Williams Handmade reviews

30 Jul 23'

Stephen Roberts reviewed: One Day Leather Bag Making Workshop

"I left at the end of the day with a completed bag having learnt all the requisite techniques. The course fulfilled all my expectations. The workshop was very well suited and well equipped, Sarah was knowledgeable, patient and willing to aid where required. The other course participants were an absolute delight as well. A thoroughly enjoyable day."

30 Jul 23'

Sue Barrass reviewed: One Day Leather Bag Making Workshop

"Great, course, great tutor, great place, great company and great lunch. Had a wonderful day- Sarah was so helpful and kept everyone at the same stage, even though we made different styles of bag, by surreptitiously doing little bits to help us along. Thank you, Sarah- really pleased with my bag."

24 Jun 23'

Sally reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"Had a wonderful day on the saddle bag workshop. Would definitely recommend this workshop - so much fun and learnt a lot and got to take a beautiful bag home that I made! Sarah showed us all step by step what to do and explained everything clearly and was always at hand to help out when we needed. Lunch was brilliant too! Me and my friend both had a wonderful day and we both have a beautiful leather bag to show for it! Thanks Sarah for such a fabulous course - we will definitely be back to do a different bag soon! x"

24 Jun 23'

Amanda Clay reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"Fully recommend Sarah’s leather bag workshop. Had a great day in a lovely environment learning the techniques and I’m so happy with the bag that I made. Sarah is a great teacher, will help you as little or much as you need and she has lots of tricks to resolve any mistakes. Lunch is good too!"

6 Apr 20'

Gill Rogers reviewed: Two day leather bag making course

"My daughter and I both had the most amazing time and experience on this 2 day leather workshop and came away with two fantastic leather bags!!! Can't believe how professional and beautifully handcrafted our bags look, so proud and all thanks to Sarah for her amazing talent, expertise and guidance, we learnt far more than expected from this traditional leather craft. The building and beautiful large studio is stunning, delicious lunch and generous servings of coffee, fresh fruit and cake throughout the day was brilliant!!! Thank you so much for everything Sarah, Tara and I absolutely loved every minute and had the best time ever, we will always treasure our handbags and will definitely be back to do it all again!!! All our very best wishes Gill & Tara xx"

10 Jul 19'

Sharon Lee reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"My friend and I did the cross-body bag in a day workshop. It was really interesting & everyone produced fantastic bags. Sarah was an excellent and patient teacher. We came away very proud of bags & a newly learnt skill. Well worth the money, would love to do another one & the dogs are lovely!"

8 Jan 19'

Half day clutch bag reviewed: Half day leather clutch bag

"We had a really fantastic morning on this course with Sarah. She is so kind and patient, and so good at what she does! I will definately be back for more! Thank you!"

7 Jan 19'

Shelby green reviewed: Half day leather clutch bag

"So happy with my clutch!! Loved it, lots of leathers and designs on offer. Sarah is a lovely and patient teacher."

16 Oct 18'

Shelly McLean reviewed: Leather Workshop One - on - One

"I have just attended a one on one leather workshop whereby I had the opportunity to make a bag of my own design (Sarah also had plenty of excellent designs to chose from). From the moment of arrival I felt put at ease and the pace of the workshop suited me really well. I had no prior knowledge of sewing or leather making and I am really thrilled with what I achieved under the skillful eye of Sarah. I would highly recommend this amazing day which takes place in a lovely workshop in beautiful countryside and you get a cracking lunch and coffee as well. Cannot wait to start using my unique bag!"

14 Aug 18'

Eileen Brown reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"I loved every part of this workshop. Sarah was extremely patient with everyone on the course, explaining all concepts clearly and giving us practical demonstrations. She ensured that everyone successfully made a unique, hand-made saddlebag in a day and take home something to be proud of. This is one bag that will never go to a charity shop for sure! I would love to make another Eileen-designed bag and am planning what item I can make next :-) Thank you so much Sarah for teaching me such a great new skill!"

12 Aug 18'

Fiona Johnson reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"Sarah's saddlebag course was great fun in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She was so knowledgable and patient and I came away with a good solid understanding of the skills we learnt that day. I hope to be back to one of her courses in the future as would love to learn more. thank you very much."

12 Aug 18'

Trudi Handy reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"An excellent day, Sarah was brilliant, patient and very skilled. I came away with a bag that I will use and treasure."

17 Jul 18'

Sally hicks reviewed: Half day leather clutch bag

"I want to go again, that says it all!"

16 Jul 18'

Laura Davis reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"Such an amazing day, it was the perfect way to zone out from daily life and enjoy a new craft. I was a complete novice but Sarah was on hand at every step and gave clear and helpful advice and tips. I am over the moon with my bag, it's doing me proud and it smells amazing! ? I'll be looking to do another course soon and I've been recommending left, right and centre. Thanks Sarah."

30 Apr 18'

Bev Archer reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"Great patient tuition allowed me, a complete beginner, to proudly take home a completed leather saddle bag! Highly recommended."

15 Apr 18'

Imogene reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"I did the 1 day saddle bag course. It was great! As a complete novice Sarah talked us through each step clearly and by the end of the day we had all made a unique item that we could be proud of. Thanks Sarah. I would definitely recommend any course with you."

13 Apr 18'

Sally Rowney reviewed: Leather Workshop One - on - One

"I had a wonderful day with Sarah making a rucksack style handbag. I had great communication before the day (which was a Christmas present) from Sarah asking about likes and dislikes, colours, what kind of thing I was interested in making etc. Sarah even offered to get in leather of a colour that I wanted (if I knew what colour I wanted before the day) so that I could make in a colour of my choice. I didn't know what colour I wanted, so gave her my favourite colours and she had all of them available on the day. I can't remember exactly how many colours of leather were availbale on the day, but it was more than 10, probably closer to 20. Sarah was interested to learn what type of thing I wanted to make and asked me to email her pictures. So I sent her ones of the type of rucksack style handbag that I liked and ones I didn't like with some notes, so that she knew which bits I liked/dislisked and why. The workshop space was lovely, tidy, roomy and light filled. It was a lovely space in which to work. It was quite obvious Sarah was used to teaching people with a wide range of skills and quickly adapted her instruction and style to match my skill level. Her work as a university lecturer, combined with her nature, has given her the skills to set people at ease and take away any fears and make it a very enjoyable experience. Lunch was lovely - bread rolls filled by Sarah, cakes, fruit and crisps. Tea/coffee/squash/water. Biscuits available if wanted at morning and afternoon break times, along with drinks. I have already told my husband he can buy me another workshop with Sarah any time he likes as I enjoyed myself so much. I would highly recommend the 1:1 workshop day with Sarah. Sally"

12 Apr 18'

jodie wingham reviewed: Leather Workshop One - on - One

"I attended a one to one workshop with Sarah recently and it was brilliant! I had been on a previous course with Sarah, the half a day course, which was also fantastic and decided I had to come back to learn more and the one to one course Sarah provides was just what I wanted. Sarah was very informative and helpful, her knowledge is immense but with this she does not make things overtly complicated ensuring you have enough information to make what you want and in the process learn what you want too. By the end of the day I had made a fantastic bag which I love, and the skills to practice myself with leather work. I would recommend attending a course to anyone."

Williams Handmade responded:

" Thanks Jodie, you did a great job on your bag, looking forward to seeing what you make next, thanks Sarah"

6 Apr 18'

Kelly reviewed: Leather Workshop One - on - One

"I travelled from Scotland to do 2 days one to one workshops with Sarah and can honestly say it was absolutely worth the journey. Sarah was patient and really open when teaching. I feel like I've learned loads of new skills that I'll use at home as well as making 3 beautiful bags over the 2 days. The workshop is situated in a beautiful area. I'd definitely like to do come back for another workshop and would highly recommend Sarah's workshops to anyone from a total beginner or like me who has dabbled a little bit with making bags but wants to improve and learn new skills."

Williams Handmade responded:

" Thank you Kelly, it was lovely to meet you, I hope to see you again at some point, Thanks Sarah"

30 Mar 18'

Anne Pascoe reviewed: Two day leather bag making course

"I attended the two day workshop with my daughter. This is the third leather course we have been on, but the first with Sarah. The workshop is bright and airy as was Sarah's welcome. The quality of Sarah's teaching was the best we have received. She is very generous with her time and her patterns. We were very surprised to be able to use the patterns for any of the bags she makes. Her teaching methods were such that you didn't realise how much you were learning and even when you were struggling, through no fault of Sarah's, she was instantly aware and eager to help you over any problems. She provided excellent refreshments and lunch. It was wonderful to come away with a finished bag. My only regret is that Sarah is a 6 hour drive away from where we live or I am sure we would both be regulars at her workshops. I can highly recommend this activity either as a solo student or in the company of friends."

Williams Handmade responded:

" Thank you so much for the lovely review. It was lovely to meet you both and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop :)"

27 Mar 18'

Adrian Allan reviewed: Two day leather bag making course

"Wonderfully educational, very satisfying, beautiful workshop, delicious food and great fun. Sarah is an excellent teacher who will set you up to start making your bag and then step in to help out and advise if needed. She was really flexible when I asked if I could make a non-standard bag and was fantastically helpful to make sure I finished it. I couldn't recommend Sarah and the course highly enough - so much better than buying a bag."

Williams Handmade responded:

" Hi Adrian, thank you so much for your lovely review. I hope your daughter loved her bag :)"

26 Mar 18'

Emily Allan reviewed: Two day leather bag making course

"I really enjoyed the course. Sarah's studio is light and peaceful . She is an excellent teacher and the course was very well planned. Sarah was able to be very flexible supporting us all to make different bags, teaching us all the necessary skills and assisting us when necessary. She was incredibly patient, had a good sense of humour and a really skilled craft's woman. I was so happy with the bag I was able to make and may choose to go on the course again as it was such a satisfying enjoyable weekend. There was tea, delicious coffee and biscuits when ever we wanted and a great lunch was also provided."

Williams Handmade responded:

" Hi Emily, thank you so much for lovely review. I hope you are enjoying using your bag. Please do come back again."

4 Feb 18'

amy billings reviewed: Half day leather clutch bag

"Really relaxed half day course, feel like it wasn't rushed, learnt heaps, great group size."

4 Feb 18'

Helen Godding reviewed: One Day Small Leather Goods Workshop

"Very sociable meeting others. Didnt realise there were so many stages to making a bag. It was hard work concentrating . Didnt think i would remember the stitching sequence but soon got into the cycle and found it quite relaxing. Very pleased with the results. Love my bag. We were very lucky to choose any colour leather. Excellent instruction , friendly tutor. Sarah was extremely patient with us all. Nice food and drinks. Catered for all drinks. Great to have fruit teas and decaf drinks, appreciated. Great day. Thanks very much."

26 Jan 18'

Alison reviewed: Two day leather bag making course

"I would really recommend this course. We made a small purse to get into the swing of things and then had a wide choice of pattern and leather for our main bag which meant we all had something completely different and personal to us. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the skills from Sarah who was an excellent teacher and I am absolutely delighted with the final product."

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