Featured Workshop Book binding workshop

Book binding workshop
Saturday 20 July 2024 12:00pm - 4:00pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: Will Phoenix
Suitable for: Adults, accompanied kids over 10
Price: £45-£65
Location: Edinburgh Palette - St Margarets house

Making your first engraved hand coloured leather A6 pocket book

I’ve been professionally making books for 25 years, so with such wealth of experience, I’m honoured to help guide you towards making your very own.

You’ll learn some of the practical skills of binding paper to make an attractive and unique A6 engraved and coloured leather pocketbook. I’ll introduce you to colouring the leather by using dyes and specialist paint. After polishing, we will bind in the paper using the Japanese (stab) method – just one of many techniques that allow the finished book to open completely flat – great for taking notes and sketching and, most importantly for me, refillable.

After-care information will also be provided, allowing the book to be in continuous use.

You’ll learn:

  • How to prepare and bind a leather journal
  • Colour a pre-engraved design*
  • Sewing paper
  • Handling materials, tools, and adhesives

*Due to time constraints, it’s best I engrave your design before the start of the class, especially more complex images. I will be in touch via email to chat about your ideas and images, etc.

There will be an abundance of high-quality decorative “end” papers for the inside covers.

Bookbinding is both an art and a craft, and my approach is designed to develop both your hand skills and creativity. So, I’m thrilled to be opening up my studio for a small number of workshops this year.

The cost includes all professional tools and materials, and an abundance of shortbread and tea. Suitable for beginners who are good with their hands, as well as those with some experience. This is perfect for book lovers, artists, and writers looking to learn a rich and versatile craft.

Ideal personal gifts for loved ones.

Knowledge required

Basic colouring/painting skills suitable for children

What you’ll get

An A6 size hand-coloured pocketbook with your own design engraved on the cover. Filled with over 100 sheets of 180 gsm acid-free plain paper stock.

What to bring

Line art designs need to be emailed in advance so they can be engraved before the class, as this process can take a few hours.

Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mumanniversary gift or birthday gift.

To book head to the website.

Location details

St. Margaret’s House – Basement Two
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

How to find St Margaret’s House