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.
I spent a very enjoyable 2 days with Rosanna in her studio designing, cutting out and constructing a really unique and lovely handbag. Rosanna is an excellent teacher, showing patience and understanding when dealing with a complete beginner to this craft.
I was able to master the techniques of cutting and bonding leather then sewing my pieces together on a specialist sewing machine. I constructed a lining with pockets for cards or phone and an inside zip pocket for more valuable items. I came to the course with a rough idea of what I wanted to make and what colour leather I wanted to use and the finished handbag far exceeded my expectations.
Rosanna gave clear instructions and I was able to work on construction mostly independently but she was always on hand to help where necessary.
I will not hesitate to book another course.
Rosanna is a great tutor, very knowledgeable and patient.
The course was a good pace and I learnt loads and came away with a unique bag which everyone is envious of!!
Thanks Rosanna, highly recommend this course.
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 was so excited to receive my earring kit and I wasn't disappointed.
It comes neatly packaged, with clear and simple instructions, templates and a gorgeous selection of coloured leather. I have already made one pair and I will be ordering some more jump hoops as I have plenty of leather left to make more.
I thoroughly recommend this kit, it is excellent value and was great fun to complete!
Response from Rosanna Clare:Hi Suki,
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.
I had a wonderful day learning how to work with leather. Rosanna made the process easy and was an excellent teacher. I made a lovely fold over clutch bag which I'm very proud of. I also purchased her book, which is full of useful tips and patterns. I can't wait to start making my own leather items 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.
Having no previous experience in working with leather I found the course excellent & Rosanna really knowledgeable and patient. I made a gorgeous bag and have had loads of compliments on it. I have just ordered my new sewing machine & can't wait to get started!
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!
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.