In-person Workshops

Alongside my offer of online bookbinding workshops, I work in collaboration with a range of inspiring Artists and venues across Scotland to spread the upcycled bookbinding love via a mix of in-person workshops…

Upcoming bookbinding workshops, 2024:

Click on the workshop title for links to more information and photographs of what is covered in the workshop…

*If a workshop you are interested in is fully booked, please get in touch (bookbindingwithcass@gmail.com) to be added to the waiting list as we sometimes get last minute cancellations.

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Cyanotype & Bookbinding Day *FULLY BOOKED*
10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 15 June 2024
Ink On Mesh, Newhaven, Edinburgh

A new collaborative day in collaboration with INK on MESH – spend the morning learning the wonders of cyanotype (blue prints) printing on paper and textiles with Lorna. Then join me to make a concertina book, incorporating your blue prints, complete with stitched pages, pockets , envelopes and hardback fabric cover.

£100, all materials are included


Paper Marbling & Bookbinding workshop *FULLY BOOKED*
Central Scotland School of Craft, Dunblane
10am-4pm, 22 & 23 June 2024

A collaborative workshop weekend with Shona Spalding exploring paper marbling and bookbinding!

£220, all materials included


Gelli Plate Print & Bookbinding Day *FULLY BOOKED*
10am – 4.30pm, Monday 24 June 2024
Ink On Mesh, Newhaven, Edinburgh

A NEW collaborative day in collaboration with INK on MESH. Spend the morning with Lorna learning the joys of gel plate printing, producing dynamic detailed prints on upcycled papers. Then join me in the afternoon to create a hardback book with accordion spine, stitched signatures and tactile tabs, featuring your colourful gel prints throughout.

£100, all materials are included


Bitesize Bookbinding Bundle
Ink On Mesh, The Heart of Newhaven, Edinburgh
6-9pm, 4, 18 July & 1 August 2024

Join me for three bookbinding evening classes and get to grips with some of my favourite bookbinding techniques, with an upcycled twist – Layered Cross Stitch, Hemp Leaf Japanese Stab Binding and French Link Stitch.

£105 for all three classes – includes materials, refreshments and follow up instructions. Or book a single class for £40 – scroll down for details on each individual class.


Bitesize Bookbinding: Layered Cross Stitch Journal
Ink On Mesh, The Heart of Newhaven, Edinburgh
6-9pm, Thursday 4 July 2024

Get to grips with this eye-catching leather (or pleather) long-stitch binding and have fun picking different coloured threads and decorative papers to give your book it’s own unique character.

Please note: there might be aspects of your book you want to continue working on at home or don’t get finished in class – if this is the case, all materials will be provided for you to take away as well as access comprehensive follow up video instructions so you can continue your making at home.

£40, all materials, a cup of tea and follow up instructions included


Botanical Bookbinding Workshop *FULLY BOOKED*
Central Scotland School of Craft, Dunblane
10am-4pm, Tuesday 16 July 2024

Join me for a day of creative bookbinding, weaving together leaf printing, botanical inks and a leaf inspired decorative exposed stitch.

£110, all materials included


Botanical Bookbinding Workshop
Ink On Mesh, The Heart of Newhaven, Edinburgh
10am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 17 July 2024

Join me for a creative day of nature-inspired mark making and bookbinding that will include foraging for leaves, leaf printing, making marks with botanical inks and binding your handmade decorative papers into a beautiful book with an exposed stitch inspired by a leafy vine!

£110, all materials included and follow up instructions to take home.


Bitesize Bookbinding: Hemp Leaf Binding
Ink On Mesh, The Heart of Newhaven, Edinburgh

6-9pm, Thursday 18 July 2024

Create a hardcover hinged book with an intricate Japanese stab stitch – a nifty way of stitching single sheets together and a great book structure to master! In this class I will share my technique for incorporating remnant material into the cover and there will also be an opportunity to include decorative pages on the inside of your book.

Please note: there might be aspects of your book you want to continue working on at home or don’t get finished in class – if this is the case, all materials will be provided for you to take away as well as access comprehensive follow up video instructions so you can continue your making at home.

