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Lynne Friel

Contact name: Lynne Friel
Total bookings
over 8 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

I started by teaching mount cutting, an essential skill for any artist wanting to sell their own work. I taught this for several years for West Sussex County Council. I really enjoy passing on my skills and I've always loved making 'stuff'. It's great when I can take tools and techniques from one area to another, so my next step was to revive my book making skills using upcycled leather. That quickly led to a series of workshops. During lockdown I became fascinated with unusual book forms - especially folding techniques to make concertina bindings and new stitches for books. There is a danger I might disappear under a sea of paper and card ...

Courses, kits & gifts

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1-to-1 Mount cutting and effective presentation for painters and photographers
7 hours
Next date: 26th Jun 2024
1 place left
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Leather long stitch journal / artist's book (beginners)
1 day
Next date: 22nd Jun 2024
2 places left

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
1 Jun 24'

Alyson reviewed: Leather long stitch journal / artist's book (beginners)

"This was a very enjoyable day. Lynne is a great teacher with a friendly, helpful style and she encouraged our creativity with different styles which evolved through the day. It was a really fun course and I loved doing it. I was very pleased to go home with 2 lovely books. I look forward to the next course."

Lynne Friel responded:

"Hi Alyson, thank you for your very kind review. It was a really good day with lots of laughs. Now to decide if you keep the books or can bear to part with one! Best wishes Lynne"

1 Jun 24'

Hughes Sharon reviewed: Leather long stitch journal / artist's book (beginners)

"Lovely day spent making long stitch books. Gorgeous coloured leather to choose from. Great instruction and delicious cake. I will be back to make some more!"

Lynne Friel responded:

"Hello Sharon, thank you so much. It was a pleasure to meet you and Sarah and your books turned out so well. Hope to see you again. Best wishes Lynne"

21 Apr 24'

Amy reviewed: Leather long stitch journal / artist's book (beginners)

"I cannot recommend this course enough- to say it was perfect is an understatement. Lynne is not only extremely experienced, she is also incredibly hospitable. Lynne was very accommodating to the ideas I had in mind, and encouraged creativity with fantastic guidance to what was actually possible. Her leather options were beautiful, and she had a perfect array of lovely buttons, thread and elastic. Lynne is an absolute gem, and I hope more people discover this course! Thank you so much for your time Lynne, I couldn’t be more happy!"

Lynne Friel responded:

"Hi Amy, thank you so much for your very kind review. I loved the way you incorporated the collar of an old leather coat into the wraparound cover. I'm sure you'll be keeping your eyes open for discarded leather that you can recycle, the back and sides of worn out leather settees are a good source. It was a pleasure meeting you and your mother - what a thoughtful present. I hope I may see you both in the future and if you get stuck on anything do get in touch. Best wishes, Lynne"

21 Apr 24'

Bernice O’Reilly reviewed: Leather long stitch journal / artist's book (beginners)

"One of the best workshops I’ve ever done. Lynne is an excellent tutor, guiding you all the way with the practical information, skills and techniques but she also gives you space to be creative if you want. I came away with two fabulous notebooks which I’m very proud of and my family were very impressed. I’d definitely sign up for more courses by Lynne and have recommended this one to everyone I know. Five stars all the way! "

Lynne Friel responded:

"Thank you so much Bernice. Your books turned out so well and I'm sure you'll be able to make lots more at home. It would be lovely to see you again at one of my workshops. The first of the Intermediate book workshops start in June, although lots of people come two or even three times to the beginners' one - the results are always so different. Happy book making, best wishes, Lynne"

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