Handcrafted Stationery

Beautiful stationery,
handcrafted in Scotland

The Bumblebee Bindery is a small, private workshop based in Edinburgh - a city with a rich history in printing, publishing, & bookbinding.

Combining centuries-old techniques with contemporary materials, the bindery creates high-quality blank books and gift stationery.

Beautiful stationery,
handcrafted in Scotland

The Bumblebee Bindery is a small, private workshop based in Edinburgh - a city with a rich history in printing, publishing, & bookbinding.

Combining centuries-old techniques with contemporary materials, the bindery creates high-quality blank books and gift stationery.


About the
Books & Stationery

The exposed spine of an unfinished book, which is held in a wooden finishing press.

Each book from The Bumblebee Bindery begins as a stack of sustainably produced, acid-free paper. From there, the pages are carefully sewn together by hand using a fine, but sturdy, linen thread. For the simpler books, that's as far as it goes. The art in those is in combining the right colours, or designing something awesome for the front.

But for most of the binding styles, there's a lot more involved. Whether it's bound in cloth, or in leather, a single book can take several hours to make - and is the result of up to 65 individual processes. From shaping and lining the spine, to adding decoration & stability with hand-sewn endbands, creating these books is an enjoyable labour of love.

About the
Books & Stationery

Each book from The Bumblebee Bindery begins as a stack of sustainably produced, acid-free paper. From there, the pages are carefully sewn together by hand using a fine, but sturdy, linen thread. For the simpler books, that's as far as it goes. The art in those is in combining the right colours, or designing something awesome for the front.

But for most of the binding styles, there's a lot more involved. Whether it's bound in cloth, or in leather, a single book can take several hours to make - and is the result of up to 65 individual processes. From shaping and lining the spine, to adding decoration & stability with hand-sewn endbands, creating these books is an enjoyable labour of love.

The exposed spine of an unfinished book, which is held in a wooden finishing press.

About the
Bookbinder

Bookbinding by hand is a highly skilled craft. Many of the techniques have been around for centuries and, like storytelling, it carries a rich history of inherited knowledge. Apprentice binders would take years to learn the skills and secrets of the art from their mentors.

Me, on the other hand... I had no expert help. I began learning as a hobby, while re-adjusting to life after some challenges to my health.  But it suits me, really.  I've always been a bit of a self-directed geek. So, I kept at it, with my textbooks and the internet as my mentors.

At times, it's been pretty daunting - this is a trade of master craftspeople, after all. But in the last few years, I've begun to find more folk like me. Solo bookbinders - searching for our own knowledge, then stubbornly practicing and sharing what we learn.  It's a great community to be part of, and it's done wonders for my confidence as a bookbinder.

I still hope to attend classes someday - there'll always be new skills and ideas that I can develop.  But for now, this is me and my work.  You can check out our progress at the blog!

Jayne Kennedy
Jayne Kennedy

About the
Bookbinder

Jayne Kennedy
Jayne Kennedy

Bookbinding by hand is a highly skilled craft. Many of the techniques have been around for centuries and, like storytelling, it carries a rich history of inherited knowledge. Apprentice binders would take years to learn the skills and secrets of the art from their mentors.

Me, on the other hand... I had no expert help. I began learning as a hobby, while re-adjusting to life after some challenges to my health.  But it suits me, really.  I've always been a bit of a self-directed geek. So, I kept at it, with my textbooks and the internet as my mentors.

At times, it's been pretty daunting - this is a trade of master craftspeople, after all. But in the last few years, I've begun to find more folk like me. Solo bookbinders - searching for our own knowledge, then stubbornly practicing and sharing what we learn.  It's a great community to be part of, and it's done wonders for my confidence as a bookbinder.

I still hope to attend classes someday - there'll always be new skills and ideas that I can develop.  But for now, this is me and my work.  You can check out our progress at the blog!


Sustainability

The Bumblebee Bindery is committed to limiting its impact on the environment.  This includes ensuring that, wherever possible, materials are sourced from sustainable manufacturing systems; and are then used as efficiently as possible to reduce in-house waste. For more specific details on how I do this, you can take a look at the sustainability policy.

Sustainability

The Bumblebee Bindery is committed to limiting its environmental impact and carbon footprint by frequently reviewing its environmental performance. This includes ensuring that, wherever possible, materials are sourced from sustainable manufacturing systems; and are then used as efficiently as possible to reduce in-house waste. For more specific details on how I do this, you can take a look at the sustainability policy.