Bookbinding Kits & Online 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!

My bookbinding workshops come as pre-recorded video tutorials – this means that you can work through them at your own pace and see the detailed stitching bit up close – upon purchase you will be sent a special link and password to access these.

Most of my workshops come with an optional kit with all the tools and materials you need to make a number of books – these include lots of inspiring remnant materials and ethically produced tools to get creative with! This workshop and kit combo makes for a great present for that creative someone in your life – all wrapped up in eco packaging with the option to add a personal message.

I love to collaborate with other artists and have shaped a range of joint workshops that combine bookbinding with different creative mediums such as printing, sketching and writing – these workshops often include an optional Zoom live element where you can ask questions, meet fellow participants and get inspired.

*All my kits come with a supply of Flat White Paper which is made from recycled coffee cups and is great for watercolour, sketching and general note taking.

Read on for an overview of my current workshops and click on the links provided for more information…


Layered Cross Stitch Journal

Layered Cross Stitch

My most popular kit and tutorial combo – this leather or vegan leather journal contains a mix of patterned and plain papers bound together with a decorative exposed cross stitch.

A great technique that makes for an eye-catching sketchbook, diary or journal, with lots of opportunity to personalise. Buy access to just the tutorials or add a specially curated bookbinding kit with all the tools and materials you need to make 2 A6 size books. If you already have the tools you can also buy access to just the materials.

  • Prices range from £25 – £68 depending on type of kit and shipping options

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 to make 3 of my favourite book structures – an accordion fold book, Japanese Stab Bound book and an exposed long stitch leather/pleather journal. A great opportunity to get to grips with a range of book making techniques and create a collection of books in various sizes, from A7 to A5 that make great sketchbooks, notebooks and journals.

  • £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. Make along with me and create a bounty of beautiful books that can be used as nature journals, notebooks and/or sketchbooks, plus a collection of leaf stamps that can be used again and again for lots of different craft projects.

  • £20 for access to video tutorials 

Click here for more information and to purchase.


Online Bookbinding & Sketching Workshop

Mark Kirkam, aka ‘The Edinburgh Sketcher’, and I regularly 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 straight away using a combination of fine liner and watercolour!

Optional materials / tool kit available, video tutorials can be worked through at your own pace. Optional Zoom sharing event on Monday 26 October, 6-7.30pm, where you can ask questions, share your work and get hints and tips to inspire your bookbinding & sketching practice.

  • Workshop costs £80 – £130 – price varies depending on kit option

For more information and to book your place see the Arienas Collective website.


Rainbow Junk Journal – a printing and bookbinding workshop

I’ve teamed up with fabulous Printmaker and Artist Lou Davis for this collaborative workshop that combines gel plate printing with bookbinding – a celebration of texture, colour and bookbinding that will result in an chunky A5 journal.

In our step-by-step video tutorials we’ll take you through how to make a gel plate from scratch and use it to create eye catching prints, before binding your work together with an exposed cross stitch. There’s lots more too it than that so do click on the link below for more info.

You can work your way through the video tutorials at your own pace and either source the tools/materials yourself or take advantage of our kit options which provide everything you need delivered straight to your door.

Join us for an optional Zoom sharing event on 2 November, 6-7.30pm, to ask questions, share your work and get inspired with fellow participants.

  • Workshop costs £80 – £130 – price varies depending on kit option

For more information and to book your place see the Arienas Collective website.


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 online workshop invites you to experiment with a range of bookbinding and writing exercises to create an envelope book of memories and letters to the future – a unique personal project or gift for a loved one.

Workshop delivered via a series of video tutorials and supported with a specially curated materials / tool kit.

Optional Zoom live welcome event on Sunday 22 November, 2-3.30pm and follow up Zoom sharing event on 13 December. Kits and access to the video tutorials will be sent out on 16 November.

  • Workshop costs £65-£70 depending on kit option

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


Cyanotype & Bookbinding

cyanotype and bookbinding

I’ve joined forces with Photographer & 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.

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 source yourself –

  • £45 for access to the cyanotype & bookbinding video tutorials
  • £22.50 for access to the bookbinding video tutorials

Click here for more information and to purchase.


Ecoprint, Dye & Stitch: a collaborative workshop – May 2021

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Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw have moved our popular collaborative Ecoprint and Bookbinding workshop online and we would love you to join us – the next edition takes place in May 2021!

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 1 and 16 May. You will receive a materials/tool kit prior to the first online workshop along with access to a series of pre-recorded bookbinding videos.

  • £150 (+ Eventbrite booking fee) – includes access to online workshop and materials/toolkit shipped to mainline UK
  • £100 (+Eventbrite booking fee) – access to online workshop and materials kit list for you to source the materials yourself

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


Gra-tea-tude Journal – FREE workshop

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I teamed up with Eteaket for a special Gra-tea-tude event on 22 May 2020 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 I have put together a kit list which includes materials/tools you may already have at home. 

Click here to access this free workshop and make along with me – this is a great way to get a feel for my teaching style, and make a nifty book in the process.