These one-day workshops are fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. Using upcycled leather first make a small (15 x 11cm) 96 page book which will introduce you to all the basic bookbinding and leather working techniques. Then make a larger (21 x 15cm) 120 page book with a wraparound leather cover. The hardest part is choosing the fastening.

You will go home with two journals. The larger one can be designed to include pens or pencils. Good quality cartridge is available or if you have a favourite paper please bring it with you.  There will always be a good range of black and brown up-cycled leather.  There will be some coloured leather, depending on what I’ve been able to source. You’ll have a good supply of vintage buttons to rummage through and each journal will be totally unique. Choose bright contrasting colours or go into stealth mode and produce something all in black – the choice is yours. With a few simple tools you’ll have the skills to make these journals at home.

Workshop 1: Leather long stitch journals

This technique is very simple to master and looks stunning. Learn how to fold the paper to make sections and then choose a contrasting thread to attach the sections to the upcycled leather. In this workshop the paper sections are sewn directly into the leather. On the spine you will see the thread in a series of parallel lines, one for each section.

Workshop 2: Leather travel journals

Learn to fold the paper to make paper sections. Then sew each of the three sections so it’s an individual notebook. Each of the notebooks slides into the leather cover and is held in place with elastic cord, the elastic makes a feature on the spine. The notebooks can be removed and replaced with new ones when they’re full, and you’ll make extras to take away with you as refills.

What’s included in workshops?

All materials and handouts. There will be lots of homemade cake and tea/coffee in Chichester, Fareham and Stockbridge. Please bring your own packed lunch (there is a cafe on the premises in Cranleigh).

How do I book?

I run workshops in a range of locations and venues, all the workshops run from 10am to 4.30pm. To find the dates/locations for upcoming workshops please consult the “Upcoming workshops” section on this page. To book for a specific location, please use the details below.

Chichester (West Sussex) – £75

To secure your place at a workshop in Chichester  please contact me. Then please arrange payment of the full amount by either PayPal, cheque or BACS. Once I have the payment I will confirm your place and send you full joining instructions, you can find details of my Chichester cancellation policy here. There will be a maximum of 3 in Chichester.

Stockbridge (Hampshire) – £80

For The Bobbin Sewing School in Stockbridge please book via their website. If you have any questions or would like to talk over the content please contact me directly. There will be a maximum of 5 in Stockbridge.

Fareham (Hampshire) – £75

For The Jolly Stitcher in Fareham, please book via their website. Please get in touch directly with any questions about the content. There will be a maximum of 6 in Fareham.

Cranleigh (Surrey) – £85

For Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey, please book via the website of The Crafting Place.  For any questions about the content please contact me directly. There will be a maximum of 6 people in the workshop.

Upcoming workshops

Please find below a list of the latest workshops running.

Leather long stitch journals

  • Sat 2 February, Chichester
  • Sat 16 February, Chichester (Full)
  • Sat 2 March, Fareham
  • Sat 9 March, Cranleigh
  • Thurs 21 March, Chichester
  • Sat 27 April, Chichester
  • Sat 18 May, Stockbridge
  • Wed 29 May, Chichester
  • Sat 29 June, Chichester

Leather travel journals

  • Thurs 28 March, Chichester

“I do quite a few workshops and this one is one of the very best I have ever done. I have come home with two books made – and of sufficient quality that I can give them as gifts. I was so impressed with my books, I felt as though I was brilliant.”

Jayne, 2018