may, 2025

2025sat17may10:00 am1:00 pmBook Binding (MAY DAY SCHOOL)£37 - On this 3 hour session create a single section book and a Japanese traditional book Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday

two hand made books. One closed and one open showing the hand stitches


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ


Course details

Brief Description: 

A single section binding is the basis of Western bookbinding.  It is fairly easy to bind a single section but you have to understand how to handle materials and tools to achieve a good result.   We are going to use an A2 sheet of paper,  linen thread.  We also handle a bookbinding knife and needle.   

The tutor will give you a brief history of Western and Japanese bookbinding which will give you some insights of development of books and various writing tools. 

For a comparison, you will be introduced to a traditional Japanese book binding which is also fairly easy to make.  We will use Japanese paper and cotton thread.   

 In this day school you will be handling sharp tools so you must listen to health and safety instructions and take care in handling tools for your safety.   


Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed? 

No need any experience of bookbinding 


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • know brief history of western bookbinding 
  • know brief history of Japanese bookbinding 
  • how to choose right materials for bookbinding  
  • how to handle tools and materials of bookbinding 


For the first session you will need to bring:  

No need to bring anything. 

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

All equipment will be provided.  The materials are in the cost of the course.


On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Multi section binding. 

Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sunday’s , you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more



Emi GordonEmi studied BA Calligraphy and Bookbinding at the University of Surry, Roehampton (now Roehampton University). She is a professional letter cutter but has occasionally organised bookbinding courses for children and for adults.

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