Casement binding : extended workshop

Online East

Who is this course for?

This is a 3-week online course to learn core casement bookbinding skills. It is designed for the absolute beginner but also as an opportunity to revisit and polish existing skills and experience.

Course content

You will learn how to create a casement bound book with a straight or rounded spine using traditional techniques. You will learn how to prepare your materials, sew your page block and ‘round’ your spine. Following this you will build your spine, cover and case in your Quarter-bound book. During this process you will explore options for simple embellishments.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will support you throughout the course via the online sessions. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course. You will receive feedback on your progress and suggestions as to how to improve. 

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone / headphones and a good internet connection.

You will need to provide your own materials, detailed advice regarding these will be provided by the Tutor prior to the course.

Additional information and resources

“How will I learn?

You will be working with your tutor and other learners using an online video platform called Zoom. Your course will be largely focused on practical tasks, with opportunities for discussions and your tutor will support you throughout. You may wish to work on personal projects between the sessions and your tutor can offer support and advice to facilitate this. This will help you reinforce learned skills and to progress at a pace you are comfortable with.

Resources and additional information

Full list of resources will be emailed out prior to course;

Paper– Good quality cartridge paper

Cover materials

– Card -Greyboard or Mountboard works well

– Robust decorative papers or cotton-based papers for the covers

– Lightweight decorative papers


– Tacky Glue or similar craft PVA –


– Linen thread is best

Additional tools

– Needle – (size 18)

– Leather Awl or compass –

– Folding tool –

– Craft knife

– Ruler

– Cutting edge

– An old catalogue

– 2x pieces of timber (The timber needs to be long enough to fit your book between the bolts / fixings) and 2x bolts or ‘G’ clamps to make a book press

What can I do next?

You may like to enrol on other bookbinding courses to further develop your skills or another art course with Learn Devon.

Your tutor will suggest ideas on how to build on what you have learnt. They will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. ”

Start date22 Sep 2021
End date06 Oct 2021
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available