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Bookbinding courses, classes and workshops across the UK, teaching the centuries old craft of neatly binding pages into books using a variety of techniques. Learn bookbinding with experienced tutors and learn the methods of folding, cutting, stapling, and glueing for a professional finish. Advanced learners of book binding may progress onto threading and using a variety of backing materials to cover the books. Would you like to learn how to create and bind your own books? Come and join a course, workshop or group and be inspired by expert tuition as well as like-minded company.

Surrey - Next course on 3rd March 2018
Join us to learn the art of book folding, while chatting, making new friends and drinking tea. Bring a book (hard back) or alternatively use 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.
West Sussex - Next course on 17th March 2018
Use straightforward bookbinding and leather working skills to make two unique journals. Great to whip out when you want to make notes, do a sketch, jot down a recipe or for special thoughts. The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. There will a maximum of four people and it is suitable for complete beginners. Start by folding paper to make the sections for your book and then choose your cover from a range of up-cycled...
Boundbooks in Frome, Somerset. I have been restoring antiquarian books for archives and booksellers for 10 years. I have a PGCE and a post grad in Arts and Heritage and I have taught at Art Colleges, Schools, Museums and Festivals. If you would like to learn how to make a hand sewn leather bound book please join me on a Friday or a Sunday. I teach on these days every week. The range of projects...
Learn how to make a variety of interesting book structures including folded, cut and folded, and a single section case binding. You will learn some basic book-making techniques including folding, sewing, covering and casing-in using tools and materials that are easily accessible and inexpensive. By the end of the day you will leave with several beautiful books and lots of ideas to use for your own projects. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and...
Suffolk - Next course on 29th May 2018
Four day bookbinding course covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs. Tutor: George Davidson The course emphasises the traditional skills and techniques of hand binding and helps you develop a deeper insight into this rewarding craft, whose origins go back over 2,000 years. Cutting tools, presses and other binding equipment...
Shropshire - Next course on 24th February 2018
Enjoy an afternoon of Bookbinding in a small friendly class at the Radbrook Green Community Centre, Shrewsbury. This course is suitable for complete beginners and for those who have a little binding experience. It offers an introduction to bookbinding terminology and techniques using traditional equipment. You will create a unique flat-backed A5 blank notebook, completely from scratch, learning to create sections, endpapers and hand sew pages. Cases will be created in a quarter bound style...
Carmarthenshire - Next course on 19th May 2018
Create a beautiful A5 (portrait format) book with hardback covers and a decorative stitched spine. Bind your book with a choice of papers and stitch the open spine with a combination of coloured tapes and threads. We’ll be using good quality, acid free cartridge and in just one day Carole will teach you all the necessary techniques to create a beautiful volume of your own design. This workshop is recommended for bookbinders with a little...
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...
Derbyshire - Next course on 22nd October 2018
Take the next step into Book Binding; we will be making a 'sewn boards binding', associated with the advent and advancement of the codex format book in late Antiquity, using the Coptic chain stitch and an ingenious board attachment along with various modern materials and fabrics to make a tactile, flat-opening book structure. If you are not at this level, then our 'Book Binding' holiday will be the perfect preparation: • Prepare your own book...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 3rd April 2018
An introduction to the basics of hand book binding. Using traditional techniques that have barely changed in centuries, we will discover how paper is prepared, then hand-sewn into a single-section pamphlet and a multi-section book. Learn how to prepare a book for covering using traditional methods, but with modern materials, and how to get the best out of your chosen materials. Holiday highlights: • Prepare your own book using traditional techniques • Our professional craft...