Love and Salvage crafts classes in London
Love and Salvage crafts classes in London

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Love and Salvage

25 reviews
25 reviews

Love and Salvage is trying to plug a gap - creating durable fashion accessories from waste materials and teaching others the skills to do the same!

Working with leather and bag and shoe making is easy. The workshops demystify techniques so that students leave with the knowledge to approach their own more complex projects.

We work with local furniture businesses collecting their waste leathers and fabrics to turn into accessories. So students have a huge range of trendy colours and textures to choose from. All abilities are supported in small classes in the designers own home.

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Crafts

Leather

Sewing

Shoe Making

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Suki Bishop
2 Jul
This was the second course that i attended with the lovely Eli at Love and Salvage .. so I knew I was going to have lots of fun lots of cups of tea and and end up with a product that I was extremely proud of. I made a pair of sneakers in a beautiful burgundy leather , which I wear very regularly. Eli as usual was informative and super friendly . i would highly highly recommend attending a class at Love and salvage, its quite addictive. xx
Suki Bishop
2 Jul
Eli was fabulous and welcoming and fun and inspiring. The workshop is her lovely studio in her house its light and airy and it makes one feel very creative. I did the bucket bag course and it was so much fun, i learnt how to thin leather to work with leather to work out the dimensions of my bag , and it turned out beautifully.
Yasmin
18 Jun
My partner and I did an online, two-day sneaker workshop with Eli, and we learned everything we needed to make a pair of sneakers from scratch. I still can't believe we did it! Eli is super lovely and inspiring, and she took us step-by-step through the process of envisioning sneakers, choosing colors, cutting out patterns and following them, sewing and painting the details of the shoes, punching holes for eyelets, and lastly, sewing the leather upper into the rubber sole. Eli provided everything we needed to create the sneakers and was a wonderful teacher from start to finish. I was so happy with the final product, and I felt like I made a new friend in the process. This is truly a special experience. This workshop is phenomenal!
Beth Hoskins
17 Jun
I recently did the sneaker making workshop with Eli and it was so great. There were loads of different leathers and paints to choose from so the design options were endless. Eli was a great teacher, especially when I struggled to get the hang of the sewing machine, and was the perfect balance of leaving me to get on with it and helping whenever asked. Really love my shoes and am sure they will get lots of compliments when I wear them.

