Make a hand-sewn book

Sunday 5 April 2020


The course

During this workshop students will make three different non-adhesive books; a pamphlet booklet, a long stitched book and a multi section case bound type book with soft covers. These styles of bindings allows for the use of a variety of paper weights including graph paper, tracing paper and envelopes and paper with opposing grains. You will be taught how to mark, pierce and stitch using various cotton thread and tapes or ribbons. The covers will be made from colourful hand made paper and using the tape or ribbon as a decorative form of securing the book. Because there is no or little adhesive used in the spine the pages move freely within the book.

Once these skills have been mastered this structure has many applications, they can be made any size and in a range of materials to form your own unique sketchbook, journal or notebook.

The tutor

Angela Thames is a printmaker and maker of artists books. She makes a variety of small, original artists books sometimes using her own prints and text or appropriating text from poems, stories and editorials; encompassing many different methods of binding. Since graduating with a Fine Art Degree from UCA Farnham Angela’s books can be found in private and public collections including Bath Spa and Oxford Brookes University Artist Book Collections and The Artist Book Archive in Milan. She has taught book making at Ochre Print Studios and has run her own workshops at her studio.

Participant information

Participants are advised to wear old clothes. All tools will be provided. Please bring a notepad and a camera (if you wish to track the making process).


£65 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.