Bookbinding - Buttonhole Stitch Workshop

Bookbinding - Buttonhole Stitch Workshop


In this workshop Janina will take you through you all the steps involved in making a buttonhole book with a cutaway spine. The project will be a hard back landscape A6 book, with paper cover, book cloth detailing, cutaway spine, and buttonhole stitching. We will start by cutting greyboard into the correct size for the book and making the cut away element. The front and back covers will be covered with a decorative paper, and the spine and hinge areas reinforced with bookcloth. The cover will then be placed under weight to dry flat. Next we will trim the inside pages to fit (using the fold and slice technique), nesting the folded pages into ‘signatures’. Once we have made holes in the paper for sewing, the final stage will be to sew the pages into the book cover using a long buttonhole stitch and linen thread.

All the stages will be fully demonstrated as a group, with plenty of help and support on an individual basis during the day.

What to bring:

Cutting tools: Cutting mat, sharp cutting knife or craft knife (preferably not a scalpel, as this is too delicate for the greyboard), metal ruler, scissors

Sharp pencil, rubber eraser

Blunt ended sewing needle with large eye (eg tapestry needle size 20)

Awl or braddle (for making holes in paper and card)

Optional tools if you have them, and which make your life easier! If you don’t have them, they can be borrowed on the day.

Bone folder (for creasing paper)

T square ruler (for getting accurate 90 degree corners)

Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing down the paper to size)

For gluing preferably a small 2” foam roller and tray. If you don’t have this then a stencil brush (circular flat ended brush).

Janina will also have a few tools, and extra materials available to purchase on the day, if you are interested.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Any other materials not specified for the students to bring

Expert tuition

1 to 1 guidance

Detailed demonstrations

A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day.

Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.


Lauren Millbank at Micklems Farm Creative Workshops
Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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