Home Study - Independent Stream

The purchasers of an Independent Stream workshop receive all the material in the workshop package and use these as they require, but do not apply for comment or critique from CBBAG mentors. While there are no prerequisite requirements for Independent Stream workshops, a participant would have difficulty taking Bookbinding 2 without the having completed Bookbinding 1 or its equivalent and so on.

It is recommended participants in the Independent Stream proceed through the workshops in order: Bookbinding 1, 2, and 3, Restoration & Repair, and Finishing. The overall curriculum is progressive in complexity and built on the assumption that participants start at the beginning and have mastered the skills of any pre-requisites.

The Home Study Independent Stream workshops are not eligible as prerequisites for in-studio workshops nor towards a CBBAG Certificate of Completion.

The five core curriculum bookbinding videos were filmed during in-studio workshops and have certain limitations because considerations had to be made for participants. The recorded workshops were led by Betsy Palmer Eldridge. The “fly-on-wall” experience means that the videos have all the charms and faults of a real-life workshop situations and not all elements are shown in step-by-step direct demonstrations. The videos offer a wealth of practical and theoretical material, and the accompanying manuals work to clarify or expand the information in the videos.

The Marbling video was led by Shelagh Smith and is a direct demonstration video, not a “fly-on-the-wall” type of experience. Each workshop is composed of multiple MP4 files supplied on a USB drive and pdf manuals.


- Bookbinding 1 and Lexicon
- Bookbinding 2 and Endpapers
- Bookbinding 3 and Introduction to Leather*
- Finishing
- Restoration & Repair
- Marbling

*Introduction to Leather is also available for purchase on its own but is included with the purchase of Bookbinding 3.


Click here for the Home Study Courses Price List.
Postage and handling charges are in addition to the fees shown.


Please e-mail ALL the required information to homestudy@cbbag.ca
- Your name
- Your phone number
- Your mailing address
- The workshop(s) you wish to purchase
- The stream you have chosen: Independent
- Your agreement to the Home Study Programme Policy


Method of payment required (see below for options)

Credit Card

For payment by credit card, once your email request is received, an AffiniPay invoice will be issued to your e-mail address that will cover the workshop fee, postage, and handling, and CBBAG one-year membership, if required.


For payment by e-transfer or cheque/money order, please specify that you require a pdf invoice in your original email to the registrar about the purchase at homestudy@cbbag.ca


It generally takes about three weeks from payment of the invoice to shipping out for Home Study orders. Canada Post is used for shipping. If you have any special requirements for shipping (such as insurance, etc.), please discuss immediately after purchase with the Home Study registrar.

CHANGING from Independent Stream to Guided Stream

Bookbinding 1

For Bookbinding 1, the curriculum for the Guided Stream is different from the Independent Stream, so participants will be required to purchase the Guided Stream at full cost.

Bookbinding  2, or 3

For Bookbinding 2 or 3, until any curriculum updates are made or the workshops moved online, participants are allowed to upgrade to the Guided Stream for the difference in cost between the two programmes.


Purchases of Home Study workshops in the Independent Stream are final, with no refunds available.


CBBAG Home Study materials are copyrighted. In purchasing any Home Study workshop participants must agree to the CBBAG the Home Study Programme Policy and may not duplicate the manuals or videos except for their personal educational use.

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