Hardback Bookbinding

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There's nothing more satisfying than making a beautiful, functional object from salvaged materials. 

Join artist Sam Petherbridge as he teaches how to upcycle loose paper using book binding materials to create a personalised hardcover book.

A great way to make a personal journal, sketchbook or handmade gift for friends or family, as Sam inspires you and your classmates on your journey into the world of making. 

You will be sent a kit of materials before the class. You will also need to gather some additional materials, listed below. 


Prep work:

Gather your materials!

Live Zoom session:

In this practical 2-hour workshop delivered via Zoom, Sam will introduce you to the craft of bookbinding and teach you how to make a hardback book using the materials provided.

Your kit will include:

  • A4 Greyboard

  • Sewing/Embroidery Thread

  • A long Strip of Book Cloth (72x290mm)

  • A4 Cutting Matt

  • Metal Ruler

  • Scalpel

  • A stitching awl

  • A bone Folder

What you will need to find:

  • 2 sheets of A4 coloured or decorative Paper for the book cover (ideally up-cycled), for example salvaged wrapping paper. 

  • 8 sheets of A4 paper (not card)

  • 2 sheets of coloured paper (for the endpapers)

  • Plenty of scrap or newspaper

  • PVA Glue

  • A pair of scissors

  • A needle

  • A pencil

  • A brush

  • Masking tape

  • A Rubber


Please note: Booking will close 6 days before each workshop to allow enough time for your kit to be sent out.


Is this course for me?

This course is open to anyone aged 19 or over.

Continuing our commitment to make our learning accessible, we offer free spaces for those facing financial hardship. If you are earning under £19,000, you may be eligible for one of our free spaces. Priority given to RBKC residents and those who are receiving benefits, and / or over 55. In order for us to review your eligibility, please complete the below form and we will be back in touch to update you on your booking status. 

Apply here for free spaces


About the maker:

Sam Petherbridge is an artist and designer whose recent creative journey began using one very common material, paper. This medium initially influenced a body of collage during his BA in Fine Art at the University West of England, and more recently has developed within the practice of-bookbinding, because it incorporates his two passions, design and craft. Sam runs a small business called Bōk Bindery and in the studio, is focussed on Paper making, collage, and drawing. In 2017 Sam Petherbridge was an artist in residence at Campos de Guiterrez, in Colombia. In 2019 he also collaborated with poets and directed a show and program at the APT Gallery, in South East London.


This workshop can be joined as part of our 4-part craft course, Soulcraft at Home: The Making Edition. Find out more here. 


Please contact hello@goldfinger.design with any questions regarding the course.