Our current programme has at last started and bookings for 2022 workshops will be open from 1st November. Hooray!  
Weekend workshop fees are £185 for DB and SoB members and £205 for non-members.  Each has a materials fee payable on the weekend direct to the tutor.
Details and booking forms are available from Sarah Burns email sarah@the-burns.com or 01643 841116
We look forward to a creative, enjoyable season!   Sarah Burns, Nesta Davies.


  1. Fill that page! A bookbinder’s guide to creative design practice

Sue Doggett
Corsley, Warminster
Wilts.  (The workshop will be held in Kate Holland’s workshop)
26/27th February 2022
Dig out your paint boxes, coloured pencils, inks and messy materials for a weekend of practical, experimental creative work.  Explore how to approach that blank piece of paper and the beginnings of a design. The two days will include a series of demonstrations, practical creative exercises and plenty of guided workshop time. Sue will also talk about her own approach to creating artists’ books and bindings and how to build the content of a book, starting from scratch.

2.An Introduction to Islamic Bindings 
Kristine Rose-Beers 
Bayntun Bindery, Bath
12/13th March 2022
This workshop will introduce the Islamic binding structure. Participants will make a model of an Islamic book, drawing on structural features from historic exemplars. Twined chevron-patterned endbands will be sewn, and various decoration techniques will be used to ornament the covers, including the application of gold. 
Some experience of bookbinding would be useful.

3.Beginning Tooling
Dieter Rader, 
Dragon Press bindery, nr Carmarthen, Wales
23rd/24th April 2022
This workshop will teach participants the fundamental techniques of hand tooling on leather. Suitable for those with no experience, it also offers a thorough refresher course for anyone wanting to gain confidence in their finishing.

4.Deluxe Full-leather Notebook
Tom McEwan
Harbour Arts Centre
Irvine , Scotland
30 April /1st May 2022
This binding style was derived and adapted from an original, early Victorian pocket notebook.  The structure has several interesting features, including laminated boards which are sculpted and shaped to create a faceted, angular appearance.   The page edges have a deckled/uncut finish and endpapers are of marbled paper typical of the period. The use of foils and various alternative materials will also be touched upon. While focusing on working with hand tools, type holders will be briefly introduced if wished.

5.Colour, Texture and Pattern on Book Cloth
Ruth Brown 
Leah Higgins Studio, Eccles, nr Manchester
18th/19th June 2022

On this course we will be using a wide range of techniques to make marks, texture and patterns on fabric which we will then convert to book cloth. We will experiment with mono-printing, screen printing and numerous ways of making marks on fabric, as well as playing with colour and tone. 
You will take home a range of sample pieces for reference when you create your own cover fabrics or which can be used for small book projects.  All the techniques we will use can be done easily at home with a small set of equipment. 

6.An Elegant Method of Board Reattachment
Emma Fraser, 
Wellcome Collection, London
9th/10th July 2022

This method was designed for use on tight back bindings where one or more of the boards are detached but the spine and sewing is intact. During this workshop we will examine and discuss various methods of board reattachment, followed by a demonstration of my method.  Participants will then prepare the simple tools and materials needed before being guided step by step through the process on their own examples.
A knowledge of book structures and book conservation techniques is recommended for this ‘hands on’ workshop.

Please contact Sarah Burns  for booking forms sarah@the-burns.com or 01643 841116.