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Book binding and making courses, classes and workshops across the UK. Learn the centuries old craft of neatly binding pages into books using a variety of techniques. On bookbinding courses you will learn the methods of folding, cutting, stapling, and glueing for a professional finish. Advanced learners of book-binding and making may progress onto threading and using a variety of backing materials to cover the books. You may wish to learn how to illustrate or create picture books or books for children; look no further!

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Next course on 23rd April 2017
Restore your favourite paperback to its full glory at Lincoln Castle! Bring your favourite paperback or simple cloth bound book that needs a repair and lets see if we can mend it or give it a new lease of life. Using basic glued repairs and sawing in of cords and supports we can rebind single sheet books. Also you will make a case binding of cloth and learn how these can be repaired. The course...
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Joni Essex is the director of the Gallery, and has made leather journals for the past 25 years. She uses simple bookbinding techniques and sometimes incorporates found objects and unconventional methods to produce journals which are completely unique to one another. For more information, come in and see Joni in the gallery! Make a leather journal in a day! You will be shown how to make a book using simple bookbinding techniques, complete with leather...
Image for Medieval Illuminated Manuscript - one day course at Lincoln Castle
Next course on 22nd March 2017
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript - one day course Embellish your work with gold! Students will be introduced to the variety of illuminated manuscripts. The morning will be spent learning how to apply gold leaf to paper using various traditional techniques. Having mastered this skill, the afternoon will be spent creating a small scale medieval design in watercolour and 24 carat gold leaf to take home. No drawing skills or experience necessary as there will be a...
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Join us to learn the art of book folding, while chatting, making new friends and drinking tea. Bring a book (hard back) or alternatively choose one of ours. Our tutor will guide you through the folding process and you will leave with a fab new statement piece for your home. Once you have got the bug...folded books make great gifts for weddings, christenings, birthdays, valentines, anniversaries and christmas keepsakes.
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Next course on 30th May 2017
2017 course dates: Monday 13 February - Friday 17 February (5 days) Tuesday 30 May - Friday 2 June (4 days) - £358 - please note the start time of 12 noon for this course. Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August (5 days) Monday 4 December - Friday 8 December (5 days) Tutor: George Davidson Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners...
Image for Reduction Linocut printing with Janet Dickson : a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater
Next course on 15th June 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. One day Reduction Linocut printmaking with Janet Dickson We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel from her Northumberland home & print studio to take her wonderful Linocut courses at Greystoke. Her style, love of garden, flora and landscape fit perfectly; and hopefully we'll be holding at least one of her courses in the garden! During the class Janet will...
Image for All bound up: Introduction to Unglued and Sown Binding - 2 days - Lincoln Castle
Next course on 27th May 2017
Weekend book binding course at Lincoln Castle. Want to create your own libary? Over this two day course you will learn the basic and invaluable skills of bookbinding. From good paper folding and page organisation, creating sewing patterns and covers using medieval style stitchings for un glued binding techniques. You will create a library of different styles that will set you on the way as a binder of paper leather and thread. The course will...
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Next course on 9th July 2017
One day book making workshop in Cardigan. Learn about book binding and make a casebound sketchbook with Carole King, in the wonderful surroundings of Ceridwen. Course offered by 'Make it in Wales'. Make an A5 casebound sketchbook with good quality, acid free cartridge. In just one day you will learn all the necessary techniques to create a beautiful volume of your own design. The functional hardback covers will be decorated with your own choice of...
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Next course on 22nd April 2017
Take your gold work to the next level! This illumination workshop at Lincoln Castle focuses solely on the use of manuscript gesso and loose leaf gold. Raising the gold on gesso means that it can be burnished to a high shine producing beautiful resutls. It is a more advanced technique than the one used on our Illuminated Manuscripts day course so makes a interesting next step for those who have some experience. No drawing skills...
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Next course on 6th April 2017
Marbled papers appeal to all ages & can be made in many different ways using more or less complex methods. This course will provide an easy introduction to traditional style marbling using gouache & watercolour paints floated on carragheenan (which Victoria will prepare in advance). Participants will be able to make many familiar marbled paper patterns on the first day including stone, curl & comb designs, with further possibilities & the opportunity to explore their...