Bookbinding using leather and marbled paper, Frome - Somerset. Private Tuition



Immerse yourself in a day of creative work and learn valuable book repair skills.

Learn how to hand stitch your own personalised book. Make use of our fabulous range coloured and textured papers designed to give your book a very stylish and also a wonderful tactile appeal.

The day is split into three skills; paper craft and sewing and then leatherwork. We use decorative tooling and we have a good range of antique Victorian decorative tools to give your book a professional finish.

I enjoy teaching and helping people to create unusual projects. Previous students have made travel diaries, family history books, whisky tasting notebooks, cookery notebooks and photo albums.

I have a teaching qualification and in the past I have taught at Art Colleges, Schools, Museums and Festivals.
This course is designed to be both accessible for beginners and engaging for intermediate abilities.

This is an opportunity to work alongside a professional bookbinder as I will teach and support you through your project but also share with you conservation work that I am currently busy with. I enjoy teaching and helping people to create unusual projects. I have been working as a professional restoration bookbinder for 12 years and I have a post graduate qualification in Museum studies.

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?

The studio is 10 mins walk by the river into the town centre. Its easy to get lunch from a cafe or marks and spencers.

There are no specific days for tuition as my work affords me some flexibility on this so please email me and request your preferred date to attend.

Here are the session times;
Mon to Friday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 10pm to 5pm


stephen at Boundbooks

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The Welshmill
Park Hill Drive
BA11 2LE

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday


7 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Melanie Hobbs - - #37213

Had a lovely day and learned a lot. Stephen's knowledge of bookbinding techniques and antiquarian books is amazing. Worked on rescuing my Mum's old cookery book and will be going back to finish it and to start a new project. Loved seeing the work that Stephen was doing on restoring old books. All in all, a really good day, would definitely recommend it.

Hilary Green - - #18139

Excellent teaching - Stephen told/showed me each stage and then let me complete the task. Renewed 2 dear old cookery books so they are now good for another 40 years.
(Much coffee and chocolate, nice little walk to town centre at lunchtime.)

Richard - - #15728

I was bought a day long workshop session in book-binding with Stephen as a birthday present and came along with the intention of making a bespoke photograph album. Stephen provided great assistance throughout the whole process and I ended up taking home a lovely album which I can now fill with my best photographs.
His assistance and patience was second to none and the materials he provided were of the highest quality. Along with his guidance we chose the best colour scheme and design to suit my work. A very good and successful day.

Barbara Saunders - - #12619

I spent a day with Stephen creating a book with a leather binding. I had done a little bit of bookbinding before so was hoping to consolidate things I’d already learned how to do and learn some new skills. It was a very easy-going atmosphere in the studio and I liked that I could just ask whatever, whenever but then be a little bit left to get on with it - always feel awkward and liable to mess up when being observed. I appreciated the chance to learn a slightly different approach, not just slightly different method but a more positive and serendipitous way of working, learning from mistakes etc. I really enjoyed the day, 7 hours flew by and I was very happy with my book!

Alison Harvey - - #9428

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Geoff Solomon-Sims - - #9367

I approached Stephen with a sentimental favourite book to rebind and he suggested it might be a nice project to rebind it myself. Stephen has a great way of encouraging creativity in the process and has a great eye for what will work best with the document. I enjoyed every moment of working with him in his studio and watching his own work was incredibly inspiring. The whole process felt less like learning a process and more like exploring a sea of options and possibilities, with an able navigator at the helm. What began as a single book has grown to a small library of 15 and I look forward to binding some more in the near future.

Nereida - - #9362

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Zhiru - - #9346

I bought a journal for my cousin's 30th birthday, hopping that this could come in handy for her to use daily even at work. So I decided to give the journal more sophisticated and antique look by bookbinding it for she was quite an artistic person. For choosing the cover of the journal, from his numerous collection, Stephen helped me to select an very old property document, which was handwritten in artistic legible script and with a lovely stamp on it. He also provided his aesthetic advice when I couldn't decide which part of the document I would like to use because it was so beautiful. Later on in each step, Stephen was like this: listened carefully to my needs and ideas and was very patient to guide me until I complete the whole process. The atmosphere in his studio was very relaxing and it was very pleasant to have his company for he is the man with lots of great stories. I enjoyed the bookbinding work a lot and was very satisfied with the work I'd done. Thank you Stephen!

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