Regions  |  North Wales & North West


The North Wales and North West Region of the Society offers tuition via workshops, classes, visits and lectures.

The region has its own 'shop' which is managed by Paul Broadbent, this is available at most of our regular meetings at Kelsall.  We have also invited suppliers to attend, these have included Ratchfords, Harmatan and Conways.

Meetings take place at the Kelsall Community Centre, Kelsall, Tarporley, CW6 0SB (map), unless otherwise stated. There is a charge of £16 for workshops and £8 for demonstrations (both include tea, coffee and biscuits). An additional charge will be made for the cost of materials at workshops.

Those attending Workshops as ‘observers’ - a reduced charge of £8 applies.

Contact Andrew Brown for any other information.


11 March 2017
Alan Fitch: Corners (workshop)
When binding a book at some point you are going to have to consider corners and how to deal with them. What are your options? Close your eyes and hope for the best or perhaps there is another possibility!

This workshop will help you to develop your skills in dealing with a variety of differing types of corner, from a Butt Mitre to a Side Tongue, from a Universal to a Pleated Tongue, or even improving the basic overlapping corner. During the day you will use cloth and leather (pre-pared) to create beautiful corners. To accompany the workshop there will be a fully illustrated booklet for you to take away with you.

Please bring: Bone Folder, Pencil, Ruler, Cutting mat, Scissors, Awl, Dividers, Paste/PVA brush, Set Square, Safety Ruler, Scalpel or small bladed knife (not a Stanley Knife) with spare blades, General purpose knife, Strop, Paring Knife (if you have one), scrap paper to paste-out on. A small paring stone or piece of marble or a small piece of plate glass would be beneficial. Paste/PVA will be provided.

Materials cost: £15

10:30am - 4:30pm.

Max 20. Please contact Andrew Brown to book your place.

Kelsall Community Centre


8 April 2017
Anna Yevtukh-Squire: Dos-a-Dos Leather Binding (workshop)
During this workshop you will be introduced to an extraordinary historic binding that pre-dates the 16th century, where two books are attached back-to-back. Students will learn how to construct this structure and will cover it in full leather. Suitable for beginners and those with more experience.

Anna Yevtukh studied art and bookbinding in Ukraine and has been making unusual creative books since 1998. She is a member of the Society of Bookbinders, Designer Bookbinders and the Guild of Designer Craftsmen. Anna likes to combine old and new and research lots of historic but forgotten book structures. She likes to experiment with different materials and put them in a new and unexpected context. She conducts many bookbinding workshops across the UK, as well as being a bookbinding tutor at Malvern School of Art since 2011.

Please bring: Basic bookbinding tools: craft knife, straight edge, bone folder, etc.

Materials cost: £20

10:30am - 4:30pm.

Max 15. Please contact Andrew Brown to book your place.

Kelsall Community Centre


13 May 2017
Visit to Portico and Chetham’s Libraries, Manchester
Starting with an introduction to The Portico Library’s history and Grade II* listed building, your guide will display a number of first editions held in the library’s 19th century collection. Following this will be some detail on the library’s rebinding policy and restoration scheme, as well as the opportunity to look over some of the finer and most notable books and bindings in the collection.

The day will be an informal affair with ample time to enjoy the Library, Shop and Cafe at your leisure. Viewing will start at 11.15am, until the close of the Library at 3pm. Cost of tour is £3.50 per person. £2 for tea / coffee or £4 for a hot drink and homemade cake (numbers required two weeks in advance)
From there, we will take a short 15 minute walk (or 7 minute cab ride) across the City centre to our following destination. Here, Jonathan Schofield will give us a detailed tour of the Library and reveal its rich history. Cost £10pp.

Chetham’s Library has been in continuous use as a free public library for over 350 years. It is housed in a beautiful sandstone building dating from 1421 which was built to accommodate the priests of Manchester’s Collegiate Church.

The entire collection at Chetham’s Library has been designated as one of national and international importance, an accolade of which the Library is extremely proud.

The Library began acquiring books in August 1655, and has been adding to its collections ever since. As well as a fine collection of early printed books, the collections include a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters and deeds, prints, paintings and glass lantern slides. Marvel at the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

11:00am - 6:00pm.

Please contact Andrew Brown to book your place.

Portico Library (map)


10 June 2017
Kathy Sedar: Coptic and Tacket Binding (workshop)
These ancient binding techniques have their legacy in modern binding and produce useful flexible book-forms for notebooks and other potential uses. The unsupported sewing of the sections in both forms has its own decorative value.

In this busy workshop you will spend the morning making simple A6 size Tacket Bindings with card wrappers and have the opportunity to examine and discuss a variety of modern bindings that show the versatility of this technique. You will also spend some time in preparation of more complex Coptic sewn volumes in the afternoon. These are: a small album style Stub book and the second a traditional A5 sized Coptic sewn Note Book.

A supplementary charge of £5 covers papers for a Coptic Sew’n’Stub book and a kit of parts provided for the Coptic sewn volume that includes folded sections, prepared boards and curved sewing needles. (There will be a minimal charge for handout sheets also).

Please bring: A2-sized Gummed Pad, 100 - 110gsm (For A6 Tacket Binding), Pricking cradle (instructions for making a pricking cradle can be made available), Precision Gluing Container - email Kathy for further info at, basic bookbinding tools, bone / teflon folder etc.

10:30am - 4:30pm.

Please contact Andrew Brown to book your place.

Kelsall Community Centre


15 July 2017
Andrew Brown: Design Binding - A Process (talk/demonstration)
In the same way musical bands perform at smaller, more intimate venues in preparation for a larger concert in the immediate future, Andrew will be doing similar in anticipation of his inaugural appearance at this year’s SoB Conference in Keele. (book now if you haven’t already!)

Mr Brown will guide the aspiring fine design binder through the processes of generating ideas and refining initial thoughts, through to the consideration of materials, design techniques and the actual creation of the physical piece.

10.30am - 4.30pm

Kelsall Community Centre



Paul Broadbent
Ty Ganol
Pen Y Cefn Road
Jill Sellars
18 The Orchards
Connah’s Quay
Rosamund Tanner-Tremaine
Midsummer House
Smithfield Lane
CW11 4JA
Programme Secretary
Andrew Brown
Artisan Bindery
Unit 18, Suite 14
Barrowmore Estate
Great Barrow


Artisan Bindery (Chester)
Paul Delrue (Ruthin)
Alan Fitch (Llanymynech, Powys)
Helen Golding-Miller - email link (Kendal, Cumbria)
The Grange (Ellesmere, Shropshire)
Dominic Riley & Michael Burke - email link (Low Wood, Cumbria)
Teasdale Bookbinders - email link (Corwen, Denbighshire)
Julian Thomas - email link (Tuition to individuals. Borth, Cardiganshire)

Suppliers: (Stockport)