Bookbinding Kits & Workshops

My series of online bookbinding workshops share my passion for making books out of upcycled materials and aim to equip you with the skills to make unique and usable books around your kitchen table!

There are a number of options for learning bookbinding with me online:

  • Time dated online workshops – these tend to be collaborative workshops that I run in partnership with other artists and are a mix of pre-recorded video tutorials and live zoom events where you can meet your fellow classmates, ask questions, see demonstrations and share your work. We tend to cap numbers for these workshops to create a community feel and ensure there is enough tutor-participant support. There is the option to buy a kit which includes all the tools/materials you will need or you can provide your own and request a kit list. The key dates for each of these workshops are listed in bold, but if you can’t make the live element it is possible to receive a recording of this to watch at a time that works for you – get in touch if this is the case so we can arrange.
  • Pre-recorded workshop and optional kit – there is no live element to these workshops so you can work through the pre-recorded video tutorials in your own time. Upon purchase you will receive a link which gives you access to a series of step-by-step video tutorials, a kit list, information on suppliers and useful links. Where available you can purchase an accompanying kit, which includes everything you need to make several books – these make great gifts and include first class postage within the UK. *If you are based further afield, get in touch for information on postal charges.*

Read on for details of the online workshops I currently have available – time dated workshops are listed first, followed by pre-recorded tutorials and kit options . . .


Online Bookbinding & Sketching Workshop – September/October

Mark Kirkam, aka ‘The Edinburgh Sketcher’, and I usually teach together at the fabulous Arienas Collective but this is our first online offering and we’d love to have you along for the ride! 

This jam packed series of online tutorials will equip you with the skills to create a set of handmade sketchbooks and inspire you to start using them with a mix of fine liner and watercolour straight away!

During lockdown Mark and I have come to appreciate the everyday, particularly our beloved house plants and the nature on our doorstep. This series of pre-recorded video tutorials will encourage you to work with what’s around you and get creative in your own space, in your own time.

First up, I will guide you on how to make a handy, refillable book case, ideal for sketching on the go, with the added benefit of being multi-use – the inserts are interchangeable so you can re-jig the inside depending on what you want to sketch on that day. There’ll also be chance to make a cut and fold concertina book and a series of stitched sketchbooks made up of different types of paper to add colour and texture to your sketching. I’ll also share a nifty technique for stitching single signature sketchbooks together once they have been filled – a great way to collate your work and keep it in one place!

Mark will join me throughout the bookmaking to share tips and ideas for adding a personal touch to your books and watercolour washes to your paper – a great way to take a way that blank page fear in preparation for sketching. Once your books are complete Mark will take you through a number of drawing exercises that will focus mainly on pot plants you have in and around your house, and the exterior of your home. This will involve working with an ink pen and watercolour set, exploring tone, light and shading to discover your own style and create sketches full of character.

Kits and links to our selection of online tutorials will be sent out on 5 October. All participants are invited to join a Zoom sharing event on Monday 26 October, 6-7.30pm, where you can ask questions, share your work and get hints and tips for your bookbinding & sketching practice.

Workshop costs £80 – £130 – price varies depending on whether you would like an accompanying materials/tool kit.

For more information and to book your place see this event listing on the Arienas Collective website.


Ecoprint, Dye & Stitch: a collaborative workshop – October

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Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw and I are moving our popular collaborative Ecoprint and Bookbinding workshop online this October and we would love you to join us!

This is a great opportunity to learn the magical (and scientific) process of printing leaves onto paper and fabric using natural tanin in the leaves as well as some other key ingredients to give stunning results, including iron and Sapan Wood. Elisabeth will share her tried and tested techniques with you, allowing you to create your own set of beautiful leaf prints!

I will then show you how to transform a number of your prints into unique and usable books, including a fold book, Japanese Stab sample book and Nature Journal with decorative exposed binding – a great way to display your work and create one-of-a-kind books that make great personal journals, Artists Books and gifts.

The workshop will take place via Zoom on 10 and 24 October. You will receive a materials/tool kit prior to the first online workshop along with access to a series of pre-recorded bookbinding videos.

This online workshop and materials/tool kit combo costs £150 (+ Eventbrite booking fee) / access to the workshop, minus the kit – £100.

For more information and to book, see Elisabeth’s Eventbrite page here.


Letters to the Future: a writing and bookbinding workshop – November/December

Join writer Julie Galante and I for this special ‘letter’ themed workshop – part of the Book Week Scotland festival programme 2020!

Inspired by this year’s festival theme, this workshop invites you to create a book of memories and letters to the future, resulting in a unique personal project or gift for a loved one.

