Bookbinding and paper marbling

Bookbinding – simple stitched books with Tracey Bush

Ref: S1D10819

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About this course

Learn how to bind several single section books, with a range of stitching patterns to create a set of small books which can be used as sketchbooks or journals, or the starting point for artist's books.

Course Description

On this one-day course you will learn how to bind several single section books. These are also called pamphlet books, and are made from several folded sheets of paper collected together to form a section. The range of stitching patterns explored in this course creates an interesting set of small books which can be used as sketchbooks or journals, or the starting point for artist’s books.

The aim of the course is to introduce several stitching patterns, first developed by the book artist Keith Smith, which create decorative and effective bindings for single section books. You will learn general bindery skills such as paper folding and cutting, and use of the paper folder, awl, needle and thread. The course is taught through demonstrations and practice, and there are worksheets for you to take home to reinforce what you have learnt.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply all of the materials required for the specific projects set by the tutor and some materials such as PVA glue which are shared by the group.

What students need to bring

  • Notebook, pen, mechanical pencil, ruler, set square, scissors, paper folder and awl (if you have them) Apron, small amount of decorative papers, if you wish to include them

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Bone folders, awls, set squares, rulers, pencils, pens, papers, decorative papers, linen thread, scissors, notebooks and much more
  • Available from tutor:
  • Your tutor will bring: paper folders, paper knives, awls, needles, thread, and some decorative papers and small tools which will be available for purchase
Please inform the College when booking if you have any specific requirements regarding materials or working (e.g. vegan)


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years. She has produced a series of books, which have been acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. In 2014 Tracey was commissioned to create the large scale 'Ports of the World' butterfly box, which is installed on the P&O cruise ship, Britannia.

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