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Training Workshop Ticketing Change Over

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Training Workshop Ticketing now hosted on our own website!

Links to our Leatherwork Training Workshops on Eventbrite are now out of date. All Training Workshops with remaining availability can be booked directly on our website at

Some workshops may remain visible on Eventbrite, but show up as sold out. Tickets may still be available by following the link above.

Keeping our Fees Low

We have taken the decision to add a payment / ticketing plug-in onto the events package we already use.  This is because our sales come either through our listings at or from our own website / Facebook or Twitter. This decision will reduce the commission we pay on each ticket hopefully allowing us to maintain our current workshop pricing during 2019.

Existing Bookings

If you have already booked one of our workshops either directly with us or via Eventbrite, your reminders etc. will most likely still come from Eventbrite as this is a phased change over.

Any Issues?

If you experience any issues booking a workshop through the new system please contact us by sending an email to

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Two Day Leather Bag Making Workshop Launched!

Leather Bag Workshop - Evancliffe Leathercraft

Learn to make a hand stitched leather bag in this two day workshop by Evancliffe Leathercraft.

Evancliffe Leathercraft are pleased to announce the launch of their new two day Leather Bag Workshop. This is an ideal introduction to leatherwork through the making of your own leather bag at Evancliffe Leathercraft’s Wolsingham base overlooking beautiful Weardale in County Durham.

First Scheduled Dates:

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018. (10:00am – 5:30pm Day One, 9:am – 4:30pm Day Two)

Book onto the Bag Making Workshop:

To book onto the first scheduled bag making workshop on the 6th & 7th October 2018 visit the Bag Making on 6th & 7th October Eventbrite Page.

What you learn:

  • Mark and cut out leather.
  • Cutting leather to form straps.
  • Dying Veg Tan Leather.
  • Preparing the leather to be stitched including marking and making the holes for stitching.
  • Hand stitching leather using the traditional saddle stitch method.
  • Riveting leather.
  • Attaching accessories such as D-rings, fasteners, sliders and buckles*.
  • Burnishing & Applying finish the leather.

Choose from a selection of patterns with the potential to add your own customisation to the bag as well. (* Some items used will depend on the style of bag chosen.)

Leather Bag Workshop Duration:

The workshop runs from 10:00am – 5:30pm on Day 1 and 9:00am – 4:30pm on Day 2.

What is Included in the Leather Bag Workshop:

All leather and tool use is included in the price of the workshop. We include tea, coffee and biscuits in the price however participants should bring their own packed lunch and any snaks / soft drinks you require each day. Accommodation IS NOT included in the price but Evancliffe Leathercraft are members of the Weardale Visitor Network. Many local accommodation providers are listed on their website. Please see below for a link.

What to Wear:

Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring a suitable apron. As we use a stitching pony to hold the work we also recommend wearing trousers instead of a skirt or kilt.

For more information email:

Local Attractions & Accommodation:

Many of our students travel some distance to take part in our workshops and may need to find accommodation for one or two nights locally. Many also remark on how beautiful Weardale is, something that you will see first-hand if you take part in one of our workshops overlooking Weardale.

Evancliffe Leathercraft are members of the Weardale Visitor Network, a partnership of businesses who have a passion and commitment for developing the tourism trade and visitor experience within Weardale. To find out more about Weardale and to access local accommodation please visit the WVN website at

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel your booking for any reason please contact us as soon as possible.
Our refund policy is:

Over 28 days before the workshop date: Full refund OR alternative date if available.
Between 14 and 28 days before the workshop date: 75% refund OR alternative date if available.
Less than 14 days before the workshop date: No refund given.

Refunds due will be paid to the original payee by the original payment method. If you do not turn up for your workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund nor will you be eligible to move your booking to an alternative date.
In the unlikely event that a workshop has to be cancelled by Evancliffe Leathercraft, you will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to book onto an alternative workshop (if available). You will be given as much notice as possible if a workshop has to be cancelled.

This policy may be subject to change so please check at the time of booking. The policy in place at the time of booking a place on a workshop will apply in the event of cancellation.

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25th Celebration Day – Durham Dales Centre

Durham Dales Centre 25th
Durham Dales Centre 25th

Durham Dales Centre, Castle gardens, Stanhope, County Durham. DL13 2FJ

Saturday 1st October 2016 – 11am – 3pm.

