Beginners bookbinding - wraparound long stitch binding workshop

Gate House, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a relaxed workshop where you can learn the long stitch technique to create a simple book

This course is for complete beginners but would also suit those who have some experience.

Course content

This workshop will introduce you to some of the core skills of long stitch binding. Long-stitch is a simple sewing structure that can be personalised should you wish.

By the end of the course you will have produced a wrap-around book using a long stitch sewing style.

Support and feedback

This an informal session where you will receive one to one support and feedback from your tutor.

Additional costs and requirements

No experience required

The Tutor supplies all materials

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

Brian Norman works as an Art and Craft Tutor for Learn Devon.

Creativity should be about ‘play’, and is an intuitive process. Trying and pushing ideas to make new forms, allowing ideas and images to evolve into being.

John Cleese (1991) said about creativity; “This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious”.

These ideas encapsulate my approach to my creative practice and are the underpinning philosophy of my arts practice.

He also works as a Mental Health Mentor and Specialist Tutor providing support to Open University Students. Previously Brian worked for City College Plymouth (2009-2014), West Suffolk College (2007-2010) and Suffolk MIND (1993 -2010).

Brian has a BA in Fine Art; specialising in Printmaking, from Sunderland University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Online Education from Open University and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from University College Suffolk.

“Having been taught the craft of Printmaking from Master Printmaker and Artist Pris Forrest in the late 1980’s with a focus on Linocut, Screen-print, and Etching, I continue to develop these skills focusing on Collagraphy, Linocut, Monotype and mix media processes. More recently exploring the creative potential of bookmaking.

Brian has work in private collections held by other artists in the UK and in New York. He has run Printmaking and Bookbinding workshops at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival since 2010.

Start date16 Oct 2019
End date16 Oct 2019
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available