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.
Do you have someone in the family who has expressed an interest in traditional bookbinding, and would like Bookbinding Lessons? Or perhaps you have a friend who enjoys crafts & they’d be thrilled with a voucher allowing them to attend my Learn Bookbinding workshops?
I have Learn Bookbinding gift vouchers available that will make a beautiful present for your arty & crafty loved ones!
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.
Popular with Artist’s and Printmakers; make two traditional portfolio folders for storing prints, drawings, paintings or sketches. You will take home 2 portfolios for storing A4 and A3 papers.
Slip Cases & Presentation Boxes
Hollow Back Journal
Quarter Leather Binding
Clamshell or Solander Box
Introduction to Marbling
Introduction to Marbling: Marbling or marbelizing is an ancient art that has long been associated with bookbinding. It involves floating colours on water, creating patterns with rakes, combs and other tools and lifting them with paper. In this half-day workshop you will learn the art and alchemy of marbling on water, with alum, acrylic ink, ox gall liquid and carrageenan. You will take home at least 6 sheets of hand-marbled paper exploring different patterning techniques.
Course Schedule For 2017
New 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.
I was so impressed with the book I made, it looked just like a bought one … I never thought I’d be able to make anything like that!Annalise
Thank you for the best day-course I have ever attended. I hoped I might at least learn enough to restore a much loved book, not only did I learn that knowledge, I also came away with a new hobby.George
Having been bought this course as a present by my niece I was delighted that not only was the day thoroughly enjoyable but I’ve also made a couple of new friends.Mrs Anderson
I have two, no wait, three sketchbooks made by Mandy Flockton. They are treasured items with astonishing attention to detail. A pleasure to draw in, they are all filling up!Chris Stonehill
The workshop I attended I was really well organised and the instruction was so clear. Mandy was so patient and helpful.Jean
I loved it! I love trying new crafts and this was like nothing else I’d ever done. Mandy made everything so easy to follow and I can’t wait to make more books. I know what I will be giving for Christmas this year!Margaret