At Downie Allison Downie we have 3 levels of bookbinding classes so you're bound to find one to suit!

We also run courses in Box-Making, Book Repair and Coptic Binding.  Class sizes are kept small and all tools and materials are provided.  We run these classes throughout the year on Saturdays - times vary.  If you're not sure where to start get in touch and we'll be happy to advise you on the best course to sign up to!

 
 

Introduction to Bookbinding

The beginner’s class provides all the support you need to master the basics of bookbinding in a laid back and friendly environment.  The class will be a mixture of demonstrations and practical exercises. You will be taught about grain direction and how to handle adhesives and bookbinding materials with confidence.

All materials and lunch included: £75

This class will run from 10am until 4pm

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 26th January 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Saturday 9th February 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

  • Saturday 27th April 2019 - LAST PLACE REMAINING

Intermediate Bookbinding

This class follows on from the beginner’s class with more bookbinding skills being taught, including case making with ¼ cloth options as well as rounding and jointing a book. The class will be a mixture of demonstrations and practical exercises, and each student shall produce at least two books by the end of the class. It is beneficial to have completed the beginner class first.

All materials and lunch included: £75

This class will run from 10am until 4pm

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 2nd March 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Advanced Bookbinding

We are currently planning a new Advanced Bookbinding Class which will take place over two days to allow more time for advanced techniques and gold tooling.

If you are interested in finding out more about our new Advanced Class please send an email to karen@dadbookbinders.com and I will send out more information once we are further forward with our plans!

Box Making

In this class you will make a box and a slipcase using a range of materials. You will be taught how to measure, size and prepare your materials and all the ins and outs of box making.

On the day we aim to produce a tray box to hold A4 sheets and also a slipcase to fit a book of your own.

All materials and lunch included: £75

This class will run from 10am until 4pm

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 16th March 2019

Book Repair

If you have a treasured book that is in need of some TLC, this class is for you! You will have to bring three non-leather books and we will help you assess what needs done, advising you on the best way to restore them to their former glory. We will teach you the essentials of book repair and you will gain valuable knowledge on how to preserve and enhance old books.
Techniques taught include: Paper repairs, re-mounting of original spines, replacing original spines, case-making, applying new endpapers, whip stitching.

All materials and lunch included: £75

This class will run from 10am until 4pm

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 30th March 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Coptic Binding

Coptic-style book binding is one of the oldest methods of book binding. It was used in Egypt as early as the 2nd century by early Christians, who were known as Copts. Today the Coptic method is increasingly used by artists to create one-of-a-kind versatile handmade books which can be used as sketchbooks, journals, or for any other book art. Coptic style books are noted for being able to lay open completely flat without risking damaging the spine.


In our Coptic binding class you will be taught hands-on how to make 2 different styles of Coptic-bound books using a variety of materials and 2 different sewing styles.

All materials and lunch included: £75

This class will run from 10am until 4pm

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday 13th April 2019 - 4 PLACES REMAINING

Leather Traveller’s Notebook

The Traveller’s Notebook is the perfect every day companion.

On this afternoon class we will make a leather cover in one of 2 sizes you can choose from. Along with several single section notebook “inserts” and a secretarial pocket. This system is fully interchangeable so once you know how to make the elements the leather cover can be re-used over and over. The possibilities are endless!

12 noon - 4pm : £40

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 6th April 2019

Mixed Media Sketchbook

This class is suitable for beginners and fun for the more experienced binder too!

On this afternoon class you will learn 2 different styles of Japanese sewing to bind your sketchbook. The books will be A5 landscape in size but their contents are completely up to you! Students are invited to bring their own scraps of paper, old envelopes, photographs, magazine cuttings and other materials etc. to include in the binding if they wish - and we will provide plenty more to choose from!

12 noon - 4pm : £40

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 23rd February 2019

 
 
 
 

I’d just like to say that the ‘Introduction to Bookbinding’ day I attended on Saturday was excellent. I never imagined we’d cover so much ground and produce so many wonderful books.

I’ll definitely be back for more!