Private 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 Zoom live online workshops with accompanying kits that are 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.

My bespoke bookbinding workshops are a great way to:

  • Spend some social time with friends, family & colleagues
  • Learn new skills
  • Get creative in a relaxed and friendly environment
  • Experience the sense of satisfaction and wellbeing that making something with your own hands can bring about
  • Create unique books that can be used for all manner of things, from notebooks and journals to sketchbooks and photo albums
  • Share something special with friends/family/colleagues – I’m always happy to include extra’s or theme my workshops to fit your event, let me know your ideas

Well Worth a Visit to Cass’s Bookbinding Studio for a bespoke Book Binding session…the whole afternoon was a delight.


How it works

My private bookbinding workshops can take place both in-person or online via Zoom. I can teach lots of different book structures, some which lend themselves better to different uses i.e. sketchbooks, journals, memory books, photo albums, recipe books etc. The length of workshop can be anything from 3 hours to a full day or weekend depending on what you would like to make.

I have a loose format that can be shaped around what you’re looking for with lots of examples if you’re open to ideas! I invite you to email me a few details, including:

  • the size of group
  • what you’d like to make
  • where you would like the workshop to take place
  • roughly how long you’d like the workshop to be

I’ll follow this up with a workshop proposal and costings for you to look at. A deposit then confirms the workshop.

Have a read of the following to get an idea of what I can offer and get in touch…

What can we make? Exposed long stitch, leather/pleather covered books like these Layered Cross Stitch journals and Mini Books work well in a mixed group setting, but other book structures and bindings can be covered. Take a look at my offering of online workshops or Instagram page and let me know if anything catches your eye.

Where can the workshop take place? I can take up to two people in my studio at The Heart of Newhaven in Edinburgh or if you are a bigger group, there are a number of local venues that I regularly work with to host up to 10 participants, including:

  • Ink on Mesh Studio at Heart of Newhaven, Edinburgh
  • The Arenas Collective, Newtown, Edinburgh
  • Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank, Fife
  • At Birkhill House, Scottish Borders

I can also bring my workshop to your home / office / events space or if there is a local venue you have in mind – please get in touch for more info.

I can also run bookbinding workshops via Zoom – this can work well if it is difficult for your group to get together in person for whatever reason. This usually involves me sending out a bookbinding kit and materials to each participant prior to the event then us meeting at a specific time to make together on Zoom with some pre-recorded content included to help with the stitching.

Are your workshops suitable for beginners? If there are bookbinding beginners in your group they are most welcome, my workshop will be accessible to them as well as more experienced crafters.

How much does a private workshop cost? Costs vary depending on the length of the workshop, location (i.e. travel costs), venue hire and the type of book you want to make (i.e. material costs). To give you an idea, my costs start at £175 for a 3.5 hour workshop for 2 in my studio space. I charge for the workshop, not the number of participants, so the bigger the group, the cheaper the cost per head can be. I will provide a clear breakdown of costs in the workshop proposal I send you and can be flexible if you have a specific budget in mind.

Interested in booking a private workshop? I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with me to discuss and I’ll get back to you with a proposal and costings for you to consider –


Recent clients for private workshops include – Creative Scotland, Edinburgh Council, Baille Gifford, Arts & Business Scotland, Inspiring Leith, North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh Volunteer Centre, Paisley Book Festival, Carers UK, Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd.

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

Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd

We all had so much fun at the workshop and are so happy with our books. You and Cass were so great and welcoming and made an incredibly special day even more special. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and will be leaving a google review to let others know ‘

Feedback from a recent Hen Party workshop at The Arienas Collective

Well Worth a Visit to Cass’s Bookbinding Studio for a bespoke Book Binding session…the whole afternoon was a delight.