Learn Bookbinding - Workshops in Traditional Bookbinding
I am able to instruct you in many different methods of traditional bookbinding here at Learn Bookbinding, ranging from my popular Introduction to Bookbinding workshop to advanced Quarter Leather Binding.
My workshops utilise my Kitchen Table Method, meaning that you don’t have to invest in specialist equipment in order to produce your very own beautiful handmade books.
My bookbinding lessons are perfect for a beginner looking to get into the ancient craft, or ideal for someone looking to brush-up on their existing bookbinding skills.
The majority of my workshops are held in Barnstaple in north Devon, but I also visit different venues in the westcountry teaching my one-day Bookbinding Workshops in Devon and Cornwall.
More than 15 years of experience in bookbinding and teaching workshops have gone into the selection of equipment and materials in my shop. It is my goal to make this wonderful, absorbing craft available to as many people as possible.
I have brought together a range or tried and tested, quality tools and sundries in smaller, hobby-sized quantities into one shop.
I offer full and half-day workshops with all tools and materials provided, making this fascinating, age-old craft accessible to all.
My courses have attracted Artists, Photographers and Printmakers wanting to present their work in book format, Scrap-bookers and Crafters wanting to learn something new and individuals wanting to restore a sentimental heirloom.
I have taught workshops in schools, colleges and universities, to clubs, interest groups and at corporate weekends.
Whatever your reason to learn, my courses offer high quality, thorough tuition in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Bookbinding has never been so easy or so much fun!
No Tools Required
Because I know how engaging and addictive this craft can be, I have developed my own ‘Kitchen Table Method’ of bookbinding.
The ‘Kitchen Table Method’ I teach bypasses the need to have access to professional tools or source specialist suppliers and simplifies the process without any compromise to the finished results.
By learning this way, you will be able to go home and create your own beautiful books with tools and materials you will already have or be able to buy readily.
My courses are designed to make bookbinding as uncomplicated as possible, starting with an introduction one-day course for those with no prior knowledge of the craft.
Workshops Available at Learn Bookbinding
Below is a list of all the different workshops that I teach, and all the different traditional bookbinding skills that you’re able to learn from my Learn Bookbinding courses.
Everything from simple fun no-sew flutter books to hollow backed, quarter leather binding is covered, none of them require special tools or hard to find equipment, something for everyone from absolute beginners looking to learn something new to those who wish to build on existing skills or enhance their practice as an artist or a printmaker.
If you’ve come here looking to learn a method of bookbinding not listed below then please feel free to get in touch and I’ll see what I’m able to do to help.
Introduction to Bookbinding
Make Your Own Bookcloth
This one-day workshop is the perfect introduction to stab bindings; the method of holding pages together that are punched or pierced by lacing with cords or using binding posts. This construction of books also lends itself perfectly to display pocket portfolios, scrap books and postcard albums.
You will make one small traditional Autograph book laced with a cord and a large, handsome photograph album, complete with page guards, interleaves and metal menu corners held together with metal binding posts.
Slip Cases & Presentation Boxes
Hollow Back Journal
Quarter Leather Binding
Clamshell or Solander Box
Introduction to Marbling
Course Schedule For 2017New dates added for 2017, with more dates being added regularly
I first became interested in bookbinding at university while studying illustration.
As an illustrator of books it was natural for me to want to make my own. Having the ability to bind my own books meant I was able to present my ideas to publishers as a high-quality, faithful representation of the potential published book (which is essential as a Children’s Author-Illustrator).
I also became interested in self-publishing my own work as short-run batch productions and selling them via book shops and zine fairs. I learned to bind books as a student and I was aware at the time of the difficulty and expense in locating the ‘correct’ tools and materials.
These problems lead me to take traditional bookbinding techniques and develop them in a way that makes bookbinding more accessible to everyone. I have been teaching my unique, user-friendly workshops for over 10 years in educational institutions and to the public and they are always enthusiastically received.
Don’t take my word for how much fun my bookbinding courses are, read what my students have to say about them in the testimonials below.
I look forward sharing my craft with you soon.
Learn Bookbinding’s Complete Bookbinding Starter Kit
I’m pleased to now be able to offer Complete Bookbinding Starter Kits in my Bookbinding Supplies Shop. The kit contains over 30 carefully selected items including materials that will allow you to make two stunning hardback books, tools that will last you for many years, and my comprehensive 60 page Introduction to Bookbinding guide. The guide has 235 colour photographs walking you through each step of the bookbinding process – suitable for complete beginners and a fabulous reference guide for those who have bookbinding experience!