Reviews

Suki Bishop
2 Jul
This was the second course that i attended with the lovely Eli at Love and Salvage .. so I knew I was going to have lots of fun lots of cups of tea and and end up with a product that I was extremely proud of. I made a pair of sneakers in a beautiful burgundy leather , which I wear very regularly. Eli as usual was informative and super friendly . i would highly highly recommend attending a class at Love and salvage, its quite addictive. xx
Suki Bishop
2 Jul
Eli was fabulous and welcoming and fun and inspiring. The workshop is her lovely studio in her house its light and airy and it makes one feel very creative. I did the bucket bag course and it was so much fun, i learnt how to thin leather to work with leather to work out the dimensions of my bag , and it turned out beautifully.
Yasmin
18 Jun
My partner and I did an online, two-day sneaker workshop with Eli, and we learned everything we needed to make a pair of sneakers from scratch. I still can't believe we did it! Eli is super lovely and inspiring, and she took us step-by-step through the process of envisioning sneakers, choosing colors, cutting out patterns and following them, sewing and painting the details of the shoes, punching holes for eyelets, and lastly, sewing the leather upper into the rubber sole. Eli provided everything we needed to create the sneakers and was a wonderful teacher from start to finish. I was so happy with the final product, and I felt like I made a new friend in the process. This is truly a special experience. This workshop is phenomenal!
Beth Hoskins
17 Jun
I recently did the sneaker making workshop with Eli and it was so great. There were loads of different leathers and paints to choose from so the design options were endless. Eli was a great teacher, especially when I struggled to get the hang of the sewing machine, and was the perfect balance of leaving me to get on with it and helping whenever asked. Really love my shoes and am sure they will get lots of compliments when I wear them.
Beth Hoskins
17 Jun
I recently did the sneaker making workshop with Eli and it was so great. There were loads of different leathers and paints to choose from so the design options were endless. Eli was a great teacher, especially when I struggled to get the hang of the sewing machine, and was the perfect balance of leaving me to get on with it and helping whenever asked. Really love my shoes and am sure they will get lots of compliments when I wear them.
Elaine
17 Jun
I just couldn’t find a smart backpack I liked so I decided to make my own, ethically and eco with Love and Salvage. I had the BEST two days making my leather backpack at the cool home studio in Hackney. I got to plan and design the exact bag I wanted - the size, colour, pockets and lining! It felt so good not to just buy a standard factory made bag and when people ask ‘where is it from?’ I can say I made it reusing leather that would have gone to landfill. The chats made the day go so fast! Eli is very patient and encouraging. Highly recommended anyone to treat themselves to bag making therapy! And recently my bag won a prize at work in the category ‘I made it’ 😀
Elaine
17 Jun
I just couldn’t find a smart backpack I liked so I decided to make my own, ethically and eco with Love and Salvage. I had the BEST two days making my leather backpack at the cool home studio in Hackney. I got to plan and design the exact bag I wanted - the size, colour, pockets and lining! It felt so good not to just buy a standard factory made bag and when people ask ‘where is it from?’ I can say I made it reusing leather that would have gone to landfill. The chats made the day go so fast! Eli is very patient and encouraging. Highly recommended anyone to treat themselves to bag making therapy! And recently my bag won a prize at work in the category ‘I made it’ 😀
Manal MT
17 Jun
Came across Eli's website when I was looking into environmentally conscious, up-cycled backpacks. Never thought such workshops exist. Never even thought I could stitch anything together, but with Eli's brilliant guidance, patience and creativity, my dream packback was possible! Loved the workshop...was very immersive and zen!!!! Love the bag too. Spacious and big enough without being bulky to accommodate a laptop, camera, book, water bottle & coat. Sits beautifully & comfortably on shoulder!!!! Thank you Eli for this. You’re work is amazing & much needed in these urgent times of environmental disaster!!! Inspiring!!! The workshop left me empowered on many different levels. What a joy to be able to make your own bag or shoes with minimum damage to our planet earth and with brilliant company and guidance. Highly recommend checking Eli's website and work. Attend one of her workshop to make your own and you won't regret it!!!!
Manal MT
17 Jun
Came across Eli's website when I was looking into environmentally conscious, up-cycled backpacks. Never such workshops exist. Never event thought I could stitch anything together, but with Eli's brilliant guidance, patience and creativity, my dream packback was possible! Loved the workshop...was very immersive and zen!!!! Love the bag too. Spacious and big enough without being bulky to accommodate a laptop, camera, book, water bottle & coat. Sits beautifully & comfortably on shoulder!!!! Thank you Eli for this. You’re work is amazing & much needed in these urgent times of environmental disaster!!! Inspiring!!! The workshop left empowered on many different levels. What a joy to be able to make your own things with minimum damage to our planet earth and with brilliant company and guidance. Highly recommend checking Eli's website and work and attending one of her workshop to make your own!!!!
