Signature Bindings
Quality Book Repairs, Hand Bound Books, Albums and Journals
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Bookbinding Workshops

If you are interested in learning how to get into bookbinding or would like to develop your bookbinding skills, Glenn Malkin of Signature Bindings runs a number of workshops throughout the year. One day workshops are held at ScrapStore, Hull, and other occasional workshops are organised in other locations.

Intermediate level binders who would like to further develop specific skills or would perhaps like to move on to creating their own design bindings may be interested in the possibility of tailored one-to-one tuition with Glenn at his bindery in East Yorkshire. Please e-mail for further information.

Please see below for further details and dates of forthcoming workshops. You can also e-mail Glenn to be added to the e-mailing list to be amongst the first to learn of new workshops as they are organised.

CLICK HERE to download a FREE tutorial (.pdf file) on how to make a straightforward hard-back pamphlet-sewn notebook

Bookbinding Workshops in Hull

Workshops are usually held at the Hull ScrapStore, which is just off Hessle Road in west Hull and is very easily accessible via the M62 motorway from the west. Not only does this venue offer a great workshop space, but it also has a fabulous shop selling all sorts of craft supplies including many items at ridiculously low prices and constantly changing stock!

Bookings for workshops are accepted on a strict first-come, first-served basis on payment of deposit.

Please contact Glenn to be added to the e-mailing list to be amongst the first to hear about forthcoming workshops
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Tuesday 20th February 2024 
A Traditional Japanese book and Chitsu Wrap-around Case
Hull Scrapstore, 10:00 to 4:30 approx

***Sorry - Workshop Full***
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Tuesday 19th March 2024 
A Long-Stitch Leather Wrap-Around Binding
Hull Scrapstore, 10:00 to 4:30 approx
£65 including materials


This one-day workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some bookbinding experience.  
This is one of the most popular book structures to learn as it is ideal for journals and notebooks and can be made with a variety of materials and using a range of decorative design techniques and approaches. We shall be sewing a blank book block and creating a leather cover with a leather thong closure. 
It is anticipated this will be a very popular workshop so early booking is advisable - there are only ten places available.

Sorry, this workshop is now full
Please get in touch if you would like to be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations
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Tuesday 16th April 2024 
The Sewn-Boards Binding
Hull Scrapstore, 10:00 to 4:30 approx
£65 including materials
  

This one-day workshop is a repeat of October's workshop given there were a number of people who were unable to secure a place to learn this popular style of book. It is suitable for beginners as well as those with some bookbinding experience. 
The Sewn-boards binding is an extremely useful style to learn as the book opens absolutely flat, so it is very useful for writing in or sketching, etc. The spine of the covers will be covered with cloth and there will be decorative paper covering the boards.
With only ten places available, and given the previous interest in this particular workshop, early booking is recommended.

Sorry - this workshop is now full
Please get in touch if you would like to be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations
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Tuesday 14th May 2024 
Making Handy Bookbinding Jigs and a Phase Box
Hull Scrapstore, 10:00 to 4:30 approx
£65 including materials
 

This one-day workshop was requested by previous participants and is suitable for beginners as well as those with some bookbinding experience.
Bookbinders use a variety of jigs, tools and guides to help ensure precision and accuracy when carrying out routine or regular tasks. Here we will be making a useful corner cutting jig, a folding guide and a handy piercing cradle, along with perhaps one or two other things if time allows. We will also learn to make a useful phase box to protect our books. Once we have made these tools we will then use them to make a simple pamphlet stitched booklet.

For more information or to book a place, please Click Here

*** Currently THREE places left (as of 03/01/24) ***
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Tuesday 11th June 2024 
The Origata Binding
Hull Scrapstore, 10:00 to 4:30 approx
£65 including materials


Sorry - this workshop is now full
Please get in touch if you would like to be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations
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Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July 2024 
The Edelpappband or Millimeter Binding
Hull Scrapstore, 10:00 to 4:30 approx each day
£125 including materials


This two day workshop is ideal for those with some experience of attending bookbinding workshops, but beginners who demonstrate dexterity and precision in other crafts would also be welcome to attend.
The Edelpappband binding is quite a common style of fine binding on the continent but is less used here in the UK. There are a number of versions of this approach some of which are also referred to as the Millimeter Binding. Those who are familiar with the Bradel binding will probably see some similarities in structure here, though this style uses leather along the head and tail of the binding. Since this is a two day workshop we will be making this from scratch including folding and trimming the sections, rounding and part-backing the spine, cutting the boards and other materials, and making our own cloth endbands. 
Participants will need to attend both days to complete the project so please check your availability for the Monday and Tuesday before booking.

Sorry - this workshop is now full.
Please get in touch if you would like to be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations
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Aspects of Design Binding

This is an intensive series of one-to-one development programmes aimed at the intermediate level binder who is looking to progress into design bindings. There are three modules, each of five days duration with flexible timing and structure to suit the student's needs. Tuition is with Glenn Malkin at his own bindery in East Yorkshire.

More information is available by clicking HERE