Bookbinding for Beginners

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Course description

Learn Bookbinding for Beginners in Sydney.

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

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.

The Bookbinding for Beginners Course will run at the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders' professionally equipped Ralph Lewis Bindery at the NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle.

The Guild is a non-profit organisation with the following objectives:

• To promote and exhibit the art of the hand-bound book
• To maintain the traditional craft bookbinding skills
• To seek and exert a progressive influence on the design and technique of bookbinding.
• To further the cause of book arts in general

Ideal for

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

Please note, the workshop requires good hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and cutting with 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

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 hand made books enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings.
Traditional book structures are explored, using materials that will endure over time.

You will

  • learn skills fundamental to hand bookbinding and be able to repeat and practice all the skills learned.
  • 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

In this workshop you will complete at least six projects and learn four bookbinding techniques to take home

  • a Japanese Stab Binding in full bookcloth, lined with decorative paper
  • a Venetian Journal covered in full leather with decorative stitching and a leather tie
  • a beautiful keepsake box covered in decorative paper
  • several single section pamphlet books, finished with hard cover and decorative paper
  • All tools and materials are provided by NSW Guild
  • An additional cost of $20 will be charged for the materials on site. You may pay cash or via Eftpos.
  • You may bring an apron, and the Guild has its own custom made aprons for sale to members.

NSW Writers' Centre
Callan Park
Balmain Rd
Lilyfield NSW 2038

Parking directions:
Follow the sign for NSW Writing, NSW Writer’s Centre and you will find a large carpark in front of the building.
For more information on how to find the Centre, please visit NSW Bookbinders.

Other Information
  • Please wear closed in shoes
  • For ages 18+

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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

Course testimonials:

  • Jocelyn said: 5 Stars!

  • Colin said: It was a very enjoyable two days. I learnt a lot and the tutor was great. Also I am encouraged to do more courses through Bookbinding.

  • Frankie said: Great group of people and excellent tutor. I left with 4 beautiful books and a surprisingly accurate box of which I am very proud. I’m already down to the box, with my bookbinding tools in, and 1 book, as the others have already been snapped up by my friends who love them. Fortunately I made friends with others on the course and we are joining the Guild to make more books!

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