Black Cat Bindery

Black Cat Bindery
Black Cat Bindery. Traditional Craft Bookbinders

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Thought I would add  a few pictures of the bindery.

The Black Cat Bindery is a friendly, traditional craft bindery situated in the countryside near to the pretty market town of Castle Cary in the heart of Somerset, England. We are a small professional team of dedicated bookbinders aiming to produce memorable and lasting bindings and boxes for every special occasion. Using traditional hand binding equipment, some of which dates back to the Victorian era, our products are classically authentic. Each order is an opportunity to produce a handmade item which you will treasure forever.
We undertake a wide variety of work from photograph albums – including wedding, christening birthdays, whatever your special memories are, to the binding of limited edition print runs of up to one hundred. We also produce presentation print boxes,keepsake boxes and CD/ DVD folios as well as visitors books, guest books and journals. As we offer a bespoke service we are more than happy to undertake one off commissions.
Restoration of older books is also undertaken and our aim is always to restore the book, giving it lasting strength, whilst maintaining its original appearance.
As all our products are handmade to order turn around time for website items are usually 1-2 weeks but we do always try our best to accommodate if you are in a hurry.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

                        Our new website is up and running

                Have a look and let us know what you think.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Linen wedding albums

Personalised linen photograph albums hand made to order with matching clamshell storage boxes
Perfect for all occasions from wedding day photographs, holidays or simply to store your precious baby and family photos.
These natural coloured linen cloth photo albums and boxes are individually made to order in our workshop in Somerset, available in a range of subtle colours. If you would like us to send samples of colours or would like to discuss options please get in touch. Inside each clamshell box are two satin ribbon pulls, the colour of these may vary. We have plenty more linens and cloths in the workshop so if you don't see what you want on the website please email us with your request.
Both album and clamshell box can be personalised with gold or silver embossing by adding names, a place or dates.
Photos can be mounted on both sides or just on the right hand side. We recommend that you use photo mounts to attach your photos.
Once made, our albums are wrapped in decorative paper and come in a stylish gift box. If you have any questions or require more information about our albums or products please don't hesitate to contact us by email.

Page sizes available

  • 9" x 9" - 40 cream pages {80 sides} interleaved with white tissue dividers, includes matching drop back box
  • 12" x 9" Portrait - 30 cream/black pages {60 sides} interleaved with tissue dividers, includes matching drop back box
  • 12" x 12" - 40 cream/black pages {80 sides} interleaved with white tissue dividers, includes matching drop back box
  • 13.5" x 13.5" - 50 cream/black pages pages {100 sides} interleaved with white tissue dividers, includes matching drop back box
  • 14" x 10" Landscape - 40 cream pages {80 sides} interleaved with white tissue dividers, includes matching drop back box
As all our products are bespoke we like 1-2 weeks to complete your order but if you are in a panic! get in touch and we will try to meet your needs.
Linen cloth, due to the natural weave, may contain small irregular appearances, which we feel, adds to its authenticity as a quality product.

Technical information for those that want to know

The album pages are of archival quality and 230gsm in a choice of ivory and black. Each page is interleaved with a white glassine tissue divider, to protect your prints and produce a lasting, quality product to display your photos.
For more info email us at
To find out more about our colour range go to

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Chiyogami Paper

Chiyogami patterns were inspired from Kimono patterns and first made by Japanese Paper-Makers in the 20th century. With a decline in the manufacture of Kimonos, the old cloth printing studios began applying their patterns to paper. Originally printed by woodblock and used to make paper dolls and other home decorations, Chiyogami is still silkscreened by hand using a mixture of kozo and sulphite. These patterns blended with the existing woodblock-printed Chiyogami tradition to create a newer, wider range of paper patterns that now also included gold. 
Known for beautiful, vibrant and striking colours, many of today's Chiyogami patterns are based on traditional Japanese designs with symbols that represent beauty, good fortune and long life. These patterns include flowers, trees, animals and geometric shapes. Flowering plum trees, pine leaves, clover, bamboo, violets, butterflies, stripes and parasol shapes are among the traditional designs that are still very popular today.
Chiyogami can be used for a wide variety of art and craft projects. It is a favorite choice for Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Cranes, boats and many other shapes and objects are exquisitely beautiful when made with Chiyogami. Japanese paper has inspired many wedding invitation designs and used to line envelopes. Today we see book covers, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, collages, picture mats and lampshades all made with Chiyogami. Due to its strength and durability Chiyogami is ideal for covering all kinds of common household objects, such as picture frames, boxes, tins and light switch covers.
All Chiyogami Paper  is still silk-screened by hand. It's a laborious process, with each pattern requiring a separate screen that needs to be hand-registered for each color layer. 

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We have been playing around with this beautiful paper and have been commissioned by a few people to line print boxes with it. We think it looks great.