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Book making & illustrating courses

Book making and illustrating courses, classes and workshops across the UK. Learn the art of illustrating books, using hand-marbled paper and special book cloths. Create, write and illustrate your own picture books or your own hand bound journals. Come and join a course, workshop or group and be inspired by expert tuition as well as like-minded company.

Make your own sketchbook from scratch using the very attractive Coptic stitch binding method. By the end of the day you will have made your own A5 portrait sketchbook Further information about the workshop Coptic stitch is a beautiful exposed book binding style that resembles chain stitch. These books have an open spine which means the pages open completely flat. Coptic style books are ideal as gifts or to keep for yourself as a sketchbook,...
Northumberland - Next course on 28th August 2019
Join us at The Sill to make your very own Green Zine. Work with illustrator Clare Armstrong to create your Green Zine. It's your environmental story pledge in a lovely personal magazine. Accompanying adults go free.
Introduction to Bookbinding – Make a unique Notebook So excited to be running my first workshop at the Artyzans! I'm definitely planning on running more workshops at this fabulous location. Places are limited to 10, so please book your space early to avoid disappointment. Please send me a message to book your place. I'll add an option to buy your tickets asap. We'll need 4 people to make this course happen. About the workshop: Learn...
Sewing Classes At our sewing classes, learn how to make your own wearable art, repair, alter, embellish or customise your clothing no matter what your level. Here you will have the opportunity to use a sewing machine and hand stitch to create unique, one of a kind gifts: textile 3D cards, personalised bunting, bags, belts, i-phone & i-pad covers, wall hangings, throws, brooches, cushions covers, soft toys, quilts and so much more. No previous experience...
Turn basic ingredients into the most original and beautiful papers and explore the endless possibilities of this craft.
Learn how to make paper from wild or garden plants by doing it in the beautiful surroundings of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. You will cut up plants, cook, make pulp and make sheets of paper in a day. Full instruction sheet provided, along with guidance for your own projects. Take home the paper you have made and use it in your art and crafts or just frame it! No previous experience needed. Make...
Shropshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Try your hand at the art of Japanese Stab Binding. Based at Radbrook Green Community Centre, Shrewsbury, classes are small and friendly with a maximum of 6 people. Suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some bookbinding knowledge, this is an introductory workshop to the lovely style of Japanese Stab Binding, in which you will create a unique hardback notebook, from scratch, with your choice of bookcloth and patterned paper. In addition to...
Learn how to create your own illustration using Emmeline's signature style and techniques including collage. Join us in the relaxing surroundings of 19 Alexandra Road, Clevedon at for this collage workshop run by Designer Emmeline Simpson. Emmeline has built a business from her cityscape illustrations which are transferred onto gift-wares such as placemats, coasters and tea towels and sold in retailers, such as Bristol Guild, Pod and Bristol city museum. Emmeline's work originally started from...
Try your hand at making these miniature books which can be made into necklaces, keyrings or even Christmas ornaments. During this 3 hour workshop you will make two different styles of mini books. Join us to make a keyring notebook and two mini books which can be used as Christmas tree decorations. We will make a long stitch sewn notebook which we will attach to a keyring. This note book is approx 5cm x 4cm....
Nottinghamshire - Next course on 22nd June 2019
Join us for a lovely relaxing afternoon making your own beautiful hardcover notebook. You will use lovely patterned papers to make a hardbacked cover for your notebook and then learn how to stitch together your book using coptic stitching technique. This stitching technique allows the book to lay completely flat when open and is visible on the spine of the book, making an attractive feature. Handmade by you, you can put your notebook to good...