Bookbinding at The Archive Dubai…

Today, my day commenced with a visit to The Archive, Dubai to attend a book binding workshop with Michelle Harvey. I was eager to create a handcrafted sketchbook for myself. The course facilitated by Michelle was excellent. Michelle’s style of facilitation is relaxed and very informative. There were four people on the course including myself. All materials were supplied, participants were required to bring a cutting mat, craft knife/scalpel, scissors and a metal ruler. We created two books each. The first book we created using a running stitch and completed using a soft cover to finish. During the construction of the first book, we experimented with embossing. The second book was created using a French stitch technique which was completed by covering the book with a hard cover.

The conversation was flowing during the workshop and the atmosphere and space of The Archive complemented the creativity of our work. Also, the fact that we were surrounded by a wonderful collection of books adorning the sleek shelving of the venue. The workshop commenced at 11am and ran until 4pm, breaking for 1 hour for lunch. Check out Michelle’s work here on her blog.

Also attending the workshop was Katie Venner-Woodbridge, an art teacher who had attended Michelle’s previous workshop on Coptic Binding. You can check out Katie’s work here.

If anyone is interested in attending one of Michelle’s up coming workshops you can email Michelle on

I was very pleased with my two books and will continue to create hand made books. Here are some photographs from the process and with the final products from all 4 participants.



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