Botanical Bookbinding Selection – online course with 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.

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.

This course will go live and kits will be posted out on Wednesday 20 March (to celebrate the beginning Spring in the UK). The course and accompanying materials kit is now open for pre-order for a special early bird price of £75.

The Botanical Bookbinding materials kit that accompanies this workshop series is hand-packed and produced from my studio in Edinburgh – there are a limited amount of 30 kits available, these will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

>Once the course goes live on 20 March there will be the option to purchase this course without a kit – this will come with access to a comprehensive materials/tool list that includes 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.


The materials in this specially curated kit, include: 
  • Leather (dark green & mossy green) or pleather (dark green & tirquoise) for book covers – see photos for colours
  • Plain paper cut to size
  • A mix of green/brown 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)
  • A selection of hand-printed botanical papers I have created specially for this workshop
  • Tea and biscuits


An optional bookbinding toolkit is available which includes:
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • Cork punch board
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Bonefolder
  • Bulldog clips

 You will need to provide:

  • 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

Kits will be posted out on 20 March 2024 and login details for the workshop series emailed to you on the same day.



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leather, pleather

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