Upcoming Classes

    • 21 May 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sir John Soane's Museum. London WC2A 3BP
    • 5

    This historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding workshop will be held at the wonderful Sir John Soane's Museum, for more details and booking please click here. 

    The session begins with an exclusive visit to the Museum’s Reference Library and Archive where Dr Frances Sands, Curator of Drawings and Books, will show you some different examples of bindings from Sir John Soane’s collection. 

    Returning to Art Room, you will complete and stitch a multi-sectioned, adhesive-free book. Your completed book lies flat when open and is popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketchbook.

    Suitable for beginners.

    • 24 May 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Stable Studio. Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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     Sharp tools are essential to our bookbinding and     during this  three-hour session you will make your own leather handled paring knife from a blank and a strop to take away with you.

    Paring knives are an essential tool for using with leather and I will be offering a day learning how to pare leather later in the year.

    Richard will teach you to sharpen your own tools using the techniques and holding devices demonstrated during the session.

    All materials and equipment will be supplied and you will leave with your own knife and strop.

    Stapleford Granary has easy car parking and is within walking distance of Shelford railway station.

    • 27 May 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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    Learn to pare leather with Doug Mitchell and then go onto use your thinned leather to make your own quarter bound hard-backed notebook. 

    A thrilling achievement in a day and could be a great gift if you can bear to part with your finished book! You will learn through a mixture of demonstration and practice.


    This class is best suited to those with some previous experience of bookbinding.

    Stapleford Granary has easy Car Parking and is within walking distance of Shelford Railway Station.

    • 31 May 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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    Learn how to make the Elbum, designed by Ben Elbel,  a fun and clever album structure which holds its pages by gripping them into a series of articulated  narrow pockets. This is a  treasure of paper engineering, this project is also a great introduction to concertina folding by hand as it requires precision folding. There will be an opportunity to practice with making a prototype before moving onto your finished Elbum. This is ideal if you are looking for a book structure that will hold individual pages.

    This class is suitable for beginners as well as those with some bookbinding experience. 

    Stapleford Granary  has easy car parking and is within walking distance of Shelford Railway Station

    • 07 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
    • 4
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    The Sewn Boards Binding, brought to prominence by American binder Gary Frost,  is the subject of many conversations and variations and with good reason. As well as being an adaptation of ancient Ethiopian binding techniques it also looks 'bang up-to-date' with its crisp edges and streamlined opening ability. It is a great extension to existing binding skills and is also a very helpful starting point for new binders as it does not require the traditional casing-in process! As with other classes, this workshop is taught so that you can repeat at home.

    All equipment and materials required will be provided along with step by step demonstration and practice.

    Stapleford Granary has easy car parking and is within walking distance of Shelford Railway Station.

    • 14 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary, Stapleford. CB22 5BP
    • 2
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    These beautiful and versatile structures are a perfect 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 styleWrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and 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.

    Stapleford Granary has easy car parking and is within walking distance from Shelford Railway station.

    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 0
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    Most classes teach techniques for binding a number of signatures into a book but of course there is often the need to bind single pages too, particularly amongst artists and printmakers.

    During this one-day class you will learn how to prepare and make a ‘loop binding. The chief value of this binding is that it hold single pages in a traditional book format. It lies flat when open and is a beautiful structure in which to present prints, photographs or other flatwork. It is also popular as a journal, travel book or artist sketchbook. It is a structure which can be made at home with minimal equipment, and makes a fabulous gift. Once you've done this class it will be possible to bind anything 2-dimensional into a book form -  tiles, slates, sheets of perspex or balsa wood; even paper!

    Suitable for beginners.

    Stapleford Granary has easy car parking

    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 3
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    Learn how to make this wonderful curved sided box with a lift out tray designed by Richard Renouf. Richard will guide you through the processes to make this challenging but beautiful box, which could be used for storing  jewellery or other precious bits and pieces. 

    A selection of decorative papers and buckrams will be available for you to choose from. Over two days you will learn through demonstration and practice the all important skills of measuring, marking angles and cutting both board and paper, in the steps required to make this box.

    All equipment and materials will be provided along with step-by-step demonstration and practice.  

    This course not suitable for complete beginners.

    • 25 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio. Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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    I'm delighted to introduce this class which will be run by Doug Mitchell.

    Doug  will cover:Making cores, flat and round

    Sewing a primary headband with a round core using a back-bead technique

    Sew a primary headband with a flat core in two colours 

    Islamic chevron headband (primary and secondary sewing)

    *Please bring two flat backed paperback books (or handstitched and glued book blocks) with you, that you can sew your headbands onto.  All other materials will be supplied.

    • 28 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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    Doug Mitchell, a highly experienced book conservator, will lead the day, under his guidance and tuition you will learn the basics of book repairs using a variety of cloths, papers, tissues and adhesives. Through a mix of demonstration and practice you will learn how to: Deconstruct a book in a safe and systematic fashion, repair both individual pages and sections, prepare your book should it require resewing, replace the end papers, undertake any repairs to the

    cover in order to allow new material to be added.

