Would learn like to learn a new skill? One which will give you a real sense of self sufficiency and enable you to make beautiful, useful and long lasting things for everyday use for you, your friends and your family?
I have been making and creating all my life and can vouch for the satisfaction which can be found in taking raw materials and through the application of skill and a little perseverance, crafting an object and it's even better if that object can then be used everyday for a specific purpose. It gives you complete control over the materials you are using, allowing you to make ecologically better decisions and means you don't have to trail through the shops, trying to find the perfect item which doesn't exist and if it did, you'd have to pay over the odds, for a sub standard product.
The skills I pass on don't require machines, in fact I made it a requirement of the work I do that I wouldn't use any materials or tools which I wouldn't be able to make or fix myself if the electrics got cut off or the oil ran out. This means that it's accessible for you too. An awl, some thread and two needles is all that is needed. With these skills you can make things from scratch yourself and repair things too, reducing waste and consumption, two very important boxes ticked.
So if this appeals to you, read on to find out when and where you can start your own little craft revolution in 2019...
Please get in touch to find out how to book your place, thank you...
Remember, if you are a craft group, interested group of friends or you have a knack of grabbing people in off the street then I can do a workshop especially for you and what your group would like to learn. Just get in touch with me on ruthpullan[@]hotmail.co.uk
In the past I have done purse, belt, knife sheath, axe sheath and sandal making workshops so there is something for everyone and all abilities...
22nd and 23rd - Artison, Masham, North Yorkshire
This is a two day workshop but you can also do the individual days as well.
The first day is an introduction to leatherwork and then the second day we will make a little bag. So you can do the two days together or individually, although I would recommend only doing the bag making day if you have a bit of prior experience of leatherwork as there is a lot of stitching to do!
Artison workshops are always a lot of fun and involve a lot of delicious homecooked food so come hungry and ready for a fun time :)
Please note, the first day is now fully booked however there are still places available on the second day of bag making.
8th & 9th - Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset
I will teach you the basic skills needed to make a leather belt and a simple coin purse. With these skills you will then be able to go on to make bags, simple sandals and shoes as well as repairs to existing things you might have which need a bit of TLC!
We will be using traditional oak bark tanned leather from J & FJ Baker in Colyton, which is only a few miles away from Monkton Wyld. This workshop presents a wonderful opportunity to work with this beautiful and timeless material.
28th - Three Little Pigs, Pershore, Worcestershire
This is a day long introduction to leatherwork hosted by Fiona at Three Little Pigs, a lovely little venue in Birlingham near Pershore. You will learn how to make a purse and a belt and it will be the usual mix of learning new skills and great conversation :)
JulyGreystoke Cycle Café, Cumbria 9.30-4.30pm
I will be running two day long workshops on how to make a small hand stitched leather bag. You will learn to dye leather, stitch by hand, prepare and finish the edges and simple pattern cutting.
**Please note, due to the amount of stitching required for this project, it is advisable that you have done a previous introductory course in hand stitched leatherwork. If you haven't, I am very happy to come and teach you and a friend or small group the necessary skills. Please see above for details on my mobile leather workshop and costs for a day of teaching.**
£75 plus £25 material charge payable on the day. The price also includes a delicious home cooked lunch and lots of sweet treats throughout the day :)