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Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop

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Novella Bookbinding is owned and run by Megan Turner-Jones, a bookbinder based at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London.

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About this workshop

Join Novella Bookbinding for this fun and informative traditional bookbinding workshop in Holborn, London and take away your very own notebook and diary.

Did you know?

Books today are taller than they are wide because originally the pages were parchment and in this way of cutting hide there was minimum of waste.

In this workshop

There will be a lot to take in during the two days! There will be a combination of theoretical and practical learning. Megan will be prepared to stop and answer any questions participants may have and will thoroughly demonstrate the techniques used in the session before students try them themselves.

Day One: Pages

  • Introduction to the anatomy of a book and correct bookbinding terminology
  • Overview of tools and machinery used in the bindery
  • How to handle paper correctly and identify its grain direction
  • Observe and practise binding pages together using thread and glue
  • How to prepare pages for print

Day Two: Cases

  • Method for calculating sizes of boards for cases
  • Choose a covering material
  • Finishing touches: spine strengthening, ribbons, endbands, making and attaching the case.
  • Pressing / drying methods.

There will be a break of around thirty minutes for lunch. Students can bring their lunch with them, or there are plenty of options to purchase food nearby.

What do you take away?

Participants will leave with a detailed instruction manual, information on where to purchase further materials and tools, one hardback blank notebook and a handmade 2017-2018 academic diary in their choice of covering materials.

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This workshop is really popular and has limited capacity to make sure the learning is tip top - so book early to avoid disappointment!


Megan's studio is within Cockpit Arts which is a building shared by many creatives and we take each others' safety and security seriously. This means the main door to the building is always locked.

Upon arrival at Cockpit Arts please head up the stairs and ring the bell for Studio E4 and wait for Megan to collect you from the door (max 1 minute wait!).

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Novella Bookbinding is owned and run by Megan Turner-Jones, a bookbinder based at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London. Megan combines the art of traditional binding techniques with minimal design and clean aesthetics to create a beautiful range of notebooks and diaries which she sells exclusively through her website. Megan works with clients such as photographers, textile designers and illustrators to create bespoke pieces required by them at any specification they need.

Megan is a strong believer in sharing knowledge and skills. Her own fond memories of being taught how to make books drives her love to teach what she has learned to others. Megan has a clear passion for all things bookbinding and loves inspiring and supporting others to begin or continue their journey in this highly addictive and therapeutic craft.


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