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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!

£150
Cumbria - Next course on 1st October 2019
Join talented illuminator, Sarah Lace, for a two day workshop to learn the historic craft of illuminated lettering. This workshop offers the opportunity to learn something of the history and origins about these art forms as we examine a range of styles from 6th century Celtic through to the modern day; showing their development through time. Sarah will help with the design of your piece including simple techniques of constructing Celtic knotwork and spirals, decoration...
£6
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.
£20
Swansea
In this workshop we are going to explore two examples of the Japanese side sewn bookbinding technique, the basic four hole binding and the more elaborate tortoiseshell binding. The side sewn bookbinding technique is using single sheets rather than folded sheets and is perfect for creating books out of your (or your children's) artwork, travel journal, or to create sketchbooks. You'll also get the option to add pretty buttons and/or beads to the binding and...
£30
Birmingham - Next course on 17th July 2019
Learn a new craft with a group of absolute beginners. Learn the art of embossing on pewter to produce a stunning cover for a notebook and a pen in this lustrous metal. You will be taught the basics of hand embossing on sheet pewter, as well as how to give it an aged look. You can enhance designs with coloured inks or embellish it with jewels. I will guide you through the process from the...
£35
Surrey - Next course on 8th July 2019
In this relaxed evening workshop at the lovely Spring Grove pub in Kingston, you will be shown the classic bookbinding technique of pamphlet stitch. This class is a great introduction to the wonderful world of bookbinding. You will be shown step-by-step how to prepare pages and make soft covers, allowing you to create your own bespoke notebooks with beautiful decorative papers and exposed stitch detail. Taught by multi-award winning professional bookbinder Mylyn McColl in a...
£36
Shropshire - Next course on 5th October 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...
£36
Somerset
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...
£40
Gloucestershire
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....
£55
Shropshire - Next course on 7th September 2019
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...
£55
Devon - Next course on 6th July 2019
This is Learn Bookbinding’s most popular course. You will learn traditional multi-signature binding, suitable for complete beginners. You will take home at least one beautiful hard-backed half-cloth book that you have made yourself, from start to finish. Mandy Flockton has been teaching bookbinding for nearly 20 years - this experience coupled with her friendly teaching style enables anyone of any level to dive straight into this ancient & addictive craft!

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