Upcoming Classes

    • 26 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Brignell Bookbinders, CB1 2LG
    • 0
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    This adhesive binding is a perfect structure for printmakers, photographers, calligraphers or anyone who wishes to present visual narratives with no sewing thread to interrupt the flow of imagery. Because a drum leaf book is not laid out in signatures but made of single-sided folios, the complexities of text layout are avoided. 

    • 30 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ArtWorks CB4 3EF
    • 3

    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. 

    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Cambridge Artworks CB4 3EF
    • 3

    Whilst slipcases and clamshell boxes are most common in bookbinding many people just love boxes for boxes' sake so this class is for you!  We will explore a variety of options including stacking, dividing and alternative lids whilst also working on (thru demonstration and practice) the all-important skills of measuring and covering. All participants will work to the same template but there will be the opportunity for personalisation in covering and lining materials. You will go home with one beautiful box and the materials to practice another tray, turning the whole project into a handmade masterpiece!

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Brignell Bookbinders, CB1 2LG
    • 1

    Give a worn but much-loved paperback a new lease of life paying particular attention to page cleaning and repair as well as rebinding in a soft or hard cover.

    Photo to follow

    • 03 Jul 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP
    • 3

    After a hugely exciting and productive day of marbling and book making in April we are delighted to be able to fit another day in the calendar. 

    We will return to Stapleford Granary where we found the room is just perfect for us - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! 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 .

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artworks, CB4 3EF
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    I'm delighted to introduce this class which will be run by Doug Mitchell, recently of The British Library and one of my early teachers. Doug  will cover

    Making Cores, flat and round
    Sewing a Primary Headband
    Secondary Headband sewing with colours
    Western style two colour primary headband with back and front beads
    Islamic headband (primary and secondary sewing)

    Shortly after registration you will receive an email with further information on the preparation required for the class.

    • 09 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • ArtSpace, CB4 3EF
    • 5

    During this one day class we use a mixture of demonstration and practice to ensure that you finish the day with a completed quarter leather raised bands book. A stunning book and skills that you can transfer home if you wish.

    As a general rule, we use locally sourced hand marbled paper to compliment the leather. Payhembury Papers are international suppliers of beautiful marbled papers and are based in Pampisford.
    The class is suitable for beginners and it is recommended but not essential that it is combined with the hard backed case bound journal (either the one day class or Beginning Bookbinding).   
    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brignel Bookbinders, CB1 2LG
    • 3

    The historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding is a very popular class.
    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.

    • 13 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Cambrige Artworks, CB4 3EF
    • 5

    "In bookbinding, a dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning "back-to-back") is a binding structure in which two separate books are bound together such that the fore edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other, with a shared lower board between them serving as the back cover of both. When shelved, the spine of the book to the right faces outward, while the spine of the book to the left faces the back of the shelf; the text of both works runs head-to-tail." (Straight from Wikipedia!)

    But why stop with two? In this workshop we will use three pamphlet-stitched book blocks, binding them in a tres-à-tres style. We will stop briefly at the dos-à-dos and review what we've done up to this point so you go away able to recreate both styles.
    be prepared for a busy day!)

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Brignell Bookbinders CB1 2LG
    • 5

    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 - 4:30 PM
    • Cambridge ArtSpace CB4 3EF
    • 8

    Dear Enthusiasts!

    Please keep this date free! We will be launching a new book/album style here with info and photos soon.

    Best regards

Past events

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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