Upcoming Classes

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Brignell Bookbinders CB1 2LG
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    Make your own hard-backed notebook and emboss it with a title or your name. A thrilling achievement in a day and a great gift if you can bear to put someone else's name on it! Combine this with the raised bands class and/or a slipcase or solander box class for a truly special project. This could even be the beginning of your journey into leather bindings (see March 24). 
    We work on a standard size of 120mm x 165mm and 200 pages so that all projects are uniform and can mix'n'match.


    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cambridge Artworks CB4 3EF
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    This stylish album, designed by Ben Elbel and named after the artist David Shrigley, can be expanded or decreased with ease to suit the number of pictures you want to display. The clever use of a concertina binding with attached frames can be hard or soft bound to suit requirements.

    It would work beautifully for photographs, postcards, prints and would make a great professional portfolio or personal gift. And it's great fun to make!

    • 11 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cambridge Artworks, CB4 3EF
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    These beautiful and versatile structures are a prefect place to start, or continue, your  bookbinding journey.

    The  5-week programme takes you, step by step, through four new structures

    Long Stitch binding,
    Islamic-style,
    Wrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and Tue-mouche  (Posh Paper), all held together in a lined and lidded box. These books make gorgeous gifts and, as with Beginning Bookbinding, the techniques and skills are interchangeable allowing you to develop your own creative finishes.

    The class is designed for beginners and it is not necessary to have any previous experience. This series focuses on more 'artsy' structures whilst Beginning Bookbinding focuses on more 'everyday' styles. The classes can be taken in any order.

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Lodge Flower & Craft School, PE28 9DF

    The historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding is a very popular class and the photograph above is from the event on August 11. We are missing two books but the collection above includes one by Jenny Ollerenshaw using her own marbled paper (far left) and one by Katy Duncan using her own lino cut print (far right). The next class will be held at a lovely new venue in Hemingford Grey - The Lodge Flower and Craft School and bookings can be made through that site. (I think I'd like to book in for the term and do all the classes!)

    The binding allows the book to lie perfectly flat and also to open to 360 degrees, making it popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketch book. Also, the exposed spine stitching has enormous visual appeal.

    During the day you will learn how to prepare the pages for binding as well as decide on your own personal decorative style for board covering before getting to grips with the stitching. You will also have creative input on the appearance of the spine itself.
    Suitable for beginners.

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Brignell Bookbinders CB1 2LG
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     Learn the basics of repairs to a cloth bound book where the end and title pages may be damaged along with the spine and board corners. We use a variety of cloth, papers and tissues as appropriate for the book to strengthen and reback the spine. If necessary, some page/paper repair will be done in situ or demonstrated. Where possible we will also touch up or replace lettering.
    Designed for beginners.

    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • All Saints Church, CB5 8BP
    • 10
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    If you’ve ever been curious about how books are made and wanted to immerse yourself in a piece of local history, this is the event for you. 

    This book structure combines modern and ancient binding techniques giving an opportunity to explore elements of both. When finished, the structure lies completely flat and also folds back on itself making it useful both as a journal or album as well as an on-the-go sketchbook.

    This class will take place in a very special setting: All Saints’ Church, Cambridge. All Saints’ was built in the 1860s to the plans of the famous nineteenth-century architect G.F. Bodley, who worked closely with Arts and Crafts artists such as William Morris and local artists such as Frederick Leach. The simple wooden door opens into a dramatic blast of colour and pattern with almost every surface painted, stencilled or with gilded decoration. All Saints’ is now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity with over 350 churches in its care. 25% of fees will be donated back to the charity. 

    We will use some of the now very limited stock of beautiful Cockerell marbled papers which have a strong local connection. Douglas Cockerell was one of the country’s most noted Arts and Crafts bookbinders and the brother of Sydney Cockerell, private secretary to William Morris and Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum. The marbling style was developed by the Cockerell family in Letchworth , then Grantchester and finally brought to the Cockerell Marbled Papers studio in Barton where production stopped in 2012.

    The class is suitable for complete beginners but is also designed to impart valuable skills whether you are new to bookbinding or have already dabbled!



    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Lodge Flower & Craft School PE28 9DF

    Kate and I are delighted to be doing a third presentation of this class this time at the lovely new venue - The Lodge Flower and Craft School in Hemingford Grey. Booking is now open on that site.

    Kate will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more .

    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 4
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    You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.  

    Week 1: Introduction and Quarter Bound Single Section
    Week 2: Concertina Binding
    Week 3: Hard Bound Journal
    Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
    Week 5: Lined Slipcase
     These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability. 

    • 30 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 5
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    You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.  

    Week 1: Introduction and Quarter Bound Single Section
    Week 2: Concertina Binding
    Week 3: Hard Bound Journal
    Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
    Week 5: Lined Slipcase
     These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability. 

Past events

11 Aug 2018 Coptic Binding Saturday August 11
14 Jul 2018 Full Leather Case Bound Journal Saturday July 14
11 Jul 2018 Hand Sewn End Bands, Wednesday July 11
03 Jul 2018 Creative Marbling and Binding with Kate Brett and Edel, Tuesday July 3
23 Jun 2018 Paperback/Paper/Page Repair, Saturday June 23
05 Jun 2018 Box Making, Tuesday June 5
30 May 2018 Beginning Bookbinding (5 evenings) from Wed May 30
26 May 2018 **NEW**Drum Leaf Binding, Sat May 26
20 Apr 2018 **NEW** Sewn Boards Binding, Fri April 20
17 Apr 2018 Creative Marbling and Bookbinding with Kate Brett and Edel Hopkin
07 Mar 2018 Drop Back (Clamshell) Box, Wed, March 7
24 Feb 2018 Case Bound Journal (std) Sat Feb 24
19 Feb 2018 The Wrap (5 evenings) from Mon, Feb 19
12 Feb 2018 At the Cutting Edge, Mon Feb 12
27 Jan 2018 Box Making, Sat Jan 27
11 Jan 2018 Beginning Bookbinding (5 evenings) from Thurs Jan 11
18 Nov 2017 Case Bound Journal Sat Nov 18
14 Nov 2017 Coptic Binding Tues Nov 14
13 Nov 2017 Travel Journal
02 Nov 2017 Concertina Binding
01 Nov 2017 Single Page Loop Binding Wed Nov 1
21 Oct 2017 Full Leather Case Bound Journal Sat Oct 21
11 Oct 2017 Coptic Binding Wed Oct 11
23 Sep 2017 Boxes Sat Sept 23
13 Sep 2017 The Wrap (5 evenings) from Wednesday, September 13
11 Sep 2017 The Wrap (5 evenings) from Monday, September 11
07 Sep 2017 Beginning Bookbinding (5 evenings) from Thurs Sept 7
23 Aug 2017 Raised Bands Wed Aug 23
22 Jul 2017 Photograph Album Sat July 22
28 Jun 2017 Travel Journal Wed June 28
24 Jun 2017 Case Bound Journal Sat June 24
27 May 2017 Case Bound Journal Sat May 27
23 May 2017 Secret Belgian Binding Tues May 23
10 May 2017 Beginning Bookbinding (5 evenings) starting Wed May 10
22 Apr 2017 Case Bound Journal Sat April 22
05 Apr 2017 Artist's Sketchbook Wed April 5
25 Feb 2017 Book and Page Repairs Sat Feb 25
05 Feb 2017 The Art and Craft of the Book Sun Feb 5
01 Feb 2017 Beginning Bookbinding (5 evenings) starting Wed Feb 1
28 Jan 2017 Case Bound Journal Sat Jan 28
23 Jan 2017 Box Making Mon Jan 23
14 Jan 2017 Wedding Table Guest Memory Books
03 Dec 2016 Mill Road Winter Fair Sat Dec 3
26 Nov 2016 Making Winter Sat/Sun 26/27 Nov
19 Nov 2016 Case Bound Journal Sat Nov 19
17 Nov 2016 The Art of the Book Thurs 17 Nov
16 Nov 2016 *new* Book-in-a-Box Wed 16 Nov
02 Nov 2016 Beginning Bookbinding I (5 evenings) starting Wed 2 Nov
22 Oct 2016 Cloth Back Repairs Sat 22 Oct
06 Oct 2016 Beginning Bookbinding II (5 evenings) starting Thurs 6 Oct
06 Oct 2016 The Art of the Book Thurs 6 Oct
30 Sep 2016 *new* Limp Vellum-style Bindings Fri 30 Sept
27 Sep 2016 Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale Make Your Own Book - Tues 27 Sept
24 Sep 2016 Open Workshop - Sat 24 Sept
19 Sep 2016 Beginning Bookbinding I (5 mornings) starting Mon 19 Sept
27 Aug 2016 Open Workshop - Sat 27 Aug
16 Aug 2016 Raised Bands 1/4 Leather Tues 16 Aug
13 Aug 2016 Solander Box - Sat Aug 13
30 Jul 2016 Open Workshop - Sat July 30
16 Jul 2016 Paperback Repairs - Sat July 16
13 Jul 2016 Coptic Binding - Wed 13 Jul
25 Jun 2016 Open Workshop - Sat June 25
23 Jun 2016 Dos-a-Dos - Thurs 23 Jun
28 May 2016 Open Workshop - Sat May 28
07 May 2016 Hard Backed Journal - Sat May 7
30 Apr 2016 Slipcase and Box - Sat April 30
28 Apr 2016 Beginning Bookbinding (5 eve. classes) starting 28/4/16
18 Apr 2016 Beginning Bookbinding - April 18-22
12 Apr 2016 Japanese Album Binding - Tues April 12
07 Apr 2016 Case Bound Journal Thurs April 7
19 Mar 2016 Repairs/1 -Cloth Case - Sat March 19
15 Mar 2016 Limp Bindings - Tues March 15
13 Mar 2016 Coptic Binding - Sun March 13
27 Feb 2016 Hard Backed Journal
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