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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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March 2020

AGM Show & tell and Sale

21st March 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

AGM Show & Tell and Sale

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April 2020

Paste Papers

25th April 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Paste, Paint & Paper...  With Sheila Wood but not as you've done it before. Using a special paint brush and Japanese wheat starch, which will be provided, you will make exciting patterns and vibrant colour combinations. This is the brainchild of Santa Fe artist, Madeleine Durham, taught to Sheila in one of her classes in Colorado. The cost of the workshop will be £20 to members and £40 to non-members, plus a material cost of £10 - £15 This will take place…

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May 2020

Paper Marbling

16th May 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beginners Traditional Marbling with Jill Sellars. Fee:  Members - £30.00  Non Members - £50.00 Materials:  £15.00 Participants will be provided with the tools and materials required to acquire the ability to make basic patterns from which many traditional and innovative decorated papers can be created. We will use acrylic paints which does not come off clothes. Students should bring newspaper to put on the floor, strips of newspaper approx. 5 x 35cm minimum for skimming the size, a folding drying…

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June 2020

House Book Structure – POSTPONED

20th June 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

House Book Structure with Paul Johnson - details TBC

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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