£40, all materials, a cup of tea and follow up instructions included


Bitesize Bookbinding: French Link Stitch Binding
Ink On Mesh, The Heart of Newhaven, Edinburgh
6-9pm, Thursday 1 August 2024

Create a most satisfying hardback book with exposed French link stitch binding, incorporating multiple ribbons into the spine and remnant fabric or paper into the cover. This book opens up nice and flat making for a great sketchbook or journal, with lots of opportunity to personalise.

Please note: there might be aspects of your book you want to continue working on at home or don’t get finished in class – if this is the case, all materials will be provided for you to take away as well as access comprehensive follow up video instructions so you can continue your making at home.

£40, all materials, a cup of tea and follow up instructions included


Private bookbinding workshops

I regularly run group bookbinding workshops for charities, community organisations, groups of friends, art retreats, staff socials and away days. Private workshops are a great way to sample the fun, meditative and satisfying craft of bookbinding at your own pace! These workshops can be themed and delivered as a one-off class or series of workshops, with a range of book structures to choose from.

I can come to you with all the tools and materials required or help you find a host venue. I also have experience of running live online workshops with accompanying kits that can be posted out, this can work well for remote groups and/or participants who may find it difficult to attend an in-person event.

Prices start at £175 for a 3 hour workshop, with add ons for venue hire, materials etc.

Click here for more information on my offering of private workshops.

Cass was a great facilitator for our team away -day that was the perfect blend of social event and artistic undertaking with everyone going home with a special book at the end.

– Pippa M, Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd

Workshop venues

Below is a round-up of some of the venues and organisations that I run workshops with across Scotland, each of these venues provides an inspiring and supportive space to get creative, check them out for more info and details on the other workshops they offer.

>If you are a venue looking to host a bookbinding workshop I would love to hear from you! Get in touch to discuss at bookbindingwithcass@gmail.com


INK On MESH Studio, Edinburgh –

Set up by Artist Lorna Brown, INK on MESH is a creative space for all, based in Newhaven, Edinburgh (just along the corridor from my studio). An accessible studio space for artists, makers, graduates and hobbyists to meet, learn, experiment and connect through the craft of screen printing and textiles.


At Birkhill House – Earlston, Scottish Borders

At Birkhill House is an animal assisted activity/therapy venture, which also offers an array of modern and traditional crafting opportunities in a converted stable block. The focus at Birkhill House is on wellness and mindfulness – taking a moment out to be compassionate and nurture the creative side in all of us.  


The Arienas Collective, Edinburgh

The Arienas Collective supports local artists and makers to earn a living by sharing their creative skills and passions with others through delivering workshops. The workshops are run from Lynn’s mews home in the beautiful Georgian Newtown of central Edinburgh. I regularly run collaborative workshops here with fellow collective members, combining bookbinding with other creative techniques such as printmaking and sketching.


Off The Rails Arthouse, Ladybank, Fife 

Based in the former Station House at Ladybank train station, Off The Rails Arthouse is an artist led organisation run on a voluntary basis, offering a space to explore a wide range of arts-related activities. As a charity it’s purpose is to stimulate interest and encourage participation in the arts for all! A lovely, light-filled space, with a very special atmosphere, easily accessible by road and public transport.


Central Scotland School of Craft, Dunblane, Stirling

Central Scotland School of Craft is a community for creative learning, delivering artisan workshops for crafters of all abilities in the historic city of Dunblane. The newly renovated premises on Dunblane High Street provides a spacious and airy setting for making and creating alongside a lovely shop selling a wide range of hand-crafted delights.


Honey Pot Creative Cafe, South Queensferry

Nestled under the Forth Road Bridge, Honey Pot Creative Cafe is a hub of crafty activity where you can enjoy a cuppa while you get creative. There is a range of making opportunities on offer for adults and children, from drop-in ceramic painting to evening and weekend workshops.


The Line Gallery, Linlithgow, West Lothian

The Line Gallery is an independent gallery in the historic town of Linlithgow showing regular exhibitions of fine and applied arts. A friendly space to get inspiration from and get creative in.