The Durham Dales Centre is celebrating 25 years.

Come along and meet Spider Man, Snow White, Kids Crafts, Meet the Makers, Stanhope Fire Brigade, Air Ambulance, Mountain Rescue plus special offers and give aways. Don’t miss the fun!

Evancliffe Leathercraft will not just be selling our products here, but for a small fee you can stamp your own design onto a leather shape such as a bookmark, coaster or wristband and take it away with you!  We will also be running our popular “Stitch an Inch” activity where visitors can have a go at traditional Saddle Stitch.

You’ll find us in our new Green & White Tent!

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Auckland Castle Heritage Skills Festival


Auckland Castle Heritage Skill Festival
Auckland Castle Heritage Skill Festival

Saturday 15 October 2016 – Sunday 16 October 2016 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Auckland Castle, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 7NR

Join a wide range of traditional building and craftspeople for the first Auckland Castle Heritage Skills Festival.

You can come and try a wide range of building and handcrafts and find out more about our heritage skills workshops running throughout 2016 and 17.

Pick up a gift from one of the craft stalls.

This is a FREE to enter event and no booking is required so please do drop in and have a go.
Suitable for the whole family.

Stamp Your Own with Evancliffe leathercraft

Evancliffe Leathercraft will not just be selling our products here, but for a small fee you can stamp your own design onto a leather shape such as a bookmark, coaster or wristband and take it away with you!  We will also be running our popular “Stitch an Inch” activity where visitors can have a go at traditional Saddle Stitch.

Auckland Castle heritage Skills Festival Event Details 

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Free Leatherwork Preston Park Christmas Bazaar – Sunday 6th December


Preston Park Museum Christmas Bazaar - 6th December 2015
Preston Park Museum Christmas Bazaar – 6th December 2015





Free Leatherwork Demonstration & Activities

Evancliffe Leathercraft in partnership with Preston Park Museum & Grounds and the HLF River Tees Rediscovered A Spirit of Place Project are pleased to announce that they will be providing FREE Leatherwork demonstrations and hands on activities at Preston Park’s Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 6th December 2015 from 10am – 4pm.


Hands On Leatherwork!

Adults and Children alike can have a go at creating their own unique leatherwork item with absolutely no charge for the activity thank’s to the generosity of the River Tees Rediscovered A Spirit of Place Project.

You will be able to choose what you want to decorate  from a number of leather items including:

  •  Wristbands
  • Bookmarks
  • Key Rings
  • Hair Barrettes
  • Festive Shapes

Stitch an Inch of leatherwork!

Try your hand at the traditional art of Saddle Stitch. Sit down and use a Stitching Pony to hold a piece of leather while hand stitching along the edge with saddlers needles and waxed linen thread. Find out how we get that nice neat evenly spaced stitching you see on quality hand crafted leather goods.

(Hands On & Stitch an Inch subject to availability.)

Range of Leatherwork!

Barrel Bag by Evancliffe Leathercraft
Barrel Bag by Evancliffe Leathercraft

Evancliffe lLeathercraft will have a range of leatherwork available to view and purchase. Items will include key rings, jewellery, coin purses, bags, waterbottles, tankards and more!

 Preston Park Christmas Bazaar!

The Preston Park Christmas Bazaar is open on Saturday & Sunday the 5th & 6th December 2015 from 10am – 4pm.

(Please note that Evancliffe Leathercraft will only be demonstrating leatherwork on Sunday 6th December.)

Enjoy a weekend full of festivities at Preston Park’s Traditional Christmas Bazaar on the Victorian Street.

  • Unique gifts for all the family from our hand-picked market stalls
  • Visit Father Christmas
  • Write a letter to the North Pole
  • Handcrafted wooden tree sculptures
  • Sample festive foodie delights
  • Heritage craft demonstrations

Preston Park Christmas Bazaar Event Information


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Leather Workshops at Hardwick Park’s Mongolian Yurt!

Belt & Journal Workshop - 14th November
Belt & Journal Workshop – 14th November

Leather  Workshops in The Yurt at Hardwick Park

Evancliffe Leathercraft have been invited by Hardwick Park to deliver Leather Workshops in their Mongolian Yurt.

The Hardwick Park Yurt, one of the largest in the region, can accommodate up to 60 people, however, numbers for the Leather Workshops we intend to host there will be much much smaller.  In fact, our Leather Workshops will each be aimed at a maximum of 5 people.

With colourful bunting and a wood-burning stove the weatherproof Yurt provides an ideal place for craft and educational activities even on a cold day!

The First Leather Workshops in The Hardwick Park Yurt

The first One Day Evancliffe Leathercraft Leather Workshops in the Yurt at Hardwick Park will start on the 14th November 2015.  Two workshops will run concurrently after sharing a joint introduction.  Up to 10 people can take part, with up to 5 people making a Hand Stitched Leather Belt and another 5 people (max) making a Hand Bound Leather Journal.

Belt Making Workshop (Introduction to Leatherwork)

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

This one day Workshop will introduce you to the principles of hand crafted leatherwork through the making of your own hand stitched, hand dyedleather belt.

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

Hand Bound Leather Journal Workshop

Leather Hand Bound Red Heart Notebook
Leather Hand Bound Journal

This hands-on workshop will teach you to make a hand bound leather journal from scratch.  Starting with a large sheet of paper you’ll be guided through the process of turning it into the individual pages of the journal, binding them together and adding a leather cover as well as a page marker.

You will be given the opportunity to dye the veg tan leather  to form the cover as well as adding decoration using embossing / stamping it if you wish.

What’s included

The price includes tuitionuse of tools and materials including the leather, buckles,  paper etc. dependant on the options chosen.  Tea & Coffee will be provided.  Please bring your own lunch and any soft drinks / snacks you  require, alternatively refreshments are available from the near by Hardwick Park Visitor’s Centre.

Information & Booking:

For more informationabout our Workshops in the Yurt at Hardwick Park please visit our website at:


Hardwick Park Location:

The Yurt is at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland TS21 2DN <View on Map>

Hardwick Park on the Web:

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Craft Fairs, Events & Workshops 2015

We’re hoping to run more workshops and  attend more events and craft fairs during 2015 than we ever have before!  So that you know where we will be and when we have now created a page dedicated to Training Workshops  and one dedicated to Markets, Shows & Events.

You can use the top menu to access these or click on the following links:

Markets, Shows & Events

Training Workshops


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We had a belting time in Newton Aycliffe making Leather Belts

Our first Introduction to leatherwork – leather belt making workshop in Newton Aycliffe went well.

Students were introduced to the principles of hand crafted leatherwork through the making of their very own hand stitched, hand dyed, leather belt in this one day hands on workshop.

Practice Piece

The students practiced all the techniques they would need for making the belt  including strap cutting, cutting leather, marking out, stitching etc.  by first producing a small leather bookmark.

Threading a Needle
Threading a Needle

Belting Up

With these skills mastered, the students set off to make the actual belt.  First they cut a strap using a strap cutter.  They then marked out the end of the belt for the buckle and made the required holes using a hole punch and knife.  Following this, the stitching was marked out.

At this stage we showed them how to apply the dye to colour the belt.  They both chose a different colour and applied the dye.

Dying a Belt
A student dyes his belt


Once the dye was dry (it does not take long) the students practiced their new skill of saddle stitch and sewed a buckle of their choice on to the end of the belt.

Wendy Elsdon of Evancliffe Leathercraft assisting a student.
Wendy Elsdon of Evancliffe Leathercraft assisting a student.


The Buckle has been sewn onto the belt.
The Buckle has been sewn onto the belt.


The belt was then measured, holes punched and the end shaped to the traditional “Church Window” shape.

The dye was touched up where the end had been cut, the edges were burnished and the belt was finished with a special cream.  Both the students left happy with their new skills and their very own hand crafted belt!

Students Proudly Display their Finished Belts
Students Proudly Display their Finished Belts


We have had some great feedback from people about out Belt Making Workshops:

“The hands-on leathercraft workshop that Clive and Wendy offer are first class. They explain everything in 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.

“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. 

Future Workshops

Our belt making workshop costs £60.00  per person and includes tuition, use of the tools , the leather for the belt and a buckle.

Tea & Coffee is be provided but students are advised to bring their own lunch and any soft drinks / snacks they  require.  (Local shopping facilities may be available depending on venue.)


You can find out about our planned workshops at or contact us to arrange bespoke workshops by email to