Training Courses Programme

All our courses are FREE to Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans, for other veterans, a 10% discount is available. To apply for any of this training, or to find out more, simply e-mail us at [email protected] or call the workshop on 01672 851979.

Beginners’ Introduction to Bookbinding Sessions – As part of the Phoenix Centre’s Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) at Tedworth House we have provided monthly introductory bookbinding lessons available to those who are participating in the programme. These last under two hours and are designed to give WIS veterans a taste of the basic skills and techniques we use, and an introduction to the tools and materials required for bookbinding. Every student goes away with a high-quality notebook that they will have made themselves. These sessions are great fun and very therapeutic, aiding both concentration and confidence. We are pleased to report these courses have now be reinstated following a break during the Covid pandemic.

Training Courses – We run a progressive series of courses in bookbinding that cater for the absolute beginner and cover all the skills needed to achieve a Level 3 City & Guilds certificate in bookbinding (for a list of the available courses, see our course list below.) Courses are normally held in our own classroom at the Daffodil Barn, and are normally run as full-time 3-day or 5-day course, however, during the recent Covid-19 pandemic many courses had to be cancelled and on-line tutorials via Zoom were developed and have proved very successful. See the table of courses below.

City & Guilds Awards – There is no requirement to apply for City & Guilds awards, but our members are automatically registered, and application for these nationally recognised qualifications is strongly encouraged. Courses and awards are available at Level 1, 2 and 3, and each course covers the syllabus of one City & Guilds “Unit”. By completing a Unit, a WIS member can achieve a single craft Award. For example, the successful completion of the Beginners’ Course (Unit 118) qualifies for a City & Guilds Award.

WIS members who wish to apply for a Certificate in Bookbinding simply need to complete the two Units for each Level and also one of our Craft Design courses. Awards and Qualifications are graded: at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