Via a live Zoom event and a series of pre-recorded online tutorials, Cass and Julie will lead you through the making process and provide you with writing guidance and exercises that explore themes of self-reflection, hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future, resulting in a hand-bound collection of uplifting, inspiring and poignant letters.

The book structure will involve making and decorating envelopes, stitching them together using an exposed French link stitch and adding a hard front and back cover – a great structure for storing your own writing as well as cards and letters you have received.

A kit containing all the tools and materials you will need is included in the workshop – this consists of good quality bookbinding tools, a range of recycled, vintage and decorative papers, stamps, stickers and a few surprises… trust us when we say it will be a joy to open!

Upon signing up to this workshop you will receive an invite to a Zoom live event on Sunday 22 November, 2-3.30pm. This is an opportunity for Julie and Cass to welcome you to the workshop, go through how it will run, introduce what’s in your kit, share some examples and answer any of your questions.

Following this session you will be given access to Julie and Cass’s ‘how to’ video instructions to work through in your own time, plus an invite to re-group on 13 December to share your creations as part of a Zoom live sharing event.

Workshop costs £65-£70 depending on kit options.

For more information and to book your place visit this event listing on Julies website.


Gra-tea-tude Journal workshop – FREE

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I teamed up with Eteaket for a special Gra-tea-tude event on 22 May and put together a limited edition of Gra-tea-tude Journal kits to accompany this along with a free to watch video tutorial. My limited edition kits have now sold out but you may well already have what you need at home. Click here for a materials/tool list and to watch my free ‘how to’ videos.


Layered Cross Stitch Journal

Layered Cross Stitch

This eye-catching leather/pleather journal has a decorative cross stitch binding and nifty fastening to liven up your note taking. A great technique that makes for an eye-catching sketchbook or personal journal, with lots of opportunity to personalise.

  • £45 for kit with tools, materials and video tutorials to make 2 A6 books (includes first class postage within the UK)
  • £20 for access to the video tutorial only

Click here for more information and to purchase.


Coptic Binding

Get to grips with Coptic Binding and create a hardback A6 portrait and A7 landscape book with collaged cover and button / ribbon fastening. A decorative stitch that makes for a great sketchbook, Artists Book, photo album and/or memory book.

  • £45 for kit with tools, materials and video tutorials to make 2 books (includes first class postage within the UK)
  • £20 for access to the video tutorial only

Click here for more information and to purchase.


The Sketchbook Selection

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This kit includes all the tools, materials and know how you need to make 3 of my favourites – an accordion fold book, Japanese Stab Bound book and an exposed long stitch leather/pleather journal. Kit comes with Flat White Paper in a range of sizes, made from recycled coffee cups, which is great for watercolour, sketching and general note taking.

  • £65 (includes first class postage within the UK)
  • £30 for access to the video tutorials only

Click here for more information and to purchase.


Bookbinding & Botanicals

Part foraging and plant identification, part mark-making and bookbinding – Bookbinding & Botanicals will inspire you to get back to nature and get creative, with lots of ideas on how to use a range of low-fi mark making techniques to create a bounty of beautiful books that can be used as nature journals, notebooks and/or sketchbooks.

Created to celebrate Children’s Art Week, this craft kit and video tutorial combo is suitable for children aged 8+, with assistance from an adult – a great family activity to do together in the summer holidays! Older children (11+) should be able to manage without assistance. And of course big kids i.e. adults are welcome to join in too – I regularly use these techniques in my adult only workshops and look forward to sharing some ideas for how you can apply them to create stunning results!

  • £30 for kit with tools, materials and video tutorials to make 3 books and a set of reusable botanical stamps *NOW SOLD OUT*
  • £20 for access to video tutorials only 

Click here for more information and to purchase.


Cyanotype & Bookbinding

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I’ve teamed up with Artist Kit Martin for this blue themed workshop, which shares techniques in cyanotype printing and bookbinding.

Kit will introduce the cyanotype process and guide you in creating a range of magical blue prints onto paper via a series of step-by-step videos. I will then show you how to make a hardback book with decorative triple chain stitch and a bundle of single chain stitch notebooks with the option to incorporate your prints into the cover and/or inside pages.

The videos can be accessed at any point and worked through at your own pace. Kits for this workshop are now sold out but you can buy access to the video tutorials, which come with a list of readily available tools/materials that you can buy yourself –

  • £45 for access to the cyanotype & bookbinding video tutorials, comes with tools/materials kit list
  • £22.50 for access to the bookbinding video tutorials, comes with a tools/materials kit list

Click here for more information and to purchase.


*Please note: my prices include first class postage within the UK, if you are based further afield, please get in touch for additional shipping costs.