Bookbinding for Beginners at Owl & Lion

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Learn how to make beautiful handmade books for either your own personal use as a journal, sketch-book or notebook; or as a much-appreciated gift to a loved one with our handcrafts courses in Sydney. A perfect and unique present at any time of the year.

Start your Bookbinding Journey, in the heart of Sydney Inner West and learn from Master Bookbinder Isabelle McGowan who has taught in Europe for over 15 years.

Bind five books in one weekend – four different Bookbinding techniques and learn how to construct a handmade box.

The aim of this course is to familiarise you with the necessary knowledge and skills to start you on a journey to make your own books. This course is designed to provide a good working knowledge of materials and techniques.

You will develop skills in both the production and design of handmade books enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings. Traditional book structures are explored, using materials that will endure over time.

Course outcomes

By the end of this one day workshop, you will have learned:

  • skills fundamental to hand bookbinding and be able to repeat and practice at home
  • how to use a variety of tools and materials and how to apply them to the sewing and construction of your book
  • grain direction, paper cutting, sewing sections and covering, select and use appropriate materials

Ideal for

This is without doubt one of the best course aimed at the absolute beginners level, designed for everyone.

Please note, the workshop requires good hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and cutting with a sharp knife, students must have capability and confidence with this. You should be able to follow verbal instructions and health and safety information. Have basic numeracy to do accurate measurements and calculations.

Course content

In this one day workshop, you will make a

  • single section pamphlet book, finished with hardcover and decorative paper
  • Japanese Stab Binding in full book cloth, lined with decorative paper
  • Venetian Journal covered in full leather with decorative stitching and a leather tie
  • Cartographic folding book
  • beautiful keepsake box covered in decorative paper to bring home all your beautiful creations

Venue and getting there

The Owl & Lion
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

Public Transport
Approx. 7 minutes walk from St Peters or Sydenham station.

Lots of onsite parking available. Car parking access can also be from Edith St, St Peters.

Please bring to class

  • Closed-in shoes to wear

Other Information

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: 5 stars!

  • said: You leave with the knowledge and ability to create other books yourself, and to build on your skills. Isabelle is a really great teacher.

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