Birkhill Books online workshop


Birkhill Books – online workshop with kit

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This online bookbinding workshop has been developed in partnership with At Birkhill House CIC – a fabulous craft venue, small holding and Community Interest Company nestled among the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.

I regularly teach workshops At Birkhill and you may well have heard me waxing lyrical about how it’s one of my favourite venues to teach in, but I appreciate it might be quite the distance for some of you to travel to! This workshop doubler is my attempt to share some of the At Birkhill House CIC magic and inspire you to weave some natural fibres into your book making.

My video instructions take you through how to create a pleather covered A6 journal featuring a cosy woven spine, decorative pages and felted page divider, and a mini Artists’ Book with wet felted cover and matchbox case.

The two books are quite different in style – the first incorporates blank pages so that it can be used as a journal or sketchbook, while the second is more of an artwork in it’s own right, with guidance on how to layer images, textures and words to create a story or sense of place within your book.

£5 from each sale will go back into At Birkhill House CIC enabling it to continue the brilliant work it is doing with vulnerable groups in the local community.


To give you an idea of the sort of materials you will need to gather to complete the two books, see the overview below. You will receive a comprehensive kit list upon purchasing the course which includes much more detail and links to recommended suppliers.

  • Plain paper
  • Pleather/leather for book cover
  • Wet felted strip for mini book cover
  • Embroidery thread – mix of colours
  • Bees wax
  • Stud fastening for book closure
  • Thin card
  • A selection of decorative papers
  • Wool for weaving the spine of your book
  • Awl
  • Japanese Drill; Punch (optional)
  • Cork punch board
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Bonefolder
  • Bulldog clips x2
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or craft knife/stanley-knife/rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat or chopping board
  • Glue stick i.e. Pritt Stick

> Limited edition kits – Lara, Sunshine and Magdalena from At Birkhill have helped me create a limited edition of kits to accompany this workshop that provide you with everything you need to make the two books, including threads dyed with botanicals grown on site, hand-painted decorative papers made with petal paints and felted book covers made with the approval of At Birkhill’s resident Alpacas.  To purchase the online workshop with a kit, click here.

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