Leather Bound Bookbinding Workshop in The Cotswolds - Gloucestershire/Wiltshire/Oxfordshire



Learn how to make a beautifully bound journal or sketchbook in this Leather Bound Bookbinding Workshop. This workshop is great for anyone who has an interest in bookbinding or just wants to make themselves or someone else a beautiful handmade gift. Join guest tutor Kelly in the Craft Barn and make your own leather bound journal or sketch book. In this workshop you will: - Learn how to understand paper grain - Correctly fold and cut paper using traditional tools. - Pick prepare and measure a piece of leather choosing different colours and thicknesses. - Learn how to sew the book together (No glue here!) using the traditional medieval long-stitch technique, with stitches showing on the spine to add that extra bit of contrast and detail! - Customise it how you would like with colourful contrast pages, secret envelope pouches. Or a handmade page marker. Finish the book with a choice of different methods using straps, buttons, studs or something a bit more adventurous! All tools will be provided but if you have any of your own you would like to use please bring them along. At the end of this workshop you will have a beautifully bound book as well as the skills and knowledge to create more at home.

What's included in the price?

includes tea & coffee and all materials except the leather cover. Leather will be available to purchase from the tutor at an extra cost on the day of £8-£20 depending on the amount and quality of the leather used. If you have something yourself that you would like to use, please bring it along and we can check its suitability. Bring: lunch and glasses if you wear them.


5 hours

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available



Lechlade Craft Barn

with Craft Courses since 2015

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Crafting in the Cotswolds – what’s not to love? Lechlade Craft Barn offers craft workshops in the pretty Cotswolds market town of Lechlade on Thames. The Craft Barn is an attractive old stone barn at Karen's home and is the perfect setting to discover and develop your crafting skills. Owner Karen has a long-held passion for crafting, with backgrounds in retail and event management. Along with her workshops, she is joined by a talented team of guest tutors who offer a wide range of craft workshops. The barn is accessed via external stone steps with handrails on either side and unfortunately may not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Some workshops are delivered nearby in the bright and spacious Memorial Hall complex and other local venues. In addition to published workshops, we also offer bespoke Crafty Parties for Hens, groups of friends and family, special occasions, or any excuse to have a crafty day.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Easter
  • Parking provided
  • Father's Day
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Mother's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
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Lechlade Craft Barn, Orchard House South, Downington, LECHLADE, Gloucestershire, GL7 3DL