For Helen a lifelong love of books, crafts and sewing came together when attending bookbinding classes. Helen has always enjoyed making things and bookbinding soon became a new passion. It is the process of turning humble objects such as paper, card and glue into beautiful practical books and boxes that Helen particularly enjoys, although some do seem too good to use (a phrase often heard in classes!)
Helen has worked in adult education for many years and really enjoys sharing her skills, knowledge and teaching. Attending a class with Helen will enable you to learn to make and produce your own high-quality books and boxes. You will be shown how to combine traditional techniques with modern book or box designs, using beautiful papers and materials.
All of the tools and materials needed for each class are provided within the class fee so there are no hidden costs.
More information and class booking details can be found on her website www.helenhandmadebooks.com
Learn how to make your own journal with a decoratively stitched leather or ‘washable paper’ spine, which includes space for an integral pencil or pen. This is a beautiful, interesting and versatile book structure that opens flat when in use. 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.
Friday 18th February: Secret Belgian Binding 10:00am - 4:30pm £95
This book design 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.
Wednesday 23rd February: Decorative Chain Stitched Books 10:00am - 4.30pm £95
During this one day class you will learn to make two decorative chain stitched books, one with a hardbound cover and the second will be bound in either leather or 'washable paper'.
This is a lovely and very practical binding, it has an intricately stitched spine and lays flat when in use making it a very practical book.
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.
Tuesday 1st March to Tuesday 29th March: The Artist's Collection 6:00pm - 9:00pm £270
This 5 week evening course will enable you to make a very versatile collection of books that are designed to show their decorative stitching as well as being very functional. They all lay flat when opened and in use, making them ideal as artist's books for sketching, painting or journalling. The collection, all filled with watercolour paper, consists of two hardbound Long Stitched bindings, a Crossed Structure binding, made with either a leather or washable paper cover and a two sectioned Origata binding. These bindings are all chosen to compliment each other and when completed they will be housed in a matching slipcase in order to display their decorative spines.
This course is suitable for beginners, or if you have already completed the Beginning Bookbinding 5 week course will enable you to build on your skills, and provide you with a wonderful set of decorative, contemporary books. All materials and equipment required are included in the course fee.
Wednesday 2 March to Wednesday 30th March: The Wrap 10:00am - 1:00pm £260
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 stitchbinding, Islamic style, Wrapper 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. All materials and equipment are provided.
Saturday 19th March: At the Cutting Edge with Richard Renouf 10:00am -1.00pm £55
Sharp tools are essential to our bookbinding and during this three-hour session Richard will teach you to make your own leather handled paring knife from a blank and a strop to take away with you.
All materials and equipment will be supplied and you will leave with your own knife and strop.