about Bound to Stitch

Bound to Stitch was “born” in 2017, operating from a studio loft conversion in Lymington. In 2018 I moved to Kings Worthy, just 3 miles from the centre of Winchester, Hampshire and my bespoke studio was completed in early 2019.  

This spacious studio is conveniently situated on the ground floor and is well-equipped for crafting. The book binding equipment includes a guillotine capable of trimming thick book blocks up to A3 size, a professional board chopper as well nipping, laying and  finishing presses.  All the hand tools required for book binding are available apart from those for hand tooling. There are facilities for letterpress, lino and other relief printing techniques as well as the kit and kaboodle for paper-making. 

On the stitching side I enjoy creative embroidery, often combining hand and machine work and I have several electric sewing machines, an overlocker and an embellisher. I experiment with a whole range of materials from recycled cloth, paper and leather and use a variety of techniques to add colour.

The semi-industrial air-cooled laser cutter, with a 600mm by 458mm bed, is housed in a separate room as it is noisy and smelly. It offers studio users fabulous opportunities to use digital design to cut, etch and engrave a whole range of materials as well as the ability to produce unique printing blocks.

Examples of binding for books