When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor To be confirmed
  • Course Code W22PTGB03C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

On this course you will have the opportunity to develop your existing bookbinding skills through self-directed and tutor-led projects. This term, we will focus on multi-section book structures and enclosures including a Coptic stitch binding and a Japanese multi-section binding with a slipcase. We will also explore making bookcovers or endpapers using printmaking and embroidery.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Make multi-section books using a variety of sewing techniques
  • Design your own book covers or decorative endpapers with printmaking or embroidery
  • Make progress in self-directed bookbinding work
  • Access bookbinding resources in print and online
  • Develop nuance in understanding the mechanics of the book structure
  • Demonstrate awareness of Health and Safety issues in Bookbinding and safe studio practice with due concern for other studio users


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    There will be demonstration, group discussion, one-to-one tuition and practical project work. We will look at articles, manuals, and other tutorials to develop skills in interpreting written binding instruction. Online learning resources will be provided. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    This course is for students who have some previous experience in bookbinding.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Health & Safety information will be given at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You will be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow procedures as advised. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy, and some may cause irritation in very rare cases. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant or have any sensitivities and they will advise you as to necessary precautions. Note: at present there is no wheelchair access to the print studio, and the studios are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. If you have any mobility issues please contact the department prior to enrolling. Covid-Safe The studios have been adapted to be Covid-safe. Student numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 learners across two studios. You will be expected to comply with the 2-metre distancing guidance. Please bring and wear a face protector, your own apron and a personal hand towel, both to take home and wash between sessions, rubber gloves for cleaning and thin nitrile or latex gloves for inking/ working. You will be asked to wash your hands on arrival and before and after using any shared equipment. Please bring and use your own tools, drawing equipment etc. Some basic tool packs will be available to purchase. Work stations will be sanitised in-between classes, you will be required to sanitise your stool, desk, inking slabs and any other equipment you have used and to help make sure the studio shared spaces have beencleaned at the end of the class using the disinfectant sprays and paper towel provided.

    What you need

    For the first day just bring any bookbinding tools you already have; the tutor can advise after the first class on anything further required. Some materials are provided for free, and some are available for purchase, or you can bring your own. Your tutor can advise on materials to buy. Please bring a notebook and pencil for notes.

    What you can do next

    You can continue in this course for as long as you like; new projects will be introduced and you will be able to work independently on your own work with the tutor's help. You might also choose to join some of the shorter workshops or themed binding classes at Morley College.