Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

Course Dates: 30/04/20 - 02/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.


What is the course about?

The course provides students new to bookbinding with an introduction to a variety of bookbinding techniques, materials and equipment through a series of short complete projects.

What will we cover?

Over the ten weeks of the course we will make a range of book styles; a series of folded books, a single and double section pamphlet, several multi-sectioned books with soft and hard covers of board, paper and cloth, we will explore books with exposed sewing, flag books and some Japanese-style sewn books. You will learn several sewing techniques, use of adhesives, cloth, paper, board, small tools and equipment.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use a variety of sewing techniques to create single and multi-section books
- Use paper, board and cloth to make book covers
- Correctly identify grain direction in paper and board
- Select and use the appropriate adhesives, tools and materials to make books and items from paper and board
- Use the experience and knowledge gained on the course to continue onto other bookbinding courses.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at beginners and no previous bookbinding experience is necessary. Students with some
experience who wish to revise their range of bookbinding techniques are also welcome but please be aware that we will start from scratch. If you have any queries about the level of the course then please contact [email protected]
Some level of manual dexterity and attention to detail will be required but this will be taught through step-by step instructions and demonstrations. There will be plenty of opportunity to practise techniques during the sessions.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, to use the hand-outs which support demonstrations and to follow health and safety information, and you may also be invited to take part in group
discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught as a group and we will work through the projects together. Individual attention will be given throughout the course and during each session, as required. There may be some small group work from time to time and it is hoped that you will be able to support each other and actively engage in the class group as a whole. Any work you can do outside the class, in the form of research or practise, will help you get more out of the ten weeks, but it is not essential, and no required ‘homework’ will be given. You will be expected to make your own working notes during the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials are included in the course fee and will be available in the classroom. There is a small tool kit available for use during the course. If you have a basic bookbinding kit, please do bring it. Should you wish to purchase your own things you will be given guidance on what to get during the first session. Please bring a pen, sharp pencil, eraser and notebook to every session. Small brushes and an apron will also be useful during the course.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are a range of short and term-long courses available in bookbinding as well as a one-year comprehensive evening course (VD190) for those wishing to study in more depth.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

It's easy to follow, and extremely well resourced, and liberating.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
Very enjoyable course. We even created a leather-bound and a cloth-bound book in addition to what the other reviewers have said.
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Review by I haven't got one. / (Posted on 03/07/2015)
Great introduction. You don't need any materials (though if you want to buy you get great advice). Course is good value for money.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
This course is a fantastic avenue into the world of bookbinding. It covers almost everything from pamphlets to Coptic binding. A great course which has left me wanting more!
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Review by H. Sahota / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
I loved this course. It was fun, we learnt and achieved so much and we had a brilliant teacher, who was patient, helpful, inspiring and enthusiastic. Well prepared handouts and examples throughout.
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Review by Julie / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Sue Doggett Tutor Website

Sue Doggett is an artist who creates hand-made books and bindings. She gained a first class honours degree in Visual Studies and Art History from Oxford Brookes University in 1985 and an MA in Design from Brighton University in 1998. She received the World Craft Council Award for Contemporary Craft in 1994 and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996. She has lectured and led workshops in book arts in the UK, Europe and the USA and is currently teaching on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts and is a bookbinding and book arts tutor at Build. As an exhibiting Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Sue works to public and private commission including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and she is the current editor of ‘The New Bookbinder’ journal. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Europe and USA and can be seen at the Hyman Kreitman Research Library, Tate Britain; The Folger Library, Washington DC; Yale University Library, The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol and Manchester Metropolitan Museum.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VD262

Thu, eve, 30 Apr - 02 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £309.00
Senior fee: £309.00
Concession: £188.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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