Bookbinding Workshops in Dorset

Posted on October 09, 2016 by Susan Green | 0 comments

I had an exciting time with my bookbinding workshop groups at Artisan Community Art Studio this year. In the Spring I ran an Introductory course which was open to anyone who wanted to try their hand at making books, and then a Follow On course in the Autumn for returning students.

They learned to make several Japanese stab bindings, a few different ways to bind journals and notebooks, as well as some fascinating folded book forms - which proved to be the most popular by far, perhaps because they are at once familiar and extraordinary, almost like moving sculptures as much as they are books.

Learn creative bookbinding in Dorset with Susan Green

The names of bindings are often intriguing and invite exploration on that basis alone: Noble binding, Hemp Leaf; Turkish Map Fold; Quarter Cloth… where did these names come from and what do they signify? We learned a little of their cultural history and how they were originally employed, and how they're used today by contemporary makers and binders, with several examples on hand from my collection of artists books.

Some of the students had time to make books during the week inbetween our Thursday sessions, and this is often where their creativity took leaps into further territory. We gleefully admired a city sky-line cut out against an Accordion (Concertina) fold (the yellow and black book in the image above), a slip case covered with a repurposed map, the Tulip fold used for a new baby book, and one student - a miniaturist - made a Japanese Hemp Leaf stab stitch binding, an Accordion and a Turkish Map Fold book all 1/12th their original size - there's a 50p piece for scale!

Japanese, Folded Book Making Workshops in Dorset

So that's a taste of what my bookbinding groups made during 2016, and what you could be making in 2017 when I run further courses (details posted here).

Happy making, 


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Size Guide
Memory Books, Guest Books, Condolence Books, Journals and Sketchbooks

All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.

A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
Miniature Journals

96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches
Simple Wrap Journals

60 pages of 130 gsm paper

 One Size 6 inches or 148 mm approx.  4.5 inches or 108 mm approx. 20 mm or 0.75 inches
Paperback Notebooks

With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205mm or 8.25 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages
Accordion Books

8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper

A5 Medium Portrait TBC
A6 Small Landscape