Bookbinding Workshops 2017

Learn Bookbinding Workshops September 2017


Boxmaking: Lidded Boxes

9th September – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

A one day workshop providing a great introduction to box-making.

Suitable for both beginners and those with prior box-making experience. Learn to make a high quality boxes with close fitting with pull off lids – for almost any purpose imaginable; storage and archiving, gift and keepsake boxes. Once you start making boxes, I guarantee, you won’t want to stop!

You will learn the carcase-build method of construction. In this workshop you will make a solid, fine quality box, from two-ply board. You learn how to cover and line it perfectly in a choice of delicious papers. You will make a beautiful, high quality hand built box that will last for many, many years.

Box-making is perfect for the do-it-at-home bookbinder!

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person including all tools & materials – and tea & biscuits 🙂

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops September 2017

Make Your Own Bookcloth

Saturday September 16th – 10am until 3.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon


Make Your own Bookcloth: This workshop is a perfect complement to any of my other bookbinding courses.

Making your own bookcloth takes you beyond the limits of the plain solid colours of standard bookcloth. Half a day of making your own mull, paper-backed bookcloth and buckram for use on your own bookbinding projects.

All tools and materials are provided, though you can bring your own fabric if you have something specific you would like to use (light/medium weight fabrics with a 50%+ natural fibre content are most suitable – ie quilters fat quarters).

You will take home at least 6 sheets of bookcloth ready for use on your own projects or to bring along to another Learn Bookbinding workshop.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£45 per person.

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops September 2017

Half Leather Binding

Wednesday 20th September – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

My most advanced workshop in bookbinding in which you will be introduced to working with leather and learn how to sew and construct a book with a corded spine. You will create a beautiful traditional book with a convex curved spine and raised bands.  I recommend this workshop to anyone who has already attended the introductory one day course and feels very confident with their manual skills.  You will take home one A5 300 page blank book.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£70 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops September 2017

Make Your Own Sketchbook / Artist’s Journal

Saturday 23rd September – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

By popular demand: Make your own Sketchbook / Artist’s Journal.

Spend a day making a custom book that meets your own creative requirements, filled with either heavy all media cartridge paper or a mixture of quality artist’s papers including pastel paper and watercolour paper.

You will take home a really beautiful quality, large hard-back sketchbook with attention to detail including decorative endpapers, headbands, a bookmarker ribbon and protective metal corners.

The cover can feature your own artwork; either full-bound in bookcloth with a small inset print or half-bound in bookcloth with a large image.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£65 per person including all tools & materials – and tea & biscuits 🙂

(Note: If you wish to use your own artwork for the cover, email with your design & I’ll work with you to create a print that’s the correct size and format that you can bring along on the day)

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops September 2017


Coptic Stitch Binding

Saturday 30th September – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

Very early on in the history of Western bookbinding, back when Britain was occupied by the Romans and later the Saxons, they made the first true ‘books’ using the coptic stitch and long stitch methods. Centuries later, Long Stitch and Coptic binding are incredibly popular all over again!

In this half-day workshop (suitable for beginners and those with prior bookbinding knowledge) you will make a multi-signature, hard-back book using the wonderful, 2nd century, Egyptian Coptic Binding technique. Coptic binding, with its exposed spine and chain stitching lends itself equally well to books of both a contemporary and an historical aesthetic. The construction requires no glue and only a few simple tools making it perfect for the kitchen-table bookbinder.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

£55 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops October 2017

Introduction to Bookbinding

Saturday 7th October – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

This is Learn Bookbinding’s most popular course.

Introduction to Bookbinding. You will learn traditional multi-signature binding, suitable for complete beginners. You will take home at least one beautiful hard-backed half-cloth book that you have made yourself, from start to finish. All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops October 2017

Leather Midori Style Traveler’s Notebook

Wednesday October 18th – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

In recent years Midori Traveler’s Notebooks have reached a cult status among the analogue notekeepers, bullet journalers and stationary lovers of this world and its not hard to understand why. Of all the books I make, my traveler’s journal is my favourite. It is the perfect balance of form and function.

In this one-day, no-glue workshop you will make your own full-size traveler’s notebook with a robust, thick, quality pull-up leather cover in a colour of your choosing and a selection of saddle stitched notebook inserts to suit your own style of information organizing.

You’ll add pockets and accessories, shock cord keepers and a book mark and finish it off with the signature tin button.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced bookbinder’s alike.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£70 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops October 2017

Novelty Cake Books

Saturday 21st October – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon.

