Bookbinding Tuition

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

Classes either run from 10 to 1 or 10 to 4 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.

Bookbinders Lewes Coptic Binding

Coptic binding

Friday 18th February, Saturday 26th March 10am – 1pm £75


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.


Single sheet solutions

Saturday 23rd April 10 am – 4pm £120

You will learn how to design and make a side stitched soft cover binding for prints, drawings and notes, as well as a portfolio with a ribbon tie ideal for storing documents of any size.

First Aid for books

Friday 29th April, Saturday 14th May 10am – 4pm £120

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


Friday 25th March, Saturday 2nd April, Saturday May 28th 10am – 4pm £120

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.

Japanese style binding

Friday 22nd April 10am-1pm £75

A simple stylish way to bind single sheets.  Make a soft cover notebook with a decorated paper cover and traditional Japanese stitching. This class will cover choosing materials, use of tools and different sewing styles.

Bookbinders Lewes Leather Journal

Soft leather journal

Saturday 19th February, Friday 11th March 10 am – 1pm £85.00

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: Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 1pm, other times by appointment.

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