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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, whereas three day residential workshops are held at The Grange in Shropshire and other occasional workshops are run by request 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 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

Workshops in Hull

A number of one-day workshops are being arranged for the coming months and (unless otherwise specified) will be at our new venue - ScrapStore - which is just off Hessle Road in Hull. 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!

If you would like to be kept informed of future workshops as they are arranged, please e-mail to be added to our e-mailing list. 

A Slip Case with Rounded Leather Spine
£55 including all materials, handouts and refreshments

On this workshop you will make a bespoke slip case for one of your own books. 
The slip case will be covered with decorative paper and will have a leather covered rounded spine with raised bands. Maximum of ten participants so booking is essential.

Important: Please note this workshop is being held at the Hull History Centre  

A Travel Journal with Elastic Closure
£45 including all materials, handouts and refreshments

During this workshop we will make a plain paper travel journal with an elastic closure. the book will be covered with coloured book cloth and, time permitting, will have a paper pocket in the rear to hold tickets and similar ephemera. Maximum of ten participants so booking is essential.

This workshop will take place at Hull Scrapstore, just off Hessle Road

Future planned Workshops include:

A Wrap Around Leather Longstitch Binding

Japanese Stab Binding

A4 Portfolio Folder

3-part Bradel Binding

Dates will be announced once current social distancing restrictions have been eased.

The Grange, Ellesmere, Shropshire

These three-day residential workshops are organised directly by Jon and Rosie at The Grange. Here they run a number of courses including Letterpress workshops, Paper Marbling and Bookbinding for Beginners.

Glenn Malkin tutors three 3-day residential courses each year focusing on different subjects. They are suitable mainly for those who have already done some bookbinding but would like to learn new book structures or techniques. Please note that courses do fill extremely quickly so early booking is essential. Please book directly with The Grange.

The Grange website can be found Here 

* * * Programme Postponed until 2021 * * *

The Drop-Back Box - Beyond the Ordinary


Whether for protection or decoration, making a box for a valued book is an important part of a bookbinder's work. In this workshop you will make a drop-back (or clamshell) box for your own chosen book. This box will be of competition quality, using a choice of book cloths for the covering and lined with suede panels. Although you can choose elements of your box’s design, the front and spine will have recessed panels for a label or decorative panels and we will explore some simple decorative tooling. This workshop requires precision and delicacy in measurement and cutting by hand but you do not need to have bookbinding experience to attend.   

Decorative Elements for Design Bindings


In this workshop you will focus on a selection of decorative techniques by preparing a number of small leather panels which can be inlaid into recessed boards. The techniques to be explored in some depth will include cold tooled leather with gold leaf, scarf joints in leather, recessed leather lines and back-pared onlays. You will then have the opportunity to create your own unique decorative panels, combining these (and other) techniques in whatever way you wish. Some basic experience of working with bookbinding leather would be advantageous. 

 Aspects of Design Binding - Part One

 Aspects of Design Binding - Part Two


 These workshops are suitable for those who have some experience of traditional binding techniques but who are looking to develop and refine their skills towards producing fine design bindings. Creating a design bindings typically takes several weeks and there are numerous techniques, approaches and materials that can be incorporated. We shall focus on the correct forwarding of a book block in the first part of this programme as well as exploring participants' design ideas for their chosen book. The second part of the programme will look in more depth at participants' own design elements in leather as well as demonstrating covering the book and exploring the options for doublures and other finishing touches.

For more detailed information about Aspects of Design Binding, please Click Here.