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Longstitch Bookbinding With Maudie Casserly

Friday 7th June 2024 | 9:15am - 1:45pm

Longstitch  Bookbinding With Maudie Casserly

No prior experience needed

In this workshop we will create longstitch bindings using a high quality art paper and wraparound leather covers. You will learn the importance of basic hand skills and gain an understanding of your paper and materials. It is a decorative book to make and an enjoyable process to try at home with a variety of materials and paper.

We will cover:

– an introduction into bookbinding
– the importance of grain direction
– preparing a textblock.
– using a template to prepare the leather
– sewing through sections into leather
– finishing the covering

About your tutor:

Maudie is a book conservator and bookbinder. She has worked for large institutions such as the V&A and The National Archives, and independently for private clients and collections. In more recent years, Maudie has been focussing on teaching and currently works as a Books Tutor on the degree programmes at West Dean College of Art and Conservation, alongside working as a private book conservator.

Spaces are limited, so please book at or @thebookhutter on social media.

Cost of workshop £85.00 – This fee includes entrance to Sussex Prairie Gardens for the full day and tea, coffee and biscuits during the workshop.

All tools and materials will be provided and tools will be available to purchase at the end of the course.


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Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
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, West Sussex, BN5 9AT

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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful