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 from 10am until 4pm.  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


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 4th March 2017 - FULLY BOOKED
  • Saturday 6th May 2017

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


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 1st April 2017

Advanced Bookbinding

In this class you will be using all the information learned on the beginners and the intermediate classes to make a 1/2 leather rounded and jointed A5 Journal. You will learn how to work with leather and also experience hand tooling, so you are able to put a design or name on the finished book. You will also learn some advanced end-paper techniques.

All materials & lunch included: £75


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 3rd June 2017

Box Making

In this class you will make a box and a portfolio case 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 portfolio case with fastening - ideal for artists, photographers or as a presentation folio.

All materials and lunch included: £75


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 18th March 2017
  • Saturday 17th June 2017

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


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 22nd April 2017 - FULLY BOOKED
  • Saturday 1st July 2017

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 materilas and lunch included: £75


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday 18th February 2017 - FULLY BOOKED
  • Satuday 20th May 2017
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!