North Wales & North West

North Wales & North West
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Join us at Kelsall for meetings with like minded folks

The North Wales and North West Region of the Society offers tuition via workshops, classes, visits and lectures.

The region has its own shop which is managed by Paul Broadbent, this is available at most of our regular meetings at Kelsall.

Members are charged £10 to attend a meeting and £15 to take part in a workshop. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included, please bring your own lunch.

Book a place on a workshop with Sue Wood.

An additional charge will be made for the cost of materials at workshops.

Meetings will begin at 10.30, please arrive in good time to get your coffe or tea and set up.

The images to the right show examples of pastpapers made with Michael Burke in April and Kathy Abbott’s endbands workshop which took place last year.


Barry Clark


Jill Sellars


Jeanne Pennington


Sue Wood

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January 2020

Dominic Riley’s workshop on leather inlays

11th January 2020
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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This workshop will introduce you to the intricate world of leather inlays. The wonderful painted inlay was developed in the last twenty years by European bookbinders, and has been adopted with enthusiasm by several UK binders to great effect. A shape of leather is removed from the cover of the bound book, and a second, smaller shape of contrasting leather (which may be textured or tooled) is inlaid into the space. The edges of the gap are painted with acrylic…

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February 2020

North Wales & North West Regional AGM

15th February 2020

Please join us for a review of the region at our Annual General Meeting.  This is a chance to have your say and hear what the committee have been up to behind the scenes. The afternoon session will be informal - a show and tell, or if you have a book or project you would like advice on please bring it along. There is no need to book for this event and as usual the day will be free of…

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March 2020

‘The Ideal Sketchbook’ workshop with Michael Burke

14th March 2020

This structure is modelled on the nineteenth century artists' sketchbooks and journals, similar to the ones used by Wordsworth and Ruskin. It is an honest structure made from good materials, opens beautifully and is very durable. It can be made at home with no equipment, just a few simple tools, and since it is not 'cased-in' requires very little pressing. Working from full sized sheets, we will fold and slit the paper to give a beautiful deckled edge. We will…

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April 2020

Richard Nichols’ workshop POSTPONED

18th April 2020

Did you know there are many different traditional sewing methods for a text block?  Richard will talk about some of the different methods and where and when they were used.  Then, using traditional sewing frames he will teach us a selection of the different methods. Tools to bring: sewing needles, small scissors, bone folder, sewing frame. If you don't have a sewing frame we can provide one for the day. Please indicate when booking if you would like to borrow…

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May 2020

Visit to Manchester POSTPONED

16th May 2020
Rylands Library, Deansgate
Manchester, United Kingdom
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The day will start at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate where we will meet in the café at about 11am for coffee.  This gives us the opportunity to look around the collections on display, followed by lunch at approximately 12.30-13.30 wherever you prefer. After lunch we will make our way to MMU, for 14.00 where we will be given an introductory talk about the Special Collections and then we can browse the material on show.  Selected items from the…

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June 2020

An introduction to paper marbling with Jill Sellars POSTPONED

13th June 2020
Community Centre, Chester Road, Kelsall CW6 0SB, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB

Participants will be provided with marbling colours, paper and the equipment required to learn how to make basic patterns. These skills can then be developed to create many traditional and innovative decorated papers. Maximum number 14, Materials cost £15. Students should bring strips of newspaper for skimming (approx 2"x 14") and newspaper to put on the floor, a folding drying rack, an apron and wear comfortable old shoes and clothes. Acrylic paint will be used which does not come off…

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July 2020

Workshop with Gillian Stewart: Painting and illustrating for endpapers and decorative papers POSTPONED

11th July 2020
Community Centre, Chester Road, Kelsall CW6 0SB, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB

This workshop will focus on the process of responding to a text block creatively to make illustrated papers. As part of the design process, we'll cover sketches and ideation, and then several methods of painting with inks, water colours and acrylic paints. These papers can be used as endpapers or book sides, and hopefully you'll leave inspired to develop your ideas at home. You'll also be talked through the process of making painted endpapers that allow the design to develop…

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September 2020

Glenn Malkin’s two day workshop on the K118 structure

12th September 2020 - 13th September 2020

The Society's Education and Training funds are sponsoring a two day workshop for us on the K118 structure with Glenn Malkin. They will be paying the Tutor's Fee and travel expenses and the hire of the community centre. It is a quarter leather book structure with a cloth-tab board attachment. In this two day workshop participants will make a book from scratch, folding and sewing the sections and lining the spine. In this case, the book is rounded but not…

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October 2020

Diana Illingworth-Cook’s workshop on magnets POSTPONED

11th October 2020

Magnets offer exciting new opportunities to book artists, binders and box makers. Displayed as part of the design or discreetly hidden under covering material, they can hold things closed, or hold them open, or even keep things in place. In this workshop we will be exploring the properties of different types and sizes of magnets and their use as closures, attachments and hinges. You will make a set of samples contained in a simple wrapper box that will inspire your…

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November 2020

Arthur Green’s workshop on how to make a drop-back box POSTPONED

7th November 2020

The hybrid drop-back box takes the best from two well established box making methods; the 'all-in-one' and the case method. During this workshop, you will make and cover a cloth drop-back box. For expediency, all the parts will be pre-cut, but Arthur will guide you through the method and rational behind its construction. For more information on the subject, see... Tools to bring: a sharp craft-knife, large cutting mat approx. 450mm x 600mm, sharp pencil, various straight edges, 45…

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