Intro to Bookbinding

‘Gotta go- I’m working on a book.’
‘I didn’t know you are a writer.’
I’m not. I’m a book binder’…..

If you would like to create a unique gift for someone or own something special that you have made yourself, then bookbinding is a pleasurable pastime and easy to replicate at home. We have an evening taster course or a weekend day workshop. All of our bookbinding workshops are led by Joe Dixon. Joe is a professional binder and restorer with a busy workshop in London. His teaching style promotes confidence and all of the courses are suitable for absolute beginners.

Intro to Bookbinding – One Evening
An amazing introduction to the art of bookbinding. Over one evening, professional binder and restorer Joe Dixon will unlock the secrets of bookbinding and guide you through the process of making your own notebook to take home and treasure. Learners will learn how to fold, sew, trim and ‘case in’ a single signature blank hardback.

All equipment, tools and materials are provided. We have a varied selection of papers and cloth to personalise your own design. Sketch, doodle or jot those ‘To Do’ lists and light bulb moments in style. This workshop is completely suitable for beginners and takes place over one evening 7.00pm – 9pm.

One Day Bookbinding – A5 Notebook
Join us for a one day immersive workshop with experienced bookbinder Joe Dixon. In this course, learners will create a multi signature A6 notebook. The book will be hand sewn, the spine lined and cased in using traditional techniques, using a quarter bound style.

This workshop is also suitable for beginners and takes place over one day 10am – 5pm.

One Day Bookbinding – Travel Journal 
In this one day course students will learn how to bind their own travel journal complete with pencil holder. Students will fold, sew, trim and case in an A6 notebook which is a perfect journal for your travels.

Joe will be able to show you everything you will need to get going on this fascinating pastime. Bespoke books make awesome presents and writing in a book you have ‘made’ is a very special experience. This workshop is also suitable for beginners and takes place over one day 10am – 5pm.

One day Bookbinding – Photo Album
​In this one day course students will learn how to sew, trim and bind a small photo album; using a quarter cloth binding technique and decorative paper. The photo album will be landscape, big enough to hold a standard photo print.

This workshop is also suitable for beginners and takes place over one day 10am – 5pm.

Bookbinding – 6 Week Evening Course
Over 6 evenings students will learn the skills involved in creating traditionally bound books. Students will create 3 different bindings – a single signature quarter bound A5 notebook, a multi signature quarter bound A6 journal and a half bound A6 multi signature French link stitch binding with rounded spine. All the skills learnt can be replicated with minimal tools and equipment.

Now the world of gorgeous papers, contrasting patterns and bespoke styles will open to you, allowing you to make unique lined, dotted, plain or grid lined books. You might even be able to part with a few as very special gifts.

This workshop is completely suitable for beginners and takes place over six evenings 7.00pm – 9pm.

Materials

All equipment, tools and materials are provided. We have a varied selection of papers and cloth to personalise your own design.

About Joe

Joe Dixon is a London based bookbinding tutor, book restorer and producer of bespoke hand bound products.
With over 10 years experience teaching bookbinding and associated arts he offers a full range of courses and workshops aimed at both beginners and advanced students. Joe also restores leather and cloth bindings as well as offering a bespoke bookbinding service.

Bookbinding Workshops

Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sat 28/04/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE DAY - NOTEBOOK 1 day £115 Introductory price! Details Register
Sun 24/06/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE DAY - TRAVEL JOURNAL 1 day £115 New course! Details Register
Tue 03/07/2018 19:00 21:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE EVENING 1 evening £55 Introductory price! Details Register
Sun 15/07/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE DAY - PHOTO ALBUM 1 day £115 New course! Details Register
Tue 02/10/2018 19:00 21:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE EVENING 1 evening £55 Introductory price! Details Sold Out
Sun 28/10/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE DAY - TRAVEL JOURNAL 1 day £115 New course! Details Register
Tue 30/10/2018 19:00 21:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE EVENING 1 evening £55 Introductory price! Details Register
Tue 13/11/2018 19:00 21:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE EVENING 1 evening £55 Introductory price! Details Register
Sat 17/11/2018 10:00 17:00 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING - ONE DAY - PHOTO ALBUM 1 day £115 New course! Details Register

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