2020/21 Programme

The remainder of 2020 classes

can be found at the bottom of the page

all classes run from 10 - 4/5



February 11th - 13th         Pleated Hinge                    tutor: Lori Sauer

March 10th - 12th             Pure Naked Beauty           tutors: Claudia Benvestito and Lori Sauer

April 23rd - 24th                Origami Binding                tutor: Julie Auzillon

May 12th - 14th                 Perfect Measuring             tutor: Tine Noreille

July 31st - August 3rd      Wonders of Hedi Kyle       tutor: Suzanne Schmollgruber

September 15th - 18th     Woven Structure               tutor: Jan Zimmerlich

October 5th - 8th              Bradel à la Dorfner           tutor: Rahel Scheufele



October 22nd - 24th       Asymmetrical Boxes            tutor: Kylin Lee Acherman

November 20th               The Elbum                           tutor: Lori Sauer

November 21st                Tue-Mouche                        tutor: Lori Sauer


Pleated Hinge

Lori Sauer

February 11th - 13th    £250

finishing at lunchtime on the 13th

This neat little book is a glueless structure sewn on specially shaped vellum tapes. It is very elegant and crisp with a flat opening.

Participants will make an initial book with limp paper covers and a second book with stiff boards. The cover is often made from a single piece of material but it is also possible to make in separate pieces depending on individual design.

This binding is suitable for conservation work and can be dressed up or down depending on end use. It's a great one to add to the repertoire.

Basic experience required.


Pure Naked Beauty

Claudia Benvestito, Lori Sauer

March 10th - 12th    £315

This class has been rescheduled from 2020

Workshop participants will learn knot-tack sewing on split-strap supports - a medieval technique that counts as one of the strongest and most durable ever known. This will be translated into a modern variant made without a sewing frame. Italian back-beaded primary endbands will reinforce the head and tail of the book block and a secondary crowned sewing enhances their appeal.

On the third day Lori Sauer will take over from Claudia and show students how to bind their sewn books in a specially developed contemporary structure that shows off the exposed sewing - all will be revealed in the class.

​Experience required.



Origata Binding

Julie Auzillon

April 23rd/24th     £230.00

The starting point for an origata binding is a wrapper of folded paper that provides the support for sewing the pages and attaching the covers. The technique is adaptable and reversible. The origata binding can be used both as a conservation binding and as a creative binding, according to the materials used.

The workshop will initially focus on teaching the basic technique on a single section book, after which a second two section book is made utilising many of the creative variants.

Basic experience required.


Perfect Measuring, Cutting and Folding

Tine Noreille

May 12th - 14th     £315.00

Tine's method for measuring is simply brilliant. She held a workshop at BINDING re:DEFINED in 2019 and is now back to inspire even more of us.

Participants will first have hands-on time to master the technique. They will then make at least two woven and interlocking book structures designed by C. Van Vliet and E. Steiner. These bindings open completely flat and have beautiful design details.


The class is perfect for beginners and seasoned binders alike - they are ideal books for artists, graphic designers, photographers, calligraphers and all creative people.


The Wonders of Hedi Kyle

Suzanne Schmollgruber   July 31st - August 3rd £390


finishing at lunchtime on the 3rd.

Heidi Kyle's extraordinary book constructions, falling somewhere between historical and modern designs, will be reconsidered and further interpreted in this workshop. Artful folding, cutting and sewing techniques will present numerous variations of leporellos as well as codex bindings.

The class will show how rich the possibilities and developments of these works are with the aim to learn more about the techniques of Hedi Kyle and to re-interpret them in your own personal way.

All paper lovers welcome.


Woven Structure

Jan Peter Zimmerlich

September 15th - 18th     £430.00

This is an easily reversible non-adhesive binding with with an endless choice of applications, from the very basic to the very complex.


Participants will be shown how to integrate very different materials such as plastics, wood, paper and Tyvek into the structure of a book. A Woven Structure binding does not need decoration in the conventional sense, it is the materials used that distinguish it.

Students make one flexible board binding on weaving tapes; a second binding is constructed with self supporting boards made up from weaving tapes; a third binding, called 'out of the frame', is made on tabs instead of tapes.

The aim of the class is to open binders' minds on this wonderful approach, something that Jan has explored for more than twenty years.

All levels welcome.


Bradel à la Dorfner

Rahel Scheufele

October 5th - 8th     £430.00


Originally invented by Otto Dorfner and recently reinterpreted and adjusted by Brother Edgard Claes, this special technique has two notable features - a perfect and easy opening as well as an intriguing and decorative hinge.

Students will work on their own book – beginning with sewing, glueing, etc – until we reach the secrets of the hinge technique. They will work with all kinds of different materials, from leather and parchment/vellum through to decorated paper. They will have to work hard to adhere to the time-schedule so the focus is on precision and learning the technique, rather than on finding and realising the perfect décor. Students will use their own decorated paper to cover the boards, while the spine will be of parchment.

In the end we will not only have created wonderful books but each student will be able to repeat and reinterpret this amazing technique.

Experience required



2020 classes

Playful and Practical

Kylin Lee Acherman    October 22nd -24th    £310

waiting list only


Clean lines, geometric forms and smart, functional design inspire this box making workshop. Over three days we will build three different boxes. We start with a sleek little case for business cards with a snappy magnetic closure. The practical and durable form will make it something that you'll always want to have handy in your pocket or bag. The second structure will be a book box with a magnetic flap closure. This is a great structure that is easily adaptable to a range of sizes and uses. Finally we will make a small triangular box that utilizes a playful and mysterious magnetic hinge. It will be a fun workshop to open your eyes to some new and sensible approaches to box making as well as a primer on incorporating powerful and versatile neodymium magnets.


Basic experience. 


Lori Sauer is teaching the following pair of one-day workshops about two structures developed by Benjamin Elbel.They take place on consecutive days so that participants can come to one or both.

Lori is a certified instructor for Elbel Libro.

The Elbum

Lori Sauer    November 20th    £100

Participants make a very unique album that uses only friction to hold its pages in to the specially folded spine. The cover is made from a folded, single piece of material that results in multi-ply boards. It is very chic and stylish, perfect for holding postcards, photos, prints or anything printed on single sheets.

All skill levels welcome.



Lori Sauer    November 21st      £100

Tue-mouche bindings are semi-flexible bindings in folded paper or vellum that are suitable for artist books, conservation bindings or stationery. The spine construction derives from the 'dos rapporté' binding and offers a flawless opening. The name (fly-catchers) refers to the main component of the bindings: paper (or vellum) strips, sometimes very long, that could be coated with glue to catch imaginary creatures... in fact we will use very little or no glue at all in this workshop aimed at those who enjoy the magic of  folding.

Basic experience required.