Bookbinding Courses in London

City Lit bookbinding provides a comprehensive range of traditional and contemporary taught and workshop-based courses at all levels from beginner to advanced. Students studying on our courses can develop skills in traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, paper marbling, historic and experimental book structures and contemporary fine binding.

Students interested in book arts can explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique books and editions. For students who wish to study conservation and repair, we have classes covering paper repair, the conservation and repair of cloth, leather and vellum books, hand tooling and machine blocking.

We run evening, daytime and weekend classes in our purpose-built studio that is well equipped with presses, guillotines, and hand tools and our courses are taught by tutors, who are skilled practitioners, industry specialists and experts in the fields of bookbinding, book arts, fine design binding, conservation and repair.

Browse our range of bookbinding courses in London below to choose your perfect option.

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  1. Beginners' conservation

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course, you will be introduced to techniques for the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper. You will also learn about the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  2. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £274.00

  3. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £304.00

  4. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  5. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A four day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  7. Laser cut a leather book cover

    Laser cut a leather book cover

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to laser-cut leather on this introductory course. You will learn some basic drawing skills in Adobe Illustrator to produce a design that will be cut or etched into leather. The completed leather can then be used to make a soft cover for a book or on other bookbinding and craft projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  8. Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

    Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spend a day experimenting with leather dye and dyeing techniques. You will be introduced to methods of applying dye and a range of creative techniques such as resist, crackle and speckling, to use on bookbinding and other leather projects. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Conservation and repair II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This 6 week course will introduce the skills needed to repair cloth case bound books. You will learn how to mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards. There will be time to practice paper repairs and re-sewing books. Suitable for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one term course is designed to help students to develop their bookbinding skills. You will already have some experience of binding techniques and some knowledge of tools, materials and equipment in order to benefit from this workshop-style class. There will be the opportunity to work on your own projects, or to practice skills in which you feel less confident in order to enable you to progress to higher level courses.

    Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  11. Beginners' bookbinding

    Beginners' bookbinding

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this 10 week introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched bindings with flexible and hard covers.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Start bookbinding

    Start bookbinding

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Paper marbling

    Paper marbling

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling. From Japanese Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size, try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  15. Bookbinding: crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings

    Bookbinding: crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Immerse yourself in contemporary sewing techniques to create two attractive multi-section books using leather and decorative paper. These flexible books are unglued so that the pages open completely flat so as well as looking good, they are also excellent for use as sketchbooks, diaries and notebooks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

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