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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Soft Leather wrap journals


Using different toned leathers and designing contrasting closure pieces give a design challenge to the students. Having lots of beautiful marlbed papers to choose from give scope to make the internal area beautiful.

Having foil and tools to ‘play’ with certainly created very unique leather wrap journals.

It took two sessions only to complete these beautiful A6 books and the soft leather feels great.

Congratulations to the students who enjoyed the challenge of designing as well as making.

A really popular workshop made easy with a small enthusiastic group.

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Coptic books made by students


Having time between classes allowed the students to do some attractive designing on covers, spine and internal pages. The use of marbled papers also gave scope to make the books special.

We were all very pleased with the results and these students are all fired up to do more Coptic books.

This is definitely one of the most popular workshop I give but made successful by keen students who enjoy doing the design work as well as the making.

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Simple repairs and restoration


A special 4 x week course to cover basic repair work for broken books.

This is an introduction to repair work that can lead to more advanced restoration work. No leather work done at this stage. This course is suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to repair their books. Also suitable for basic library repair work.

We will cover paper cleaning and repairs, broken away endpapers, inside hinge repair and broken spines plus lots of other simple repairs to damaged pages and covers that happen to books that are frequently handled.

Repair material and necessary tools are supplied for this course. You may have a book or two for us to discuss procedures and perhaps repair.

Dates are Tuesdays 10.30am to 1.00pm beginning on 15th September and going over 4 successive Tuesdays.

As with all classes we keep the groups small and you come to an air-conditioned bindery with professional work benches and equipment.

All inquiries to my email – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com

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More on Soft Leather wrap journal – Dates have changed


The Soft Leather Wrap journal workshop is also over two consecutive Saturdays – 5th and 12th September.

We work from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Time at home allows you to consider some design ideas that will be suggested to you during our first class. We will deckle tear paper to form the text which is great for writing and/or drawings.

There are different colours in the leather you can choose from and lovely papers for the decorative endpapers. Ties can be made differently so is worth considering this element plus the over-lap at the front can be shaped making it more interesting.

Time permitting we may like to do some decorative foil tooling on the cover – simple shapes such as circles, dots, curved and straight lines. This is not hard and a lot of fun to try. A small class allows for this work to be attempted. We, of course, keep it simple for your first try at foil work.

There is plenty of parking where we are and coffee shops near by plus our popular pub – The Henson. Buses from the city or Newtown Station are very convenient and come frequently.

Any questions you have please direct them to me on – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com

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More on Coptic class


Coptic books are very versatile. A great style for Artists Books as it can have inclusions and the pages can be displayed by opening covers all the way around. Here we deckle cut the page edges and use coloured and fine papers to decorate the spine and covers. Different decorative effects will be discussed and demonstrated such as the use of book-cloth and foil tooling

To make such a book you do not need specific bookbinding equipment and can therefore make more Coptic books at home.

As a blank journal it is a great gift as well as very nice to have for your own note taking.

Our special workshop on two consecutive Saturdays –  the 15th and 22nd August – here we will take you through the steps and give you notes that will allow you to make many more Coptic books. The space between these Saturdays will allow some work at home perhaps on interior pages and planning the decoration of the covers.

No previous bookbinding experience is necessary but good hand/eye coordination is a help as knives are used.

Cost for this workshop is $110.00. All materials and tools will be provided. You will only need to purchase some basic tools if you want to make these books at home. Class numbers are kept to 5 only so there is plenty of personal attention.

You will enjoy our air-conditioned bindery and cafes are near by. Parking on a Saturday is readily available around here.

Email me for further details and booking is essential. rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com


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