An entirely brilliant way to spend a weekend – with the bonus of a lovingly crafted bag which will continue giving pleasure for many many years to come. Gaynor, Enya and Elizabeth teach and assist with great skill and humour. The days are pleasantly paced with demonstrations of techniques followed by hands on making of your own bag. All this activity is punctuated with regular breaks for tea and cake. Perfect!
Everytime I use my beautiful bag I marvel at how wonderful it is and volunteer “I made this!” to anyone and everyone! You can see my bag in action here (from about 1 minute in)… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roEH2zx8z28
Angela - - #3741
A great weekend. All the materials, tools and help and tea and cake you need to make a really nice bag. Very well paced, not rushed so you can take the time to get things as good as you can, and everybody finished - there's nothing worse than leaving a course with a bag (ha!) of bits. Back home and lots of compliments and disbelief that it wasn't stitched by machine... Thank you Gaynor and Enya!
P.S. Gaynor - the bike clip works, keep it short!
Mark Dobson - - #3695
A most enjoyable 2 day handbag making course. Never realised how long it would take, or how many tools and processes were involved. Great instruction from Gaynor and Enya. Would definitely recommend.
Lyn Wild - - #3640
From walking into the old chapel at 9a.m. on Saturday to walking out at 5p.m. on Sunday, with a bag I'd made, the course was a joy. Gaynor, Enya and Elizabeth were highly skilled, inspiring, patient, always positive and fun to be with. Tea, cakes and biscuits were on plentiful supply and lunch round the woodburner chatting made for a very rewarding time on all levels. There was a camaraderie and friendship throughout the two days with both tutors and course members.
I would thoroughly recommend a course at Pembrokeshire Leatherwork for something really enriching in a lovely environment
Thank you all!
Keith Drew - - #2687
I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and loved the environment, the people and the chance to practice some new skills. Starting with a warm welcome, plentiful hot drinks and the offer of cake and biscuits during the the two days, the atmosphere was relaxed but also very productive.
Gaynor's instruction throughout was clear and her teaching manner calm and encouraging. She was enthusiastic and inspiring offering guidance aimed at both completing the project chosen for the weekend, but also developing the skills and knowledge to enable participants to continue at home.
I am delighted with the bag I made and looking forward to using it. I have no hesitation in recommending this course.
Anita Dickinson - - #2645
I had such a great weekend on the course and already want to make another bag! Gaynor, Enya and Elizabeth were great company and wonderful teachers. Gaynor was very helpful with encouragement and information about how, as a beginner, to continue leatherwork at home after the course. Gary and Enya both drove me to and from my B&B or the train station, which was a generous and very welcome benefit that meant being in the middle of nowhere without a car wasn't complicated. I would thoroughly recommend this course for anyone good with their hands and keen to work with leather. I came away feeling very pleased with myself! Thank you.
Olivia - - #2318
What a wonderful course! In three days we learnt how to mould wet leather into a clamp mould...very scary! .....and on to make the finished moulds into two finished bags. As always the tuition was excellent, clear, informative, and with each person going at their own pace.
Gaynor and Enya were, as always, patient and happy to answer any questions giving us all lots of confidence in our ability.
We left with lots of information and the skill to make another bag on our own.
All this as well as a lovely gang of other students made for a fun three days
Cant wait to return for the five day course in the Autumn
With Fond Regards
Ali and Sorrel....or Laurel !
Ali and Sorrel Russell - - #2242
Very welcoming before we began.
Lots of help and guidance throughout the course without being condescending.
The aim for those running the course seemed to be to ensure we learnt a lot of skills, picked up lots of hints and tips so that we could carry on to make bags when we got home and to have good fun whilst doing it. Most of all they seemed to want to make sure we went home with the best possible bag we could make.
A lovely hard working team. Brilliant.
Ilona Ramsay - - #2210
A brilliant course. We used techniques which we'd learned on other courses, the bag making course in my case, and over three days created a beautiful moulded leather backpack. Gaynor and Enya were very good tutors, and Elizabeth was very helpful.
It was great fun as well, with a terrific group of people.
Catherine - - #2197
I had a really excellent weekend making a great messenger bag and getting a great introduction to leatherwork.
Gaynor is a highly skilled craftsperson and teacher who shares her knowledge freely, you get drawn in so quickly to working on your project and the results were very exciting. The workshop in a beautiful old chapel is very well organised space with plenty of room to work. The emphasis is on building skills and confidence quickly so that you can get working on your own project. There is a lot of one-to-one tuition from Gaynor and her excellent assistant Enya both ably helped by Elizabeth so you never have to struggle on your own. The team are really good about allowing people to work in a way they feel comfortable with and everyones work progressed very quickly. The atmosphere is very friendly and busy and I learnt so much about a material I'd never used before. I'm so pleased with my bag - can't quite believe I did it in two days!
I would highly recommend the weekend to anyone who enjoys working with their hands, you'll learn a lot and make a really beautiful bag to take away and you'll have a lot of fun too.
Kevin McKeon - - #2004
I came on the course as a birthday treat for a friend but it was a total treat for me. The teaching was excellent. The team were all so friendly and supportive. I love my bag. When I got home my friends couldn't believe I had hand stitched it and done it all in a weekend. I recommend it as a rewarding and enjoyable experience. thank you
Rose Scarborough - - #2003
Enjoyed every moment of making my beautiful handbag. The course was extremely well run, was fun & a lovely atmosphere. Excellent tuition had an amazing 2 days & learnt so much.
Sue Dunckley - - #2000
I attended this course back in September and it was fantastic. I learnt so much in the two days and made a beautiful leather tote bag. Gaynor and Enya were really knowledgeable and gave great tips and advice, highly recommend this course for anyone interested in leather work.
Laura - - #1890
Thanks to Gaynor and her wonderful girls we gained the skills to make a beautiful bag in just two days.
The studio is wonderful and very inspiring, we laughed, learnt, and ate cake as well as acquiring so many skills!
I would recommend this course to anyone with good basic craft skills, Gaynor is excellent at letting each student work at there own pace with just the right amount of input to keep your confidence going.
We are counting the months until we can come back for the next course.
Ali Russell - - #1852
I really enjoyed the weekend. I had no prior experience of working with leather, although I have done dressmaking and a little upholstery, so I was a bit concerned that other students would have had more experience than me. But I thought that the standard of teaching was very good, with allowances being made for the differing standards of competance of the students. Gaynor was especially skilled in helping me find alternative ways of doing some of the work when I found it difficult due to arthritis in my hands. She was also very positive and encouraging, which made for a lovely atmosphere. I would love to do another course - Perhaps a one day "Make Another Bag" course?
Gwenda Dinsdale - - #1833
An excellent course for anyone wishing to make there own
Leather bag Gaynor and Enya helped and guided your through the intensive two day course and were always on hand if you needed a little extra help, you come away with your own handmade bag and new skills.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to get started with leather work.
Thanks again to Gaynor, Enya and Elizabeth for all your help.
Helen - - #1777
I had a great day and learned new skills. I hope to be back next year to try a different course.
Karen Burnett - - #1741
What an excellent weekend. Everything was perfect - great bunch of people. I would definitely do one again.
Beryl Freedman - - #1740