Trio of Beautiful Books

Trio of Beautiful Books


If you ever fancied making your own books from scratch but are worried about getting started, then this is a nice easy introduction. Janina will demonstrate three different but simple book structures. There will be plenty of time to make at least one of each of these books, and to start to explore some variations of the basic structures.

The three books are all easy to make and need a minimal amount of equipment, so you can make more at home after the workshop. Once you’ve mastered the basics each of these styles of books they can be taken in many different directions, using a variety of materials and by changing the sizes, shapes and stitch patterns.

The three books are:

Flower book. The inside pages are based on an origami fold and, once glued together, the pages open out like a flower. This book will have stiff card covers, which we will cover with decorative paper. The first demonstration piece will be 11cm square

Pamphlet stitch booklets with a ‘flip flop’ card cover. Pamphlet stitch is probably the easiest of the bookbinding stitches and Janina will show you all the steps involved. She will also show you how to make a card ‘flip flop’ cover which is an intriguing structure that opens in two directions. The first book will be 21cm high and 7.5cm wide and will house 2 pamphlet stitch booklets.

Japanese stab stitch. This is a traditional style of book with a soft card cover and attractive stitching along one side of the book. The first demonstration piece will be A6 landscape and with a simple stitch pattern. Janina will also show how to stitch more complex patterns.

What to bring:

Drawing tools: Pencil, eraser, sharpener

Cutting tools: Cutting mat (minimum size A4), craft or cutting knife (not a scalpel as this is too delicate), metal ruler


Large eye blunt needle eg tapestry needle size 18 or 20

Glue stick eg Pritt stick

Optional extra tools if you have them:

Bone folder (for creasing paper)

Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper)

Paper scorer (an old biro without ink would work)

Awl or braddle for poking holes in paper

There will be a £3 cover charge per person for the materials supplied by Janina on the day.

Janina will have some tools to borrow but you may prefer to bring your own tools if you have them.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Included on the day:

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. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us on social media.

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 by notifying us. 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.

Level: Beginners

Number of students: 10


Lauren Millbank at Micklems Farm Creative Workshops


Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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