Upcoming Classes

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP
    • 0
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    We are delighted to announce a  return to Stapleford Granary where we found the room is just perfect for our marbling/binding day - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! Kate Brett from Payhembury Marbled Papers will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more.

    • 11 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 4
    Register



    The historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding is a very popular class. The binding allows the book to lie perfectly flat and also to open to 360 degrees, making it popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketch book. Also, the exposed spine stitching has enormous visual appeal.

    During the day you will learn how to prepare the pages for binding as well as decide on your own personal decorative style for board covering before getting to grips with the stitching. You will also have creative input on the appearance of the spine itself.

    Suitable for beginners.

    • 17 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Lodge Flower and Craft School PE28 9DF

    It is very exciting to be running this Gardening/Travel Journal class at the lovely new Lodge Flower and Craft School in Hemingford Grey where booking is now open.
    During this one day workshop you will learn to make a ‘washable paper’ binding (this is a vegetarian friendly leather alternative) and have the opportunity to construct your own refillable gardening or travel journal with papers, envelopes and pockets to suit you or it’s lucky recipient. Lots of appropriate cover papers will be available but if you have a special one in mind, please bring it along.
    This workshop is suitable for everyone whether your a beginner or are looking to learn a new technique


    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sew Much To do. 7 High Street Passage, Ely CB7 4NB
    • 6
    Register

     You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.  

    Week 1: Introduction and Quarter Bound Single Section
    Week 2: Concertina Binding
    Week 3: Hard Bound Journal
    Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
    Week 5: Lined Slipcase
     These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability. 

    All materials are included in the fee and for this programme you will also be provided with the materials to do your optional 'homework'. 

    Sew Much to Do has a wonderful crafting room for us to use above the shop. Please be advised that there is one flight of stairs to reach the room.

    Parking is available in Ely's public car parks.

    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 6
    Register

    These beautiful and versatile structures are a prefect 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-style,
    Wrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and Tue-mouche  (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.

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Stapleford Granary CB22 5BP
    • 0
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    We will use the beautiful orchard surrounding Stapleford Granary for some of our source materials, and spend the morning creating our cyanotypes. Cyanotypes are negative prints of an object, in this instance flowers/plants, in the recognisable ‘blueprint’ colour. Cyanotypes are produced from a camera-less photographic printing process developed in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, St. John’s College/Cambridge graduate.

    Your favourite cyanotype from the morning will then be used as the covering material for your hardbound book made after lunch. This is a wonderful opportunity to create a unique one-off personal design for your book/s.

    All materials are provided and you will leave with the skills to continue practicing your own cyanotype photography and to reproduce the style of book again at home.  

    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Lodge Flower and Craft School PE28 9DF Please book through their website

    Japanese-style Album

    This binding is one of the earliest 'book' shaped bindings dating back to China in the 14th century.  Today these books are used as sketchbooks, notebooks and with a little extra reinforcement, which you  will learn in this class, albums or scrapbooks. During this workshop you will learn one of the four stitch styles used in traditional Japanese bookbinding . These are beautiful structures to which you can add a variety of creative finishes. You can also design your own stitch patterns!      Suitable for beginners.

    This workshop will take place at The Lodge Flower and Craft School, and ideal venue in a wonderful and peaceful location.

             
    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Stapleford Granary, CB22 5BP
    • 3
    Register


    We are delighted to announce a  return to Stapleford Granary where we found the room is just perfect for our marbling/binding day - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! Kate Brett from Payhembury Marbled Papers will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more.

Past events

09 Apr 2019 Diamond LongStitch Journal, Tuesday April 9
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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