thrilled with the pouch.
A truly enjoyable and informative course. The instruction was clear and concise. The arrangement of all tools and materials was in such away that it was easy to use.
The instruction by two excellent craftspeople was wonderful and you were treated as a family friend.
I was on this course on 10th Oct 20 and would highly recommend it.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:We're really pleased that you enjoyed the workshop. Good luck with your future leatherwork.
This leather bound journal was the second course I attended with Clive & Wendy. The first before Covid and the second during this pandemic. If you are thinking of attending one of their courses rest assured your health and safety are in excellent hands. All precautions were there in spades and you will feel safe but they still managed to make the whole learning process relaxed, friendly and most importantly, informative.
The course was more than just making a journal - Clive & Wendy are very knowledgable people who are passionate about using leather to make beautiful objects. Again, thank you for a wonderful, safe day out - of which I have had precious few in these trying 6 months.
Good luck for the future workshops you have scheduled.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for this excellent review Sue. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your second workshop with us! Also great to hear that the Covid-19 measures we've had to put in place didn't distract from the experience and also made you feel safe.
I had only made one thing with leather (a wallet) before going on this course I walked out of Clive and Wendy's home on Sunday night with a fantastic handbag my wife loves.
Let's backtrack a bit though. The course should have been in July and was cancelled due to covid. But all through I was kept up to date from Clive or Wendy and never thought for one minute the course wasn't going to happen. From the moment you draw up outside their house their attention to covid requirements is fantastic. It also never dropped over both days.
Enough on that. Safe to say you are well looked after.
The course itself is very well structured and takes you step by step in bite sized chunks through the bag making process. From doing a test stitching piece (a purse for the bag) through cutting out dying leather, cutting straps, attaching straps, decorative sewing. The list goes on.
This course is no picnic you work hard for two days, but with the good humour, dedication, great teaching and obvious love of leather making from both Clive and Wendy the weekend flies by, and you leave with a beautiful piece you can truly be proud to have made.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Hi Andrew,
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Very pleased with my belt and my second lot of saddle stitch!
Wendy and Clive are good teachers and leave you to get on with what you're doing without standing over you all the time.
Definitely recommend this course. Thank you.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you and well done. We are pleased you enjoyed the day. It was great to be back up and running again.
Great day with Clive and Wendy. My son and I learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience. Wendy and Clive are great teachers and have a perfect approach, being supportive but not taking over. We were really pleased with the end products. We are both wearing our belts as I type :-) Thanks very much!
PS. Clive and Wendy were great with covid arrangements and we felt very comfortable with the hygiene and distancing and it did not detract from the course.
Gil and Tom
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Great to hear you both enjoyed the workshop. It is fantastic to be up and running again. We're really pleased that you thought the measures weve put in place kept you safe as we have put a lot of effort into working out the best way to deliver the workshop. Thank you.
I have attended a course with Clive and Wendy. From the minute I walked through the door I felt comfortable and relaxed with them both. Because of the covid situation I was a little nervous of what to expect but in my opinion they couldn't of done anymore from wearing the mask, to taking my temperature before entering. There was a screen to separate us for tutoring and all tools were cleaned continously, and social distancing when the screen was not been used 10/10.
The bag I made with the help of the couple was lovely, I enjoyed it that much I've enrolled in another course for wet moulding and stamping, so see you guys soon, thanks for teaching me some great skills.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:As this was the first workshop since the Covid-19 lockdown and gaining our Visit England "We're Good to Go" accreditation we are really pleased to hear that we did so well with the extra measures. The bag you produced was excellent and we're really pleased that you enjoyed it. There is no better recommendation than someone booking a place on another of our workshops. Thank you.
I would like to thank Wendy and Clive for the recent wet moulding course I attended, leather work courses are few and far between and it was a shame only two people turned up for this course as although only a half day course there is still enough time to cover different aspects, and come away with some quality items, it's a very enjoyable old craft, and a lot can be learned from a hands on course, I hope to make the journey for more of their courses in the future
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for the review. It was a shame that the course was not full, however we are currently in challenging and strange times. The afternoon workshop was full and we actually put on an extra workshop in the evening for two health workers looking to do something crafty. We were very pleased to help out there, that is for sure.
I have just attended the bag making course. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. Clive and Wendy are excellent at imparting information to their students. The course is split into manageable sections and because of this you never feel overwhelmed. They are always there to help you if you need it. The bag I produced is really beautiful and it is nice that you can choose what style you want and the colour as well.
An excellent course which teaches you a traditional skill which has been around for centuries.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the workshop!
I would like to thank Wendy and Clive for the pouch making course I attended recently, it was a great introduction as a beginner to leatherwork with a lot of processes and techniques covered, saddle stitching, dyeing, riveting etc , and good practice with a variety of tools.
I learned a lot in a short space of time, and feel more confident to continue with my own leatherwork projects, and would recommend the course to anyone that's looking to get into working with leather
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for this excellent review.
I’ve had such a good day and learnt so much from Wendy and Clive, who were great hosts and excellent instructors. The atmosphere was very relaxed and everyone was given one to one instruction when required and plenty of time to complete their belt. I can’t believe what we achieved and now have the bug to do another course. Thank you again
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for this excellent review.
One of the best workshops I’ve attended. Professional teaching, delivered in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. No pressure, just lots of advice and encouragement. I feel inspired to try my hand at something more challenging. Thanks to Clive & Wendy for a very enjoyable day.
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Sue,
My wife and I were given two places on the course as a gift - we both absolutely loved the course!!
Wendy & Clive were both extremely welcoming and the atmosphere for the class was relaxed. The class was well paced and structured brilliantly so even as complete beginners, you could make progress quickly.
Would highly recommend (and we’ve already recommended it to friends).
Proper tea, great biscuits and some of the best views around from the workshop are an added bonus ;-).
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you for our 50th five star review! Great to hear that you both enjoyed the workshop, tea and view!
I cannot find worthy words of describing this course! The teachings are perfect for first time crafters and / or social hobbyists. Theres plenty of information you can take home to continue your own separate crafts. All of the tools are explained at a pace that is comfortable for you. The hosts / teachers Wendy and Clive are like family to me! They are very welcoming, funny and friendly and youll generally feel like your friends are teaching you. Also I'd like to point out that both Wendy and Clive are very talented with leather and their crafts will inspire you to try to make your own at home !
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you so much for the review. It is great to know that you have enjoyed the workshop so much!
Because of how much i loved the belt making course, i was back the next weekend to learn how to make a cute pouch! Wendy and Clive taught this so perfectly that if you were a complete beginner you could still keep up whilst having fun, as well as if like me you had some knowledge they would push your skill a bit further and factor in your weakness' to improve them efficiency. I thoroughly enjoyed coming back again, and can assure each visit gets even better !
On this course we got to fully personalise our pouch and im truly proud of mine. Thank you so much again ! Im so happy i joined your leather workshops !
Response from Evancliffe Leathercraft:Thank you so much for the review. It is great to get feedback and know that you have enjoyed the workshops so much!