Leather long stitch journals workshop

This one-day workshop is fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two upcycled leather journals using the long stitch technique which is simple to master and looks stunning (no glue involved).

What’s covered in the workshop?

The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. You’ll start in the morning by making a small A6 book with a wraparound leather cover (this will introduce you to all the basic techniques). In the afternoon session you’ll be learning more advanced techniques and constructing a larger and more complex leather journal.

At the end of the workshop you’ll go home with two unique leather journals with wraparound covers. You’ll also have the bookmaking and leatherworking skills to make more at home.

You’ll learn the following skills during the workshop:

  • Finding the grain of the paper
  • Folding the paper to make sections using a bone folder
  • Making a template and using an awl
  • Choosing leather (it will be precut)
  • Using a Japanese Screw Punch to make holes in the leather
  • Mastering the dramatic ‘Long Stitch’ sewing technique
  • Sewing buttons on to leather or making ties
  • Incorporating the features of the recycled leather into your design

How can you book onto a workshop?

I run workshops in a number of locations, you can find details on how to book onto a workshop at each location on this page (Please note in some locations you will need to book via the third party provider I work with).

Booking in Chichester, West Sussex – £75 (Max of 3)

To book please contact me by email or telephone 07908 961 229 to check there’s space. Please then pay by either PayPal, BACS or cheque. I’ll then confirm your place and send you full joining instructions. Please find details of my Chichester cancellation policy here.

Booking in Stockbridge, Hampshire – £80 (Max of 5)

For The Bobbin Sewing School in Stockbridge please book via their website. Alternatively you can contact Alison Warner on 07786 405213 or by email on hello@bobbinsewingschool.co.uk. Please contact me directly with any questions about the content of the workshop.

Booking in Fareham, Hampshire – £75 (Max of 6)

For The Jolly Stitcher in Fareham, please book via their website. Alternatively you can contact Lynn Onions on 01329 608017 or via email contact@jolly-stitcher.co.uk. Please get in touch with me directly with any questions about the content of the workshop.

Booking in Cranleigh, Surrey – £85 (Max of 6)

For Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey, please book via the website of The Crafting Place. Alternatively you can contact Vicki Hodge on 07495 648513 or via email on contact@the craftingplace.co.uk. For any questions about the content please contact me directly.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials and handouts are included. There will be lots of homemade cake and tea/coffee in Chichester, Fareham and Stockbridge, but please bring a packed lunch. Unfortunately I am cannot supply food or drink in Cranleigh as there is a cafe on the premises.

Upcoming workshops 2019

  • Thursday 21 March, Chichester – Full
  • Saturday 27 April, Chichester – 1 place left
  • Saturday 18 May, Stockbridge
  • Wednesday 29 May, Chichester – 1 place left
  • Saturday 29 June, Chichester

An excellent day. Lynne leads you through the processes in a clear and friendly manner, with lots of inspirational suggestions as you go to make two very individual and personal books. Sharing ideas, laughs and delicious cake made it a great day. Highly recommended.

Helen 2018