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Bookbinding and Book Conservation for all abilities


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Subjects taught: make a book from scratch, repair a paper back, book restoration, make an album, discover non-adhesive book forms, make concertina structures, sew and bind a book.

Lessons are designed to be undertaken from your kitchen table with minimal equipment.

A preliminary chat about options and interests will be followed by me preparing cloth and paper and posting you what you need for your project.

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This course runs for one to three days and is held monthly in my workshop in Midhurst in West Sussex. The cost for one day is £100, two days is £85 per day and three days is £210.

I cater for all abilities and specialise in small classes so that students receive maximum tutor attention. If you have no experience, you will be taught how to make a book and within a day you will have sewn and made covers for your book and even if there is time, embossed your name on the cover.

For those wishing to dive in deeper, I offer structured City and Guilds courses as well as my own curriculum based on my 2 years at college and my 25+ years as a bookbinder. This syllabus runs to the schedule of the person learning it, ie, you can start the book in the workshop, finish it at home and come back and continue building on what you already know.

I am Marysa de Veer and have a Diploma in Bookbinding and Conservation, a certificate in chemistry for conservators and am a member of the Society of Bookbinders and Designer bookbinders. I have extensive experience in teaching a wide range of bookbinding styles. I love the artistic contemporary books too and enjoy making my own paste papers for books.

We meet at 10am and have a coffee and a chat and start at 10.30am in the bindery. There is a one hour lunch break between 1-2pm and the day finishes at 5pm.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

You will need a cutting mat or thin chopping board for trimming, a scalpel or craft knife, a steel ruler, a bone folder and a pair of spring dividers as well as glue, paper and book cloth. I am happy to supply you with all of these on loan or sale.


Marysa de Veer at Otter Education Ltd
Ashfield Road
West Sussex
GU29 9JS
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Qualification offered
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday

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