Bind a Book in a Day in the Lake District

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This one day workshop will introduce you to basic bookbinding techniques. You will have the opportunity to make a couple of simple soft backed books using different techniques as well as a hard backed book to take home for yourself, or as a handmade gift.

Sophie will show you how to make a soft backed book using Japanese stab binding and simple pamphlet stitch. We will then progress to making a hard backed book with multiple signatures. If time allows you will then be able to experiment further with making some further soft backed books using different stitching techniques with tutor guidance when needed.

All materials are included in the workshop fee but if you have any specific papers or cards that you have collected, or perhaps made or printed yourself, and would like to incorporate into your books as covers or endpapers then please bring them with you.

Sophie Martin is a local artist, illustrator and educator who specializes in lively pen and watercolour illustrations, often drawn on location. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and has since worked as a freelance artist and illustrator undertaking numerous commissions and exhibiting locally and further afield. She has self-published a number of books. She has a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and has experience running creative workshops in many places, including schools, colleges and for refugee groups in India and Nepal.

The workshop will take place in our recently converted Barn on our hill farm in South Lakeland with stunning views to the Pennines, Howgills, Morecambe Bay and the Southern Fells.

Refreshments are provided throughout the day including home baked cakes, and a two course lunch.

We do not offer accommodation but there are numerous places to stay to suit all tastes in Cartmel, Windermere or Grange over Sands, and several local B&Bs nearby.

We continue to follow guidelines regarding Covid 19.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included in the fee. Refreshments throughout the day and a two course lunch.


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Hare Hill Barn
Cartmel Fell
Grange over Sands
LA11 6NZ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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