Manal MT
17 Jun
Came across Eli's website when I was looking into environmentally conscious, up-cycled backpacks. Never such workshops exist. Never event thought I could stitch anything together, but with Eli's brilliant guidance, patience and creativity, my dream packback was possible! Loved the workshop...was very immersive and zen!!!! Love the bag too. Spacious and big enough without being bulky to accommodate a laptop, camera, book, water bottle & coat. Sits beautifully & comfortably on shoulder!!!! Thank you Eli for this. You’re work is amazing & much needed in these urgent times of environmental disaster!!! Inspiring!!! The workshop left empowered on many different levels. What a joy to be able to make your own things with minimum damage to our planet earth and with brilliant company and guidance. Highly recommend checking Eli's website and work and attending one of her workshop to make your own!!!!
Manal MT
17 Jun
Came across Eli's website when I was looking into environmentally conscious, up-cycled backpacks. Never such workshops exist. Never event thought I could stitch anything together, but with Eli's brilliant guidance, patience and creativity, my dream packback was possible! Loved the workshop...was very immersive and zen!!!! Love the bag too. Spacious and big enough without being bulky to accommodate a laptop, camera, book, water bottle & coat. Sits beautifully & comfortably on shoulder!!!! Thank you Eli for this. You’re work is amazing & much needed in these urgent times of environmental disaster!!! Inspiring!!! The workshop left empowered on many different levels. What a joy to be able to make your own things with minimum damage to our planet earth and with brilliant company and guidance. Highly recommend checking Eli's website and work and attending one of her workshop to make your own!!!!
Jane Ormrod
17 Jun
My husband bought me a place on Eli’s Bucket Bag Workshop for my birthday > it was amazing!! Eli was extremely friendly and encouraging. She quickly put me at ease & inspired confidence. She had a wide range of leather colours to choose from and was happy to tailor the bag to my requirements. I would highly recommend attending one of her workshops and can’t wait to return to make something else!! It is a fabulous idea to salvage leather from clothes and furniture and to turn it into something lovely, unique and wearable. I had an amazing experience and would not hesitate to recommend these workshops.
Angie
4 Feb
Absolutely fab. Had a great time enjoyed every minute, time just flew by. Plus a bag to show off. Thank you
Suki
3 Feb
I had a lovely day with Eli, making my amazing bucket bag, used a great piece of leather and learnt lots of new techniques, learnt all about the different tools and used a commercial sewing machine....The end result a beautiful bag , and I've caught the leather bag bug, so hopefully I'll be making more, can't wait to do some more courses. Suki
Dominic
14 Sep
Great workshop and Eli was fantastic! She was really patient with us and guided us through every step of the process. She was really supportive and always made us feel comfortable so we really enjoyed the day.
Eugenija
17 May
Eli is wonderful teacher, I working with real leather, I learned something new, how to work with leather and easy way to make bag, beautiful job we done ✅ I recommend Eli and her work shop “Love and Salvage “
Angela
1 May
I had a great day with Eli! I learned so much about working with leather. What once seemed daunting to me ended up seeming so simple and easy under Eli's great tuition. I ended up with a gorgeous yellow bag that I proudly use on a daily basis. (Eli has so many lovely leathers to choose from) And I look forward to making more bags using the knowledge I gained from my day with Eli.
Sarah
13 Apr
Great workshop with a VERY patient teacher! I learnt a lot & left with an amazing bag that is now my 'everyday' work bag!
Emily
12 Apr
My friend and I had a lovely day making our own bucket bags. There was a lot of fabric to choose from and the small group (just the two of us) meant we could ask as many questions as we wanted. Would definitely recommend :)
Muskaan
7 Apr
Eli is a great host and a tutor with amazing teaching skills. At the end of just 2 days I left with a lovely brown backpack and bag making skills. Would definitely come back to learn more and make more bags.
Ellie
30 Mar
Enjoyed every minute! I can’t believe I managed to learn a new craft and gain a beautiful leather bag in the process! Thank you!
Monique
29 Mar
Brilliant workshop - made an awesome and very professional looking bag (if I say so myself) comfortable space and very patient teacher.
Philippa
12 Feb
Attending Eli’s workshop was a fantastic day, she is very friendly and enthusiastic and wants you to end up with the leather bag of your dreams!! Her studio was comfortable and during the workshop Eli was able to spend a lot of time assisting and showing me (a novice) how to make an amazing bag.
Catherine
28 Jan
I absolutely loved my workshop day with Eli! She is so welcoming, friendly and patient. We managed to make a gorgeous orange bucket bag without any problems whatsoever. I shall definitely be making some more of these bags in the future!
Emma
9 Nov
Loved it! So happy with the clutch I got to design and make! I learned so much about working with leather and I'm excited to try to make one by myself in the future. Eli was also so patient and flexible with me rescheduling due to me being sick. Thank you!

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