Japanese book making workshops

Due to the pandemic I have cancelled all workshops until the end of the year.  Covid restrictions permitting I hope to restart in January or February 2021. Please contact me to go on my mailing list if you would like to be notified when I’m back in operation and have decided on dates.


This one-day workshop is fun and friendly, and suitable for both complete beginners or those who have some experience of making books and want to try a new technique. You’ll take home at least three stunning books in the Japanese stab binding style, one hard cover and the others soft cover, and the skills to make more at home. Perfect for journals, scrapbooks, lists or even famously short Japanese Haiku poems

What’s covered in the workshop?

The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. Start by making a simple soft cover two-hole book with a silk tassel. Then we’ll move onto four-hole bindings, each a little more ornate than the previous one. Finally you’ll make a hardcover book using the same binding skills but introducing some new techniques. You can choose from a gorgeous range of plain or decorative paper for the covers as well as threads in a rainbow of colours.

You’ll learn the following skills during the workshop:

  • Finding the grain of the paper
  • Designing and making templates
  • Using an awl or Japanese screw punch to make the holes
  • Making security stitches
  • Using glue to attach paper to the cover board
  • Preparing a hardcover with a built-in hinge
  • Binding in various traditional Japanese styles

Wworkshops in my studio in Chichester

  • Next date in 2021, please contact me to go on my mailing list if you would like to be notified

Booking in Chichester, West Sussex – £80 (Max of 4)

To book please contact me by email or telephone 07908 961 229 to check there’s space. Please then pay by either BACS, PayPal or cheque. I’ll then confirm your place and send you full joining instructions. Please find details of my Chichester cancellation policy here.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials and handouts are included. There will be lots of homemade cake and tea/coffee, but please bring a packed lunch.

Lynne’s workshop was such a blast! Really worth investing in the day. Resources were well prepared and the instructions incredibly clear. The raw materials were plentiful and I was able to make my own choices, and Lynne was there to teach and guide on how they could/should be used. Making two books meant I could keep one and give one away as a handmade gift.  All in all a perfect day. Thank you. PS  The cherry cake is superb! Cecile 2019