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Be introduced to the art of bookbinding with our Handcrafts courses at the Owl & Lion in Sydney.

In this introductory course, you will 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. A perfect and unique present at any time of the year.

This course is packed with various projects so that you can learn a range of different bookbinding skills.

You will be able to complete six different projects in one weekend:

  • five 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. Traditional book structures are explored, using materials that will endure over time.

By the end of the course, you will have a good working knowledge of materials and techniques as well as developed skills in both the production and design of handmade books enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings.

Course outcomes

Over two days you will learn how to make:

  • A 5 holes single section pamphlet book, finished with hardcover and decorative paper
  • A Japanese Stab Binding in hardcover, full book cloth, lined with decorative paper
  • A Venetian Journal covered in full leather with decorative stitching and a leather tie
  • A Turkish fold book with hardcover
  • An expandable Concertina Book
  • A beautiful keepsake box covered in specialty marbled paper to bring home all your beautiful creations

Ideal for

  • 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

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

Materials provided

  • All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery.
  • Bottled water, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided free for you to help yourself throughout the day.

Please bring to class

  • Closed-in shoes to wear
  • Your own lunch

Venue and getting there

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.

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

The Owl & Lion Bindery is situated in a Creative Precinct alongside specialty Lifestyle shops, Art and Design Studios, a Craft Brewery, cafes, food trucks and a Coffee Roaster.

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

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

Other Information

  • All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery, along with self-serve tea, coffee and biscuits.
  • For ages 18+
  • This is a technical workshop. No experience necessary, but the workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected.
  • Other Bookbinding courses that the College offers are Bookbinding Core Skills and Bookbinding for Beginners at NSW Guild

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Introduction to Bookbinding Course at Owl & Lion

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$260 Limited inc GST / $208 / $234
Intensive 1-day class: Bind five books in one day - four different Bookbinding techniques and learn how to construct a handmade box.
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$260 Limited inc GST / $208 / $234

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Course testimonials:

  • said: It was a very enjoyable experience with both the tutor Isabelle and her assistant Belinda making the whole day enjoyable and making it easy for me to learn new skills.

  • said: Isabelle is one fantastic tutor! The way she designed the course made it so enjoyable for us all, we learnt about the history of book binding as well as made some great little books and a box. She was so informative and her knowledge of her craft is wonderful, she has had amazing training by the very best in Florence and it shows. We were all so energised and excited at the end of the day...an amazing day learning another craft.

  • said: It was very relaxed but fast moving with a variety of techniques taught.

  • said: Clear instruction and professionalism of the instructor. It was obvious that she is highly qualified, and a bonus that her teaching skill is so high!

  • said: 5 stars!

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