‘Had a wonderful day learning new skills with the fantastic Lynne. She explained everything beautifully and in a simple to understand way. I was so thrilled to have actually made something to take home that looked professional and useful. Great value for money and great hospitality (especially the homemade cake!)’  Penny, October 2017

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.

You’ll find over 40 five star reviews from happy students at craftcourses.com


What’s the price for the day? (10.00 – 4.30)

£75 in Chichester, West Sussex, and at The Jolly Stitcher in Fareham, Hampshire.

£80 at Bobbin Sewing School in Stockbridge, Hampshire.

£85 at Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey.

What’s included?

All materials and handouts.  There will be lots of homemade cake and tea/coffee in Chichester, Fareham and Stockbridge.  There is a cafe on the premises in Cranleigh.

Stunning results at the end of the day

What should I bring?

Please bring a packed lunch.

Where’s the venue?

My studio in Chichester, West Sussex.

Bobbin Sewing School in Stockbridge, Hampshire.

The Jolly Stitcher in Fareham, Hampshire.

Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey.



Go home with two journals and the skills to make more

Long Stitch Workshops 2018     


Sat 24 November, Fareham, The Jolly Stitcher (full)



Long Stitch Workshops 2019

Contrasting thread makes the long stitch really stand out. The blue journal has a black leather tie and the smaller one is closed with elastic.


Sat 16 February, Chichester

Sat 2 March, Fareham,  The Jolly Stitcher

Sat 9 March, Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey

Thurs 21 March, Chichester

Sat 27 April, Chichester

Sat 18 May, Stockbridge, Bobbin Sewing School

Wed 29 May, Chichester

Sat 29 June, Chichester


There will be a Travel Journal Workshop on Thursday 28th March 2019. Please get in touch if you are interested in attending.

Travel Journals have removable sections


How do I book?

To secure your place in Chichester  please contact me to check there’s space and talk over any queries.  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.

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.

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.

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.

‘Absorbing and rewarding day! Lynne made us very welcome and the small group size meant that we had plenty of individual attention and support. The structure of the day was spot-on, with clear step-by-step demonstrations and illustrated hand-outs so we could go on to make more journals at home if we wished. Everyone had their own set of tools so nobody was held up in a queue! Even the coffee and lunch breaks were placed appropriately between different stages in the process. Plenty of choice of leather, thread and elastic so we could make our books truly personal. The whole structure made it inevitable that we would succeed: brilliant! I’ve already booked to learn a slightly different technique. Thank you so much, Lynne!’     Wendy, April 2018