Bookbinding for Beginners


$250 Limited inc GST / $125 / $200 / $225
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
Learning outcomes

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

  • a Japanese Stab Binding in full bookcloth
  • a Venetian Journal covered in full leather with decorative stitching and a leather tie
  • a beautiful keepsake box covered in decorative paper
  • a multi section, case bound book covered in full cloth and decorative paper
  • All tools and materials are provided as part of the course fee.
  • A small beginners kit, including a bone folder, sewing thread, spine lining material, bookboard and headbands is provided to you to take home.
  • You may bring an apron, and the Guild has its own custom made aprons for sale to members.
Other Information

Please wear closed in shoes.

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.

Course testimonials:

  • Royce Said: (I do not give permission for you to use my name for marketing purposes) I was so happy when I found the course details on-line (since I live outside Sydney that is my only way to research courses): there were details there and being able to shunt the course attendance forwards when my work calendar changed was important. The instructor (Isabelle) was wonderful (well-informed, personable, competent, friendly, flexible and above all inspiring in terms of the course content and suggesting ways forward). Very pleasant atmosphere in the class which made the two days very productive, amicable and hardworking. Definitely one of the very best practical courses I have attended (and I'm a lecturer in a private university currently so I have experience with course design and delivery). More web-presence, with more details of future courses, ideas for course progression would I think help.

  • Pam Said: Course content was well-organised and ideal for the beginner to get an idea of what is possible. Plenty of demonstrations from the tutor Isabelle and she was very responsive to queries. Every student came away with good, hand-made items. Very friendly atmosphere, encouraged by the tutor. Venue was fantastic, and course included six months access to the facilities for continued use if desired. I would have appreciated some basic notes on the steps involved in each process for future reference. Otherwise I couldn't fault the course- had a great weekend and will definitely be looking at continuing bookbinding in the future.

  • Chad Said: Fantastic course. I've signed up for the following courses!