COURSES AT THE DAFFODIL BARN (WOODBOROUGH), TEDWORTH HOUSE (TIDWORTH)  AND ON-LINE ZOOM COURSES – 2022

             DATE                                                     COURSE       LOCATION
JULY 2022
19-21 Jul (Tue-Thu) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 201/202) Design and Sampling Course. This course is for those who would like to achieve a certificate in Level 1 or 2 Bookbinding and who have no previous arts experience.  You will put together a portfolio of samples relating to bookbinding, its materials and learn about colour and design. Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
30 Jul-1 Aug  (Sat-Mon) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds Module Qtr Vellum Binding (Part 1). An optional assignment in the C&G Level 3 curriculum, where you will learn to make a laced-on hard binding with a French groove, which will be covered with quarter vellum and decorative paper Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
AUGUST 2022
9 Aug (Tue 10.30 – 12.30) BBV Introduction to Bookbinding session (NB. This short introductory session is intended for Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) Students at Tedworth House only.) Tedworth House (Tidworth)
15-19 Aug (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 118) Beginners’ Bookbinding, Pamphlet and Multi-section bindings
For complete beginners, this is the first unit in the Level 1 C&G certificate in Bookbinding, where you will gain a core knowledge of the basic skills and make single and multi-section bindings in quarter, half and full cloth.
Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
23 Aug (Tue 10.30 – 13.30) Online Group Introduction to Bookbinding Session (10 places) for Veterans Tribe Scotland students only. Contact the facilitator Gerry McGregor at [email protected] for further details. Students will have the opportunity to learn some basic bookbinding techniques and make a small notebook Contact Gerry McGregor
24 Aug (Wed 13.30 – 16.30) Online Group Introduction to Bookbinding Session (10 places) for Veterans Tribe Scotland students only. Contact the facilitator Gerry McGregor at [email protected] for further details. Students will have the opportunity to learn some basic bookbinding techniques and make a small notebook Contact Gerry McGregor
31 Aug (Wed -Time TBC) BBV online Taster Session (7 places). This session is for H4H students and any veterans. Further information is available from Emma Weir (facilitator for H4H Scotland  [email protected]) Contact Emma Weir
SEPTEMBER 2022
1 Sep (Thu – Time TBC) Online Individual Taster Session (7 places) for H4H students only. Further information is available from Emma Weir (facilitator for H4H Scotland  [email protected]) Contact Emma Weir
2 Sep (Fri 10.30 13.30) Online Individual Taster Session (7 places) for Veterans Tribe Scotland students only. Further information is available from Gerry McGregor (facilitator for Tribe Scotland) for email see above. Contact Gerry McGregor
5 Sep (Mon – Time TBC) Online Individual Taster Session (7 places) for H4H students only. Further information is available from Emma Weir (facilitator for H4H Scotland  [email protected]) Contact Emma Weir
5-9 Sep (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 119) Photograph Albums & Slip Cases. For those with a little bookbinding experience, this course is the second unit necessary for the Level 1 C&G certificate in Bookbinding, where you will learn how to make two different types of photograph album with folded guards, and one with stiff boards and a lined, cloth slipcase. Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
6 Sep (Tue. 10.30-12.30) BBV Introduction to Bookbinding session (NB. This short introductory session is intended for Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) Students at Tedworth House only.) Tedworth House (Tidworth)
13-14 Sep (Tue-Thu) C&G Level 3cityandguildsDiploma – Rebacking a Cloth Book One of the most useful skills to learn if you are considering making a living from bookbinding, this two-day course will teach you how to repair and re-back cloth hardback bindings. Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
13-14 Sep & 20-22 Sep 13-14 Sep C&G Level 1 Foundation Bookbinding Course (Unit 118) (Part 1 – Pamphlet Binding) and 20-22 (Tue-Thu) (Part 2 – Multi-Section Binding) (On-line Zoom Course for any student) This is for complete beginners and is the first unit in the Level 1 C&G’s certificate in Bookbinding. You will gain a core knowledge of basic bookbinding skills and will make a single section pamphlet and multi-section binding. Online – Zoom
26-30 Sep (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds  (Unit 221)   Alternative and Historical Bindings . This course is the second unit in the Level 2 C&G certificate in Bookbinding. You will learn how to make a range of non-adhesive bindings, including a Coptic binding.  For those with a little bookbinding experience. Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
OCTOBER 2022
4 Oct (Tue  10.30 – 12.30) BBV Introduction to Bookbinding session (NB. This short introductory session is intended for Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) Students at Tedworth House only.) Tedworth House (Tidworth)
4-6 Oct (Tue-Thu) & 11-12 Oct (Tue-Wed) C&G Level I cityandguilds (Unit 119)  Photograph Albums &Slip Case.  (Online Zoom course for any student) For those with a little bookbinding experience, this course is the second unit necessary for the Level 1 C&G certificate in Bookbinding, where you will learn how to make two different types of photograph album with folded guards, and one with stiff boards and a lined, cloth slipcase. Online Course (Zoom)
24-28 Oct (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds First Award (Unit 220) Leather Case binding. This course is the first unit in the Level 2 C&G certificate in Bookbinding. You will learn how to make casebound leather books in quarter and half leather, and how to pare leather and sharpen knives.  Some bookbinding experience is necessary. Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
1 Nov (Tue 1030 – 1230) BBV Introduction to Bookbinding session (NB. This short introductory session is intended for Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) Students at Tedworth House only.) Tedworth House (Tidworth)
1-3 N0v (Tue-Thu) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds(Unit 201/202) Design and Sampling Course.This course is for those who would like to achieve a certificate in Level 1 or 2 Bookbinding and who have no previous arts experience.  You will put together a portfolio of samples relating to bookbinding, its materials and learn about colour and design. Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)
10 Nov (Thu)

C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma)  Edge Decoration Edges are another surface for the binder’s creativity to shine but they are often overlooked. They act as an important protective barrier as well as being a key design element of a fine binding. In this workshop, Kate will show you how to achieve the perfect glass smooth finish to your edges and work through a variety of decorative finishes. From basic sprinkling and sponging through graphite, marbling, paste, gauffering and gold leaf.

Daffodil Barn (Woodborough)