    To get the most out of this one day class I would recommend that you have some bookbinding experience and that you have made a 'cased in' book, to enable you to understand how to deconstruct your book for repair. If you need further advice please do not hesitate to email me.

    All materials and equipment will be provided, but you will  need to bring with you one or two hard cover cloth bound books, no bigger than A5 and with a stable book block,  (as time is limited), that you are happy to replace the end papers on. 

    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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    Slight controversy over the title of this binding as the inventor (Anne Goy) wishes it to be known as CrissCross Binding but let's not split hairs or threads. This one is a beauty combining the best of western and Japanese bindings resulting in a closed but exposed spine which lies flat when open; a very versatile book that can be used as a journal, sketchbook or even photograph album. 

    This workshop is suitable for everyone whether you are a beginner or are looking to learn a new technique. All equipment and materials will be provided along with step-by-step demonstration and practice.  

    Stapleford Granary has easy car parking and is close to Shelford railway station.

    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 02 Jul 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP
    • 3
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    In February 2021 I was asked by the David Parr House to design some limited edition books for their crowdfunding campaign. The finished books were created with an inlaid design, based on one of the painted wall patterns in the house. This 2 day workshop will give you the opportunity to learn to create your own individually designed inlaid book cover, using a range of coloured buckrams, which you will then make into a hardbound book.

    This workshop is more suitable for those with some previous experience of bookbinding as it requires quite advanced cutting skills.

    All tools and materials will be provided.

    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 07 Aug 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Stable Studio, Stapleford Granary. CB22 5BP
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     A Tight Back binding is a historical binding where the book has a leather spine that is adhered directly to the spine, meaning that the covering material flexes as the spine is opened and closed.

    During this 2 day  weekend workshop you will be guided by Doug Mitchell and myself to stitch your book block onto cords, form the covers, pare the leather for the spines. before rounding the spine and completing your book. All materials and tools will be provided  along with step by step demonstration and practice.

    This course is not suitable for complete beginners.

    Stapleford Granary has easy car parking and is within walking distance of Shelford Railway station.

