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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.

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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 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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Next course on 30th May 2017
2017 course dates: 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 and those with previous experience, since tuition is given...
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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 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...
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Next course on 21st April 2017
Full board 3 night residential craft holiday in the South Downs. Discounted rates available for early bookings! An introduction to the basics of hand book binding, this course is suitable for beginners. 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...
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Next course on 21st October 2017
Book Restoration For Beginners Tutor: Stephen Cook Do you have any old books that you would love to have mended? Here is an opportunity to learn how to repair them yourself on a weekend course. The tutor will be Stephen Cook. Course outline: This weekend session is aimed at the novice bookbinder. No previous experience will be assumed. The day will cover simple repair projects: replacing end-papers, re-backing books (where the original spine has separated...
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I teach bookbinding every Friday and Sunday at my studio in Frome. Students work alongside me and make unusual sketchbooks, diaries, and photo albums. I also teach people how to rebind and conserve their own antiquarian books. One day working with me in the studio is £50. If you are a beginner I recommend coming along for a day and we will make a leather bound note book from scratch.
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Bookbinding from Scratch is suitable for beginners, but will also include more challenging book structures for any with previous bookbinding experience. Any special projects in mind? Laura West (Isle of Skye Bindery) is happy to guide you in using the correct structure to 'make it happen.' Book Repair is also taught, with new materials and techniques to be explored. Both Laura and her husband, Chris will be on hand to help you in restoring and...