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Some feedback about our leather products & workshops.

“A beautiful hand crafted leather journal for my wife. Amazing quality and great customer service. Perfect gift…thanks!”  – Tom B. (Hand bound leather journal.)

“Beautiful little journal, hand tooled and finished to a fabulous standard, can’t recommend enough.” – Vannesa W.   (Hand bound leather journal.)

“The hands-on leathercraft workshop that Clive and Wendy offer are first class. They explain everythingin an easy to understand manner, making the course idea for total beginners. The cost of the workshop includes all material so there are no surprises or extra costs.” – Jayson G. (Introduction to Leathercraft – Belt Making Workshop.)

“Thanks to Clive and Wendy for a great course today. Karen really likes the leather belt I made for her and I now know that I will be spending any Xmas money on tools to make some more.” – Bill W. (Introduction to Leathercraft – Belt Making Workshop.)

“I just wanted to confirm I have received the item and am very pleased with it. Great service and product. ” – Ryan T. (Railway Tee-Key Holder.)

(Ryan also submitted another review to our facebook page about 3 months later, which we have added below.)

“Ordered my carriage key holder a while back for a more authentic look and the fact I wanted a solid hard wearing product. After several months use I am not disappointed. The item is well made looks fantastic and has been engraved with my initials. The service was quick and professional. Would and have recommended to colleagues.” – Ryan T. (Hand Stitched Leather Tee-Key / Carriage Key Holder with initials.)

“Collected my leather tankard from Clive Elsdon, absolutely chuffed, well worth the wait.” Alan A. (Custom made wet molded tankard.)

“I had a mobile phone case from these great folks, top of the bill, gets commented on all the time. I would urge you to get in touch, they will do bespoke items.” – Alan A. (Custom mobile phone case that could be used for one of two different phones.)

“A wonderful quality leather journal and belts for myself and Children. Well done to Wendy and Clive. Great service and products!” Gary F. (Custom made Leather Journal & Custom Made Leather Belts.)

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FAQ No.1 – What length of Belt do I need??

Hand Craft Leather Belt
Hand Craft Leather Belt

This is a question we get asked a lot when people order custom belts from us!  There are a few different  answers …

Men’s Trouser Waist Size

For men, the size of your belt is roughly the same as your trouser waste size plus 2″.  So if you’re wearing a 34″ waist pair of trousers, then you need a 36″ belt etc. etc.  This allows for the fact the belt goes around the outside of your trousers and that your shirt is tucked into your trousers etc.

Of course, that’s not always the best way to tell us.  We know that some trouser sizes actually vary from manufacturer to manufacturer or style to style.

Women’s Dress Size to Waist Size

Women’s clothes are not normally sold in a particular waist size but use a Dress Size system.  Converting this to a waist size  is not an exact science, but a rough guide for UK dress sizes is as follows:

Size 4 = 24.5″, Size 6 = 25.5″, Size 8 = 26.5″, Size 10 = 28.5″, Size 12 = 30.5″, Size 14 = “32.5”, Size 18 = “37.5”

Is there a simpler way?

Yes, we think there is anyway.  You can measure yourself.  Think about where the belt is going to sit, and simply measure around yourself at that point.   Let us have the actual measurement and that is what we will base the belt size on, adding 2″.

Simpler than that?

Possibly?  Have you got an existing belt you feel comfortable with?  If the answer is yes, what better thing to base the measurement of your new belt on?  But…

1) Do not simply take the size off it’s label.

Belts tend to reshape themselves and stretch over time.

2) The overall length of a belt, from end to end, is not what we are after.

This measurement would not be a great deal of use to us. It may include a random length at the end and it does not tell us where on the belt you are fastening it.

What do we need then?

What we want to know is the distance from the inside edge of the buckle frame to the hole you use on the belt.  Not the other holes, just simply the hole you use.  To help, we’ve prepared a diagram.  This should make it very simple to measure.

What length of belt do I need?
What length of belt do I need?

(If your buckle is the decorative style that has a protrusion on the back that clips into the hole on the belt, it’s that protrusion you should measure from.)

Anything else?

Belt Width

We’ll need to know what width the belt you want is.  Usual widths in inches are 1/2″, 1″ and 1 and a 1/2″.  If you are supplying the buckle, that will answer the question for us.


If you are providing measurements, please make sure you state what units you are using. (You’d be surprised!) We can handle Metric or Imperial, we’re not bothered which as long as we know what it is, mm, cm, inches, feet  etc. etc…

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Introduction to Leatherwork – Belt Making Course

Want to learn the basics of Hand Crafted Leatherwork?

Want to make your own hand stitched leather belt?


Hand Crafted leather Belt with Brass Buckle
Hand Crafted Leather Belt with Brass Buckle

Our one day course will introduce you to the principles of hand crafted leatherwork through the making of your own hand stitched, hand dyed, leather belt.

A Hands On course during which you will learn how to mark out, cut and dye veg tan leather to make a hand stitched leather belt.  You will  then prepare it for stitching and practice the technique of saddle stitch.  The course will also show you how to burnish the edges of the belt and finish the leather.

The price of £60.00 per person includes tuition, use of the tools , the leather for the belt and a buckle.  We provide Tea & Coffee on the day, but you should bring your own lunch and any soft drinks / snacks you  require.

Closed toe footwear should be worn.  If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring a suitable apron.

For information about this course and others we currently have scheduled please visit our Courses Page.


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Evancliffe Leathercraft – Craft Fairs 2014

After a busy time, this is it, the last craft fair before Christmas!

We have a busy time ahead exhibiting our leatherwork at  many local craft fairs in the run up to Christmas. So that you know where we will be, here is a list of events we are attending. Keep looking back as we will try to add new events as soon as we have confirmation.

Saturday 20th December 2014 – 10.00am – 3.00pm
LionMouth Rural Centre, Esh Winning, Durham. DH7 9QF

LionMouth Rural Centre Festive Open Day
LionMouth Rural Centre Festive Open Day

Evancliffe leatherwork (& Woodland Wendy) will be among the craft stall holders as Lionmouth Rural Centre celebrates the opening of the “Lions Den” with a day of celebration.

Lionmouth celebrates the festive season with art, craft, food and produce stalls plus a range of activities for young and old to participate in.  

LionMouth Rural Centre Website: LionMouth Rural Centre Website

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Welcome to Evancliffe Leathercraft’s New Website!

Evancliffe Leathercraft Work by Clive Elsdon
Evancliffe Leathercraft Work by Clive Elsdon

Welcome, and thank you for visiting.

Evancliffe Leathercraft showcases the leather work by Clive & Wendy Elsdon.

After becoming interested in leather work through making tool covers for our green woodworking tools, we decided to expand our

Evancliffe Leathercraft Work by Wendy Elsdon
Evancliffe Leathercraft Work by Wendy Elsdon

knowledge of the craft. This lead to enrolling on a Level 2 Creative Craft Course specialising in Leatherwork at Northumberland College in Hexham. This was the first course of it’s kind in the country.

Please keep coming back and taking a look at the items we are making. If you don’t see what you are looking for, contact us, it may be that we can make it for you.

We will also be offering (very soon) an Introduction to Leatherwork Course. Not only will you learn the basic skills of leatherwork, you’ll leave with a hand made belt! Watch out for more details, coming soon!