Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

Course Dates: 11/10/20 - 13/12/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online

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.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

The course provides students new to bookbinding with an introduction to a variety of bookbinding techniques, materials and equipment through a series of short complete projects.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Over the ten weeks of the course we will make a range of book styles; a series of folded books, a single and double section pamphlet, several multi-sectioned books with soft and hard covers of board, paper and cloth (depending on availability of materials), we will explore books with exposed sewing, flag books and some Japanese-style sewn books. You will learn several sewing techniques, use of adhesives, cloth, paper, board, small tools and equipment.

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

- Use a variety of sewing techniques to create single and multi-section books
- Use paper, board and cloth to make book covers
- Correctly identify grain direction in paper and board
- Select and use the appropriate adhesives, tools and materials to make books and items from paper and board.

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

The course is aimed at beginners and no previous bookbinding experience is necessary. Students with some experience who wish to revise their range of bookbinding techniques are also welcome but please be aware that we will start from scratch. If you have any queries about the level of the course then please contact
Some level of manual dexterity and attention to detail will be required but this will be taught through step-by step instructions and demonstrations.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions during live Google Classroom sessions, alongside accessing Google Classroom in your own time for additional information which support the techniques taught.

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

- This course will be taught online on Google Classroom through weekly live sessions and/or video demonstrations.
- Feedback, Q & A and group chats using Google classroom and Google meet sessions
- You will have the opportunity to engage with your online learning community and tutor through Google Classroom
- Online resource, inspiration and task handouts with be available to download in each session
- A computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser works best for live sessions
You can use a tablet or phone for live sessions but your device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera. Using headphones with microphones are advisable as these block out all room noise in live online sessions
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions start for instructions and for materials list.

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

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

You will need to provide your own materials for this course, which the tutor will try to make as easy to find as possible. You will also require a small set of tools which you should be able to source from an art shop or you may have similar items at home. Guidance will be given on this after enrolment and before the course begins.

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

There will be opportunities to discuss follow-on courses and you will be given advice by your tutor towards the end of the course.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

It's easy to follow, and extremely well resourced, and liberating.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/06/2019)
Very enjoyable course. We even created a leather-bound and a cloth-bound book in addition to what the other reviewers have said.
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Review by I haven't got one. / (Posted on 03/07/2015)
Great introduction. You don't need any materials (though if you want to buy you get great advice). Course is good value for money.
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Review by Kate / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
This course is a fantastic avenue into the world of bookbinding. It covers almost everything from pamphlets to Coptic binding. A great course which has left me wanting more!
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Review by H. Sahota / (Posted on 01/07/2015)
I loved this course. It was fun, we learnt and achieved so much and we had a brilliant teacher, who was patient, helpful, inspiring and enthusiastic. Well prepared handouts and examples throughout.
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Review by Julie / (Posted on 30/06/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Ina Baumeister

Ina is a professional bookbinder and box-maker. She holds an MA in Book Art from UAL Camberwell and a master-craftsmanship from the German Crafts Council and Guild of Bookbinders in Munich. As a binder she works with contemporary arts organisation Book Works, the Tate Paper and Photography conservation department as well as other organisations and clients. Most of her work life is closely linked to contemporary art, art publishing and the creative industries. Besides working professionally as a bookbinder for nearly twenty years, Ina teaches and lectures for universities all over London on a wide range of courses, such as photography, printmaking, design, illustration, fine art and architecture. Ina also delivers tailored staff training to universities and other institutions such as the Tate and Houses of Parliament. Ina says that she rates bookbinding as an art in itself but also sees it as part of a toolkit for a wide range of creative professions.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VD342

Sun, day, 11 Oct - 13 Dec '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £289.00
Senior fee: £231.00
Concession: £176.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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