Book binding

Over the last 3 years I have been learning how to hand bind books, and I love it! I’ve attended some fantastic courses at East London Print Makers Studios in Hackney and at The Art Academy in South London.

I’ve experimented with different types of books from soft cover exercise books;

Traditional Japanese bindings;

Books created from folding paper in interesting ways;

And, my favourite, Coptic bindings;

Each book I’ve made I’ve put up in my online Etsy shop and I’ve been over the moon when people have bought them!

You can also commission me to make a book with a cover of your choice, or to help you bind that special project you’ve been working on.

Over the last few years I have worked with a number of people on their book projects.

Anna wanted to make a one of a kind wedding photo album for her close friend. After documenting the day on film, we worked together to create a truly unique coptic bound album. I coached Anna through the stitching step by step so that she completed the binding on the book entirely herself.

Sarah helped me bind a beautiful book of photos I took at my friend’s wedding. We customised the front cover and Sarah showed me how to stitch the photos together. It made a wonderful personalised wedding present and I loved the process of making it too.

I worked with budding teen fiction author Maddy, to help her bind the first draft of her story and look forward to helping out with future drafts and a book of poetry;

Michele wanted to create a very personal and special story book for her nephew who lives abroad. We worked together to work out how best to bind the book and get the effect that she wanted.

Michele said,

Fool’s Prints was great to work with to bind a book for my nephew. It was a lot of fun to see how it was done and made a lovely and unique birthday present


To find out more about book binding or to talk through a project you have in mind, send me an email at


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