Beginners' bookbinding

Course Dates: 09/08/21 - 13/08/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this 5 day 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.
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Course Code: VD359

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Full Mon-Fri, day, 09 Aug - 13 Aug '21

Duration: 5 sessions

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What is the course about?

This course is about gaining the understanding and skills to become confident as a bookbinder. You will progress through a series of steps from single section books, through to multi-section books with an attention on using your own unique decorative papers for covering.

What will we cover?

You will learn about materials, adhesives, tools and tool control, as these are things essential to becoming confident as a bookbinder. You will learn about different bookbinding styles and the techniques required to make them. You will learn to use the equipment safely and expertly.

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

- Make a collection of books in diverse styles.
- Have confident control of specific tools and equipment.
- Have an understanding of which adhesives will be best for the task in hand.
- Choose suitable materials for the intended style of binding.

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

Whether you are a complete beginner or someone with more experience, this course is for anyone with an interest in books and who wants to learn how to make them. No skills are needed to start with, as this course will help you build skills and confidence confidence as the week progresses.

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

You will be taught methodically through short, explicit demonstrations with a clear end result that builds self-confidence. Personal individual guidance, as well as instructional handouts will enhance and reinforce the enjoyment of your learning. There is no homework set, but you will be encouraged to practise to further develop your skills.

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

All tools and materials are provided for you. Please bring a pencil, apron and some paper to take notes.
If you have your own bookbinding tools, please bring them with you.
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?

There is a range of short and longer courses available in bookbinding as well as a one-year comprehensive evening course (VD190) for those wishing to study in more depth.
Suggested courses might be:
- VD338 Paper marbling
- VD327 Bookbinding: box making
- VD357 Bradel binding
- VD292 Bookbinding: Learn to bind artists' books
- VD416 Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes.

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.