Beginning miniature bookbinding

Course Dates: 26/10/23 - 16/11/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the charm of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. Suitable for beginners.
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Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00

Course Code: VD410

Thu, day, 26 Oct - 16 Nov '23

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will give you an introduction to the making of books that are no bigger than 7.5cm in length, but may be much smaller. You will make three different books to gain an understanding of the processes involved in making tiny books and create miniature decorative papers with which to cover your books.

What will we cover?

There will be a presentation in which we will look at the history and psychology of miniature books with specific examples.We will consider choice of materials and techniques appropriate for working to these dimensions and investigate ways to overcome constraints. We will explore making miniature decorative papers for covering and how to make to scale, creating a Japanese stab binding, a cloth case-binding and a 17th century-style long-stitch binding. We will also delve into making basic equipment for miniature bookbinding, such as the laying press.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain the skill, care and time involved in making small books.
- Make decorative papers that are fit for covering miniature books.
- Make to scale: a Japanese paper stab binding, a cloth case binding and a 17th century leather/faux leather long-stitch binding.
- Confidently build on your learning to further your skills and knowledge.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is intermediate level and requires a basic ability to use hand tools confidently.
Some experience of bookbinding is useful but not essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by practical demonstrations, supported by handouts and individual tuition.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own tool kit if you have one, an apron, notebook and sharp pencil.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

- VD416 Bookbinding: Japanese Books and boxes
- VD262 Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
- VD354 Creative arts for bookbinding I:decorative paper techniques
- VD251 Working with leather: decorative techniques
- VD359 Beginners' bookbinding: evening course.

Royston Haward Tutor Website

Royston has more than 46 years of experience as a bookbinder, beginning his apprenticeship in 1973. He is accredited with basic and advanced City & Guilds in Craft Bookbinding, gaining a distinction at advanced level. In 1984 he joined Sangorski & Sutcliffe where he acquired a love of fine binding. Royston has been a part time Tutor at the London College of Printing and Camberwell College of Art. He has run workshops and masterclasses on basic and advanced techniques of fine binding, as well as more specialised workshops in areas such as wooden board bindings, Cosway bindings and Paring and Sharpening Techniques. Additionally, prior to his retirement in 2015, he had 25 years of experience at the British Library Conservation Centre, conserving rare books and manuscripts. Royston now works part time as a bookbinding tutor at City Lit and is a visiting tutor at the Royal Library in Windsor, as well as teaching private students.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.