Bookbinding Tuition

Come and learn the traditional craft of hand bookbinding at our fully equipped bindery in the centre of  Lewes.

Classes are full day or half day and are limited to a maximum of 3 students. They are suitable for beginners or those with some experience. All tools are and materials are provided.

We can arrange short courses and individual tuition on specific techniques if required.                                           Gift vouchers are also available for any amount.

We are unable to teach under 18s without an accompanying adult.


Introduction to bookbinding

Saturday May 11th 10am-3pm £125

Make a Japanese style side stitched notebook with a decorative paper cover as well as a buttonhole binding with a peephole spine and decorative sewing in this practical one-day workshop, suitable for all abilities.

Bookbinders Lewes Coptic Binding

Coptic binding

Sunday Jan 26th 10am-1.30pm £85


This historical binding style is ideal for notebooks and sketch books, allowing them to open flat for writing and drawing. This class will cover choosing and preparing materials, use of tools and different sewing styles.


First Aid for books

Sunday October 6th 10am – 4pm £130

Treat your favourite volumes to some TLC. Topics covered will include repairing or recovering a paperback, paper repairs and simple repairs on covers. Please bring a choice of books to work on.

Hard Cover Sketchbook


Sunday November 17th 10am – 4pm £130

Using traditional techniques and tools learn to make a hardcovered sketchbook, covered with beautiful hand marbled paper or a choice of colourful bookcloths. During this workshop you will learn how to select and prepare materials, fold and sew pages and attach a hard cover.

Bookbinders Lewes Leather Journal

Soft leather journal

Sunday Jan 26th 2-5pm £90

This is a great accessory for writers, artists or anyone who wants to keep stylish notes. During this practical one-day workshop you will learn how to select and prepare materials, fold and sew pages and attach an attractive fastening.


Contact Us

Bookbinders of Lewes
Unit 12, Star Brewery 
Castle Ditch Lane
East Sussex
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 486718

Opening hours:  by appointment.

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