Leather travel journals workshop

This one-day workshop is fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two upcycled leather travel journals, similar to the Midori journals. Each journal contains notebooks which are held in place with elastic cord and can be replaced when full.

What’s covered in the workshop?

The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. You’ll start in the morning by making three notebooks to fit a passport size leather travel journal with a wraparound cover (this will introduce you to all the basic techniques). In the afternoon session you’ll be learning more techniques and constructing a larger and more complex journal than in the morning session.

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

You’ll learn the following skills during the workshop:

  • Finding the grain of paper
  • Folding the paper to make notebooks using a bone folder
  • Making templates for the stitching holes
  • Using an awl to make the paper holes
  • Sewing the notebooks with pamphlet stitch
  • Choosing your leather (it will be pre-cut)
  • Using a Japanese Screw Punch to cut holes in the leather
  • Stringing the leather cover with elastic
  • Making pockets in the journal
  • 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 it’s necessary to book via the third party provider I work with).

Booking in Chichester, West Sussex – £80 (3 places)

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. You’ll find details of my Chichester cancellation policy here.


Do I need to bring anything?

All materials and handouts are included. There will be lots of homemade cake and tea/coffee, please bring a packed lunch.

Upcoming workshops 2019

Dates for September 2019 to February 2020 coming soon.

A really enjoyable day and I’m really pleased with the books I have brought home. Lynne’s instructions are very clear, including those on the handout which will enable me to make more books at home. Lynne has endless patience and was very helpful. There was an extensive choice of materials too. I had a great day.

Ros, 2018