Bookbinding for Beginners


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Bookbinding for Beginners

<p><b><a href="/courses/art-classes-sydney/handcrafts-handicrafts-classes-courses-sydney">Learn</a> Bookbinding for Beginners in Sydney.</b></p><p>Learn how to make beautiful handmade books for either

Please note: Material cost of $20 are payable to the tutor on attendance.

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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 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 pamplet 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.
Other Information

Please wear closed in shoes.

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

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Course testimonials:

  • Jennifer said: Isabelle was incredibly knowledgable and a great teacher. The course was a great introduction to book binding and some of the techniques that can be used. I can't wait to do the next course to learn some more!

  • Thomas said: 5 Stars!

  • Vicki said: The course was very enjoyable. We did a lot in the two days and Isabelle was a mind of information and very helpful. The Bindery is a very unique location which just added to the experience. Vicki Kerr

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