We think these would make fabulous Christmas presents for recipe collectors, Great British Bake Off fans or anyone who loves a bit of cake.. and lets face it, who doesn’t?

A creative variation of a chunky hollow-back book in the shape of a slice of your favourite cake. The book-block can be made up of different coloured pages for cake and cream fillings and you can decorate your ‘cake’ with selection of beads, embellishments and paper-clay piping. Great fun books, guaranteed to make even Mary Berry smile.

You will make and decorate one hollow-back cake book – (a real, usable book!)

This workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced bookbinder’s alike.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13. This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819



This workshop is fully booked

Learn Bookbinding Workshops October 2017

Introduction to Bookbinding

Wednesday 25th October – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

This is Learn Bookbinding’s most popular course.

Introduction to Bookbinding. You will learn traditional multi-signature binding, suitable for complete beginners. You will take home at least one beautiful hard-backed half-cloth book that you have made yourself, from start to finish. All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops October 2017

Half Leather Binding

Saturday 28th October – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

My most advanced workshop in bookbinding in which you will be introduced to working with leather and learn how to sew and construct a book with a corded spine. You will create a beautiful traditional book with a convex curved spine and raised bands.  I recommend this workshop to anyone who has already attended the introductory one day course and feels very confident with their manual skills.  You will take home one A5 300 page blank book.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£70 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops November 2017

Introduction to Bookbinding

Saturday 4th November – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

This is Learn Bookbinding’s most popular course.

Introduction to Bookbinding. You will learn traditional multi-signature binding, suitable for complete beginners. You will take home at least one beautiful hard-backed half-cloth book that you have made yourself, from start to finish. All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops November 2017

Make Your Own Hollow-Backed Journal

Saturday November 11th – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon


If you have already attended the Introduction to bookbinding workshop and would like to take your skills to the next level, this is the workshop for you.

You will use a sewing frame and a lying press to make a traditional hollow back book. The signatures are sewn onto tapes and the book-block is rounded; the book has a convex curved spine and a concave curved fore-edge.

You will take home a beautiful A5 half-bound journal with over 300 pages of fine quality paper, featuring headbands, and a ribbon page marker.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£65 per person including all tools & materials – and tea & biscuits 🙂

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops November 2017

Make Your Own Photograph Albums

Saturday 18th November – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

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 a handsome photograph album, complete with page guards, interleaves and metal menu corners held together with metal binding posts and the front cover can feature your own photograph or illustration.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£65 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops November 2017


Boxmaking: Lidded Boxes

Saturday 25th November – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

A one day workshop providing a great introduction to box-making.

Suitable for both beginners and those with prior box-making experience. Learn to make a high quality boxes with close fitting with pull off lids – for almost any purpose imaginable; storage and archiving, gift and keepsake boxes. Once you start making boxes, I guarantee, you won’t want to stop!

You will learn the carcase-build method of construction. In this workshop you will make a solid, fine quality box, from two-ply board. You learn how to cover and line it perfectly in a choice of delicious papers. You will make a beautiful, high quality hand built box that will last for many, many years.

Box-making is perfect for the do-it-at-home bookbinder!

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person including all tools & materials – and tea & biscuits 🙂

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops December 2017

Introduction to Bookbinding

Saturday 2nd December – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

This is Learn Bookbinding’s most popular course.

Introduction to Bookbinding. You will learn traditional multi-signature binding, suitable for complete beginners. You will take home at least one beautiful hard-backed half-cloth book that you have made yourself, from start to finish. All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£55 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




Learn Bookbinding Workshops December 2017

Leather Midori Style Traveller’s Notebook

Saturday 9th December – 10am until 4.30pm – The Studio, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon

In recent years Midori Traveler’s Notebooks have reached a cult status among the analogue notekeepers, bullet journalers and stationary lovers of this world and its not hard to understand why. Of all the books I make, my traveler’s journal is my favourite. It is the perfect balance of form and function.

In this one-day, no-glue workshop you will make your own full-size traveler’s notebook with a robust, thick, quality pull-up leather cover in a colour of your choosing and a selection of saddle stitched notebook inserts to suit your own style of information organizing.

You’ll add pockets and accessories, shock cord keepers and a book mark and finish it off with the signature tin button.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced bookbinder’s alike.

All tools and materials are provided for the day. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. This workshop is not suitable for children, minimum age 13.

This Workshop will be held at my studio situated in Boutport Street in the centre of Barnstaple.

£70 per person

If you have any questions about this workshop or would like to speak to me prior to booking, please email me at mandyflockton@gmail.com or telephone 01598 711819




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