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.

NB: The Bindery Website is currently being redesigned and the shop has been temporarily closed.  In the meantime, please feel free to visit my Etsy page!

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.

NB: The Bindery Website is currently being redesigned and the shop has been temporarily closed.  In the meantime, please feel free to visit my Etsy page!


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.

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.