The Steel Rooms Workshops


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9th March 2019 10:00 - 13:00

The Steel Rooms Workshops

4 Week Bookbinding Workshop: Session 1 – Making Handmade Paper

Level: All levels

Tutor: Shobhna Patel

Workshop Date and Times:

Saturday 9 March 2019

10am – 1pm

Cost: £35 per session or £120 for the full 4 weeks, includes all materials and light refreshments

About The Workshop:

Session 1 – making handmade paper – Saturday 9 March 10am – 1pm

Session 2 – 4-hole Japanese stab binding – Saturday 6 April 10am – 1pm

Session 3 – long stitch with chain stitch leatherette journal – Saturday 11 May 10am – 1pm

Session 4 – cloth hardcover coptic stitch book – Saturday 1 June 10am – 1pm


This workshop is designed as a 4 session series to take you through various stages of bookbinding from paper making, simple bookbinding methods to more complex methods. A hands on and relaxing workshop with real results, not in to knitting? Binding books can be just as therapeutic with rewarding results. This is set up as 4 sessions for you to really delve in to this art but if there’s only one or two sessions you fancy coming along to, you don’t need to have attended previous sessions, so feel free to pick and mix the sessions that appeal to you.

Get together one Saturday per month (March – June) and learn the art of bookbinding. During session 1 we will experiment with and create our own handmade paper which can be utilised in the books we will later create. In session 2 we will be looking at 4-hole Japanese stab binding. Simple and practical, this is the basic traditional method of Japanese bookbinding (or stab binding). In session 3 you will learn how to create a leatherette journal using the long stitch binding method, with a chain stitch variation. In session 4 you will learn how to create a cloth hardcover coptic stitch book, this workshop will teach you how to wrap hardcovers as well as learn the coptic stitch binding method. This course is perfect for beginners or those who want to brush up on their basic bookbinding skills.

A bit about Shobhna:

Shobhna Patel is a freelance illustrator based in North Lincolnshire. With a huge passion for creativity, she specialises in paper-cutting and paper-engineering.

Graduating with a First Class honours degree in Graphic Design from DeMontfort University in 2012, Shobhna has since been commissioned for publishing, advertising and promotional projects in both the UK and the US. Some of her work has also been exhibited in a London art gallery.

For more information and to see some of Shobhna’s work visit her website

To book a place on this or any of our other workshops, call in to our shop or telephone 01652 657256. Please note, to ensure your place is secured on any of our workshops, we ask that payment is made in full at the point of booking.


Payment is non refundable unless we are able to fill your space. In the event of cancellation no less than 14 days prior to the workshop date the credit may be transferred. If The Steel Rooms cancels a workshop you will be entitled to a full refund or to transfer payment to another workshop. If a session which has been prepaid at the discounted rate is cancelled, the discounted rate will carry over to the next workshop.

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