Bookbinder Megan Stallworthy of Celandine Books

Bookbinder Megan Stallworthy

About me

I make sketchbooks, notebooks and bespoke books with handmade, watercolour and pattern papers, leather, vellum and linen. Each book is bound by hand in my studio in West Somerset, using traditional bookbinding techniques and archival materials, with a contemporary feel.

I studied Bookbinding and Repair at Brighton University, before moving back to the West Country to set up my business over 30 years ago, and have been making and repairing books and teaching bookbinding ever since.

My approach

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of paper, linen and leather, I like simplicity in both form and design so that the materials can speak for themselves. I aim to make books that feel calm and subtle, brought to life by areas of colour, pattern or texture.

The tactile nature of a book is also important to me; there is something so magical about the feel of a book in your hands and the movement of the turning pages. My books are practical, made to be used and to last.

Three Colours Square hand bound sketchbooks

Stockists and memberships

You can buy the books here in my shop, and also at MAKE Southwest in Bovey Tracey, the Burton Art Gallery in Bideford, New Brewery Arts in Cirencester and at Made By Hand Online.

I am a selected member of MAKE Southwest and the Crafts Council and Find a Maker directories, and a member of Heritage Crafts and the Society of Bookbinders.

  • Bookbinding sewing frame