3 years ago


The Scotland region was founded in the early 1980s and has members spread over the Scottish mainland & the islands. Meetings are held in various places so that the inevitable travelling is reduced as far as possible. Members meet every two months or thereabouts and have a social gathering at Christmas. The AGM is generally held during February. Anyone with an interest in bookbinding is most welcome to join, and we are delighted to have enquiries from people new to bookbinding.


Gillian Stewart


Helen McBrearty



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Artist Book Group

online via Zoom

Malcolm Raggett will host some informal meetings focusing broadly on book arts and particularly artist books. These meetings will be online via Zoom. Members can book with The sessions...

An Introduction to Islamic Bindings

George Bayntun Manvers Street
Bath, Bath BA1 1JW United Kingdom

This workshop will introduce the Islamic binding structure. Participants will make a model of an Islamic book, drawing on structural features from historic exemplars. Twined chevron-patterned endbands will be sewn, and various decoration techniques will be used...

Beginning Tooling

Dragon Press Bindery Dragon Press Bindery
Highworth, Swindon SN6 7PP United Kingdom

This workshop will teach participants the fundamental techniques of hand tooling on leather. Suitable for those with no experience, it also offers a thorough refresher course for anyone wanting to...


Funding Opportunities:

QEST – grants between £5,000 – £18,000 for makers demonstrating excellence in British Craft. Various deadlines throughout the year

Heritage Craft Association – various grants for makers practising endangered crafts. Usually opens around February

The Printing Charity Print Futures Award – Grants for people aged 18 – 30 to get training. Opens early each year

The Princes Trust – small grants between £175 – £250 for young people 18-30 starting up a business or seeking training

Creative Scotland – open funding available for sustained large projects that involve creative practice and engage the community

The Book Trade Charity – grant of up to £1500 for those related to the book trade.  Could be for training, equipment cost, rent

Maureen Duke Award – £2000 granted by the Society of Bookbinders to allow a professional bookbinder to gain further trianing

Designer Bookbinders Bursary – granted to members of DB to attend masterclasses. Email the secretary for an application form and more information