Bookbinding – decorative stitched journal with Tracey Bush

Ref: S1D31320

Location: West Dean

About this course

Create an attractive book while you learn key bookbinding techniques, and create a multi-section book with a decorative buttonhole stitch spine, ideal as a sketchbook or journal.

Course Description

On this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to some techniques of creating one-of-a-kind books. You will make a tactile multi-section binding. This idiosyncratic book can contain different coloured paper covers, enhanced with a decorative buttonhole stitch on the spine to assemble the sections.

You will take home a unique handmade book, which can be used as a resonant starting point for your own visual journal.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of materials for your journal (excluding decorative papers, which may be purchased individually).

What students need to bring

  • An apron and notebook
  • Any special heavy weight paper for the cover decoration or items you may wish to incorporate
  • Please note you must wear covered footwear at all times in the workshop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A wide range of decorative, textured and plain papers
  • Other art supplies, if required

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years. She has produced a series of books, which have been acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. In 2014 Tracey was commissioned to create the large scale 'Ports of the World' butterfly box, which is installed on the P&O cruise ship, Britannia.

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