Folded Books for Creative Projects

by Susan Green January 16, 2018

Folded Books for Creative Projects

Folded Books bookbinding course with Susan Green
FOLDED BOOKS: versatile & exciting forms for creative projects

The first course in my 2018 bookbinding programme starts on the 25th February - why not join me as we enter a world of unusual folded book forms to inspire and express your creativity. You’ll learn to make the Hot Dog, Turkish Map, Gatefold and Lotus Flower folds as well as various Accordion - aka Concertina, Leporello - styles.

Folded forms present unique opportunities for making artist’s books, travelogues, pop-ups and keepsake books which we’ll discuss and explore together, as much as time permits. They are also ideal for self-publishing zines, flyers and brochures and we’ll explore those possibilities together, as well.

Turkish Map Fold

Turkish Map Fold

DATES & TIMES: This is a 4 session course held on Sunday afternoons, 2:30 - 5 pm on February 25th, March 4th, March 11th and March 18th. I strongly recommend you attend each session of your course as you will build on the skills and knowledge you gained in previous sessions.

COST: £70 includes use of tools and materials plus worksheets to take home.

Accordion / Concertina Fold for Marketing

Accordion Fold used for marketing collateral

BOOKING: Book directly with Artisan Community Art Studio - email Find further booking information and payment details at Places are limited and fill quickly, so early booking is recommended.

VENUE: Artisan Community Art Studio, The Branksome Centre, Recreation Road, Branksome, Poole BH12 2EA

GENERAL INFORMATION: Tutor Susan Green shares bookbinding skills and techniques in a variety of ways to suit all learning styles. You will have access to printed worksheets, step-by-step demonstrations, working models of the book forms and inspirational reference books. There will be time to practice techniques, explore creative ideas and apply them to the book forms. A maximum of 8 participants on each course allows plenty of tutor support and elbow room.

All abilities welcome including beginners and returners. All tools and materials are supplied but do bring any interesting papers you might have, e.g. non-glossy gift wrap, decorative paper, old book pages, maps or your own artwork. 

Lotus Fold

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Lotus Flower fold - click image to play video
“Fantastic course, enjoyed it very much.”
“Wonderful day... instructions clear & helpful.”
“Lots of positive encouragement.”


NOTEBOOKS & JOURNALS using a variety of sewing techniques & styles starts May 6th.

STAB STITCH BOOKS: Japanese styles for blank & printed books starts September 23rd.

You can find further information & download my bookbinding workshops flyer here.

Susan Green
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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder. You can email or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
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
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 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