Past events

18 May 2022 Coptic Binding Wednesday May 18th
14 May 2022 *New* Three Tiered Box with Magnetic Fastening. Saturday, May 14th & Sunday, May 15th
10 May 2022 Japanese Stab bound Box, Tuesday May 10th
06 May 2022 *New* Richard's Curved Sided Trinket Box. Friday, May 6th & Saturday May 7th.
03 May 2022 Open Studio Session, May 3rd
29 Apr 2022 *New* Curved Sided Tissue Box. Friday, April 29th.
26 Apr 2022 Secret Belgian Binding, Tuesday, April 26th
26 Mar 2022 Beginning Bookbinding Weekend, Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th
19 Mar 2022 *New* At the Cutting Edge, With Richard Renouf, Saturday, March 19th
17 Mar 2022 Mixed Media Journal, Thursday, March 17th
05 Mar 2022 *New* Three Tiered Box with Magnetic Fastening. Saturday, March 5th & Sunday, March 6th
02 Mar 2022 The Wrap, (5 Mornings) from Wednesday, March 2nd
01 Mar 2022 The Artist's Collection, (5 Evenings) from Tuesday, March 1st
23 Feb 2022 Decorative Chain Stitched Books, Wednesday, February 23rd
18 Feb 2022 Secret Belgian Binding, Friday, February 18th
16 Feb 2022 Diamond Long Stitch Journal, Wednesday, February 16th
27 Nov 2021 The Elbum, Saturday, November 27th
13 Nov 2021 Miniature Books. Saturday November 13th. Please book directly with Cambridge Art Makers www.cambridgemakers.org/course/miniature-book-making-november-2021/
23 Oct 2021 *New* Tight Back Binding Weekend, Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday October 24th
20 Oct 2021 Sewn Boards Binding, Wednesday October 20th
16 Oct 2021 *New* The Elbum, Saturday, October 16th
13 Oct 2021 Stacking Boxes Wednesday October 13th
25 Sep 2021 The Artist's Collection Weekend Saturday September 25th and Sunday 26th
22 Sep 2021 Book and Page Repairs, with Doug Mitchell. Wednesday September 22nd
17 Sep 2021 Secret Belgian Binding, Friday, September 17th
11 Sep 2021 Beginning Bookbinding Weekend, Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th
09 Sep 2021 Crossed Structure Bindings, Thursday, September 9th
07 Sep 2021 Beginning Bookbinding (5 Evenings) from Tuesday September 7th
03 Sep 2021 Garden Journal Workshop with Small and Green - Friday, September 3rd. Booking via Mabel Fox Website
20 Aug 2021 *New* Developing an Inlaid Design for a Personalised Hardbound Binding, Friday, August 20th and Saturday 21st
13 Aug 2021 Secret Belgian Binding Friday August 13th
15 Jul 2021 Secret Belgian Binding, Thursday, July 15th Curwen Centre Linton *Please book directly with the Curwen Centre*
14 Jul 2021 Japanese Stab bound Box, Wednesday July 14th
10 Jul 2021 Beginning Bookbinding Weekend, Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th
07 Jul 2021 Mixed Media Journal Wednesday July 7th
02 Jul 2021 Japanese Stab bound Box, Friday July 2nd. *Please book through Cambridge Art Makers website.*
26 Jun 2021 Cyanotypes and Bookbinding, Saturday, June 26th
23 Jun 2021 Decorative Chain Stitched Books, Wednesday, June 23rd
12 Jun 2021 Sewn Boards Binding, Saturday June 12th
09 Jun 2021 *New* The Elbum Wednesday 9th June
08 Jun 2021 *New* The Artist's Collection (5 Evenings) from Tuesday June 8th
05 Jun 2021 Mixed Media Journal Saturday June 5th
26 May 2021 *New* The Elbum Wednesday 26th May
22 May 2021 Decorative Chain Stitched Books, Saturday, May 22nd 2021
12 Dec 2020 Miniature Books. Saturday December 12th. Please book directly with Cambridge Art Makers https://www.cambridgemakers.org/course/miniature-books-november-2020/
02 Nov 2020 *New* Japanese Magic Box, Monday, 2nd November *Please book via Cambridge Art Makers: www.cambridgemakers.org
17 Oct 2020 *New* Japanese Stab bound Box, Saturday, October 17th
03 Oct 2020 Secret Belgian Binding, Saturday, October 3rd
19 Sep 2020 Diamond LongStitch Journal, Saturday September 19th
16 Sep 2020 *New* The Artist's Collection (5 mornings) from Wednesday 16th September
14 Mar 2020 Stacking Boxes Saturday March 14th
11 Mar 2020 Secret Belgian Binding Wednesday March 11th
29 Feb 2020 *New* Sewn Boards Binding, Saturday February 29th
24 Feb 2020 The Wrap (5 evenings) from Monday February 24th
19 Feb 2020 Book in a box. Wednesday February 19th
01 Feb 2020 Mixed media Journal Saturday February 1st
18 Jan 2020 *New* Japanese Stab bound Box Saturday January 18th
15 Jan 2020 The Wrap (5 mornings) from Wednesday January 15th
13 Jan 2020 Beginning Bookbinding (5 Evenings) from Monday January 13th
02 Nov 2019 Miniature Books. Saturday November 2nd.
23 Oct 2019 Stacking Boxes Wednesday 23rd October
19 Oct 2019 *New Date* Creative Marbling and Binding with Kate Brett and Helen, Saturday October 19th
15 Oct 2019 Book and Page Repairs, with Doug Mitchell. Tuesday October 15th
12 Oct 2019 Quarter Bound Single Section Binding Saturday October 12th
05 Oct 2019 Secret Belgian Binding, Saturday October 5th
27 Sep 2019 Japanese - style Album. Friday September 27th
18 Sep 2019 Beginning Bookbinding (5 mornings) from Wednesday September 18th
16 Sep 2019 Beginning Bookbinding (5 Evenings) from Monday September 16th
14 Sep 2019 Cyanotypes and Bookbinding, Saturday, September 14th
07 Aug 2019 Stacking Boxes Wednesday 7th August
06 Aug 2019 *New Date* Book and Page Repairs, with Doug Mitchell. Tuesday August 6th
17 Jul 2019 *New* Book in a box. Wednesday July 17th
06 Jul 2019 Creative Marbling and Binding with Kate Brett and Helen, Saturday July 6th
24 Jun 2019 Diamond LongStitch Journal, Monday June 24th
08 Jun 2019 Cyanotypes and Bookbinding, Saturday, June 8
17 May 2019 Travel/Gardening Journal, Friday May 17
11 May 2019 Coptic Binding Saturday May 11th
27 Apr 2019 Creative Marbling and Binding with Kate Brett and Helen, Saturday April 27
06 Apr 2019 Stacking Boxes Saturday April 6th
20 Mar 2019 Beginning Bookbinding (5 mornings) from Wednesday March 20
23 Feb 2019 Case Bound Journal (std) Saturday February 23
02 Feb 2019 Stacking Boxes Saturday February 2
30 Jan 2019 Beginning Bookbinding (5 mornings) from Wednesday January 30
28 Jan 2019 Beginning Bookbinding (5 evenings) from Monday January 28
07 Nov 2018 Creative Marbling and Binding with Kate Brett and Edel, Wednesday, November 7
29 Oct 2018 Art & Craft of the Book, Monday October 29
27 Oct 2018 Book and Page Repairs Sat Oct 27
17 Oct 2018 Coptic Binding Wednesday October 17
11 Oct 2018 The Wrap (5 evenings) from Thurs, Oct 11
25 Sep 2018 The Shrigley Tuesday September 25
22 Sep 2018 Case Bound Journal (std) Saturday September 22
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
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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