Bookbinding – Emphasising on Quarter Leather Binding


Residential course

Angela Sutton

13 February 2022 to 17 February 2022

From £476 Non-resident fee

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The light and airy studio at Dillington has all the tools and equipment needed for binding books in the traditional manner.  On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their own rebinding or repair projects at their own pace under the guidance of our expert tutor, rather than following a particular programme.  However, there will be an optional focus on Quarter-leather binding.  Leather binding requires a more complex structure than the case-binding, and you will learn about sewing on cords (or tapes), ‘made’ endpapers, lacing-in boards, stitched headbands, and how to cover a spine in leather.

This focus is not suitable for complete beginners, but if you are new to bookbinding the tutor can accommodate you on the course and will take you through the early stages of case-binding so you will have a good grounding in basic techniques.

This course will benefit anyone who has learnt the case-binding method and would like to develop their bookbinding skills further.  It can also be a ‘refresher’ exercise for anyone who feels unsure about the leather-covering process.  Students may also take time to concentrate on a particular aspect of binding, or bring work for which they would like advice or instruction.

Residential Fees From: £712.   Non Residential: £476

Course runs from Lunch on Sunday to Lunch on Thursday.

Tutor information

Angela Sutton first learnt bookbinding with Ian Ross at the former Oxford Polytechnic, and then studied archive conservation and repair as well as bookbinding at the Camberwell School of Art and Craft.  She taught the recreational course at Malvern Hills College for 15 years, and now teaches regularly at Dillington and elsewhere.  She published Bookbinding in Pictures, a beginner’s guide to bookbinding, in 2015.

To see more about Angela’s work please visit her website:

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.