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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Young Sin Kim
  • Course Code W21PTGB02E

What you will learn

This course will introduces students to essential skills involved in binding a book by hand. Throughout the course students will gain experience in the use of materials papers and cloths. It will help you understand practical differences between the sewing techniques. The course provides all the support you need to master the basics of bookbinding. The class will be a mixture of demonstrations and practical exercises. You will be taught about how to handle tools, equipment and bookbinding materials with confidence.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand bookbinding techniques, structures and ways of working
  • be able to bind a multi-section book
  • understand attributes of bookbinding materials and tools, and how to use them
  • understand the general terms and functions of parts of a book
  • develop your own interest in bookbinding


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    In class, you will learn through demonstrations and practical work. There will be demonstration, Q&A and discussion. You will also have detailed feedbacks from your tutor.

    Entry requirements

    No. This course is suitable for beginners or as a refresher if you have done some bookbinding before. It is ideal for people who have an interest in arts and crafts and would like to gain good hand skills in bookbinding.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    As the course is carried online and students have to practice at home, course projects will be designed so that they can be done at home, without too much specialist equipment

    What you need

    Pencil, rubber, ruler, bone folder, scissors, awl, cutting mat, cutter/scalpel, craft knife/shoe knife, paper for textblock, decorative paper, bookcloth, linen thread, needle, glue brush, glue (bookbinding PVA recommended)

    What you can do next

    Own project. More beginner's bookbinding courses. After discussion with your tutor, you may join intermediate bookbinding courses. Or in another subjects, which you could combine with bookbinding skills, such as printmaking, painting, photography, Adobe InDesign.