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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

Laminated board books with stitching to decorate


I was very pleased to be asked to give a workshop to the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild.  This was a weekend workshop to explore the use of weaving, stitching and beading to decorate a book. Here we chose the Laminated Boards structure so that we could do the spine and cover sections separately then attach to the book.

There were several who were very new to bookbinding and a gentleman who did not have the needlework skills to bead his work. However he introduced cord and knots which had a nautical feeling and resulted in a very handsome book. Thus we saw different answers to this project and some beautiful books as a result. I cannot see a difference in standard from the more experienced to the new bookbinders although we made sure the more experienced people were there to assist the less so and, with a great spirit of cooperation, we completed our books.

I went away very tired but thrilled with the quality of the work produced.

You may see a problem if these books need to be placed into a bookcase – no problem – slip cases need to be made with enough room for padded lining. We also discussed how to press the books, gently, using a padding of some sort over the cover areas – especially if beaded.

Hope you enjoy these books. There is a lot more we could experiment with but a beginning of, hopefully. a new approach to decorating book covers which combines skills in other crafts with bookbinding designing. The structure we used is very sound and we all appreciated the advantage of making the covers and spine units separately. We  applied these separate units after the text block was sewn and prepared.

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Bookcloth images now on website


As Sydney Bookbinding is again part of Amazing Paper we are in the process of getting the bookbinding images into the Amazing Paper website – www.amazingpaper.com.au  There are still more covering material images and details to put up as well and papers (text and endpapers), repair tissues, tools, thread, acid free PVA and acid free bookbinding board. Currently we have the colours and prices of the cloths shown above.

Look for Bookbinding Supplies on the left lower down. When you click on it up come the submenus of the covering materials.

Here we give the details for 1/2 metre lengths but full metre lengths can be ordered. However, for mailing out we need to send in half metre lengths. Again enquire and order full metre lengths via the Amazing Paper e: orders@amazingpaper.com.au. Prices and postage will be discussed with you then. Of course you can pick up from the shop/bindery here in Marrickville and save postal charges.

It will take quite some time to complete this work so, always feel free to contact me directly on e; rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com  for all your enquiries.

I will use my blog for more information on work done, interesting books, class books, tuition images and details. So, hope you keep watching.

As Amazing Paper I prepare a news letter each month. If your email is not listed to receive this newsletter please go to the Amazing Paper website and subscribe.  I include bookbinding information and specials in this newsletter from time to time.

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Open hinge binding


Over the last months I have been experimenting with this ‘open hinge’ binding structure. Inspired by an example by Rita Lass in The New Bookbinder Vol. 34. A couple of my students have successfully completed books and I finished one as a gift for a special friend.

Those of you over 50 or 60 years will perhaps know the poem ‘ “When I am an old woman I will wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me….” so, for this friend it is a deliberate colour combination.

This is a fairly complicated binding style, not hard but more steps to be taken carefully. We loved the look and the easy opening. It is sewn on cords that allow the cover to hinge freely. The decorative endpaper is ‘made’, taken around another plain endpaper (like a sandwich), tucked under the cover and finished attached around the hollow back spine.

I include a brown book that is the first done by a student. The rest of the images are my recent special book.

In my book I covered the boards with more of the decorative paper and cut the final covering leather into large letters of my friends name. This is an easy and very decorative way to design covers. Can be done equally well with bookcloth.

Let me know what you think. I welcome any questions of course.


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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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