Bookbinding and paper marbling

Bookbinding – making an English Springback book with Marysa De Veer

Ref: SLW08908


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About this course

Broaden your bookbinding skills to make a traditional English 'Springback' style book in half leather. This style of book has a unique opening mechanism, allowing it to literally spring or pop open, thus lying completely flat so can be written in with ease. Originally patented as an Account Book in 1799, the style can make an impressive guest book in contemporary use.

Course Description

The aim of this workshop is to teach you the skills of traditional English springback style which will incorporate sewing on tapes, making cloth jointed endpapers and broadening your bookbinding skills. The learning objectives are to make up a half leather complete book in this style. You will be folding the paper in the right grain direction, making up cloth jointed endpapers for sewing, preparing the unique spine piece and covering the book in a method that is unique to this style of binding. The outcome of this workshop is that you will learn the fundamentals of Account Book Style binding and be in a position to take away the skills learnt in this workshop and apply them to your own future work.

Some previous experience of bookbinding would be helpful.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • General materials, including boards, paste, leather and paper for your book

What students need to bring

  • Notebook, pencil and rubber
  • Covered shoes, and an apron/overall

Available to buy

  • Bone folders
  • A selection of additional bookbinding materials including: end papers, book cloth, buckram, headbands and calf and goat skins (a quarter skin costs between £25 and £30 depending on leather)
  • 12" ruler
  • Sharp craft knife and/or scissors


Marysa De Veer

Marysa de Veer trained in bookbinding and conservation at Guildford College of Technology where she gained a Diploma with merit in 1992. Marysa holds a diploma in Chemistry for conservators from Hammersmith College and has won prizes in restoration as well as highly commended prize for designed bindings with both The Society of Bookbinders as well as Designer Bookbinders. She has attended inspirational innovative monthly bookbinding master classes at L'ecole du Vesinet, Paris. She has also been a judge for the British Print Industry Federation for their British Book Design Awards. She runs Otter Bookbinding Ltd which specialises in printing, binding, restoration and conservation of antiquarian books and bespoke one-off bookbinding.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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