Botanical Bookbinding Selection – online course (no kit)


4 botanical themed book structures and instructions for 3 simple but effective leaf printing techniques that you can use to create a set of decorative papers to include in your books.

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I love books, being in nature and getting creative with natural materials so this workshop series is my attempt to bring all these loves together.

The result is a collection of wonderfully tactile and satisfying book structures that make for great notebooks, garden journals, sketchbooks and personalised gifts.

The 4 tutorials in this workshop series include:

  • Single vine binding with leather or pleather cover, incorporating 3 signatures
  • Double vine binding, with leather or pleather cover, featuring 4 signatures
  • Japanese stab style twig book
  • Twig or seed head pamphlet stitch book
    (see photos for examples)

Plus, my technique for:

  • Mono leaf printing (using an ink pad and foraged leaves)
  • Botanical stamp making
  • Leaf rubbing
    (see photos for examples)

My step-by-step video tutorials covers everything from making templates, to preparing your covers, creating your signatures (complete with nifty pockets for storing treasures), stitching your books and adding finishing touches including fastenings and page dividers.

This is a great workshop series if you have a stash of papers or nature prints (such as gel plate experiments and eco-prints) patiently waiting to be made into something! I have also included a video in this series that shares some ideas on different remnant and recycled papers you could use in your books.

The books structures included in this course lend themselves nicely to displaying decorative papers, sketches and poetry as well as being usable books for working into whether it’s nature sketching, seasonal journalling or note-taking in the wilderness that gets you going.

The Botanical Bookbinding materials kit that accompanies this workshop has now sold out (I will be producing another edition later this year, email me on to be added to the waiting list and I will let you know when they are available.

>In the meantime and for those of you that already have lots of materials to hand, I have produced a comprehensive materials/tool list with links to recommended suppliers so you can source everything you need.


How this course is taught?

This course is taught via a series of step-by-step video tutorials, accompanied by a downloadable document with links to recommended suppliers and advice on sourcing & prepping materials. You will have continued access to my video tutorials via a password protected page on my website, which means you can revisit my videos for a reminder of the process whenever you need – I only ask that you please don’t share log in details with friends or third parties, doing so will result in you losing access. You will also have access to the private Bookbinding with Cass Facebook page where you can share your makes, ask questions and get ideas as you progress through the course.


You will get access to a comprehensive kit list upon purchasing this workshop, to give you an idea of the kind of materials/tools you will need, here’s a basic overview – 
  • Leather for book covers 
  • Plain paper
  • A mix of coloured threads for stitching your books
  • Twine for fastening
  • Beads for page divider
  • Metal stud for fastening the larger book
  • Decorative papers (with a botanical theme)


  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • Cork punch board
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Bonefolder
  • Bulldog clips
  • Scissors
  • Japanese screw Punch with 1.5mm head for punching holes in cover / an awl will also work
  • Chopping board or cutting mat
  • Ink pad, foam sheet, crayons and leaves if you want to have a go at printing your own decorative paper (links on where to source these included in the course)

Delivery info

You will get instant access to this workshop via email upon purchasing.



Materials kit

leather, pleather

Add tools

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