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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

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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Class and workshops for 2015, starting in August


A range of classes and workshops are offered for the latter part of this year. These cover single workshops on a Saturday morning to others that require 2 successive Saturdays. These include the Coptic Binding and the Soft Leather Wrap Journal.

A special reintroduction of a term long course that is designed to cover the basics of bookbinding progressing in complexity is also offered. This is a revised course based on a popular course taught previously but not for a few years. All 3 books here offer scope for interesting decorative effects and will make great gifts. In this Introduction to Bookbinding you will progress from the Oriental side stitched booklet to the section stitched hard cover journal and finishing with repairing and rebinding a single page novel. This course will be given on a Tuesday evening over 8 weeks.

A special course – Book Repair Work will be held over 4 week days – over 4 weeks – and will cover simple repair work for torn pages, broken spines and damaged books. This will assist anyone looking after library books or who wants to repair their precious books. This is an introduction to full repair and restoration work

If you have completed the Introduction to Bookbinding and/or the Book Repair Work then you can progress to the workshop that covers full Repair and Restoration of a hard cover book. This course will be offered both during weekdays this year and on a Tuesday evening early next year.

All classes are held in a fully equipped, air conditioned bindery. Price includes materials used and generally there is a choice or colours. Classes are kept to a maximum of 5 students to allow for plenty of individual attention. Classes are for 2.5 hour duration. Coffee shops are very near us, parking is available all around us and there is a bus stop very near. If you wish to purchase materials and tools to continue this work they are available. A basic kit will be recommended.

I am a fully qualified teacher with many years experience in teaching this unique craft.

Details of dates and costs will be added in a following post with perhaps a few more tempting images.

Please contact me if interested and I can give you the details directly

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New papers


Here are new papers that have interesting uses. The woodgrain and Suminagashi paper can tear to interesting frayed edges and used to decorate surfaces (over paper book covers and cardmaking). For endpapers they need to be laminated. We used it for ‘made’ endpapers and the ‘floating board’ binding just on the way with my advanced students (images to come later).

The Japanese Rice papers in my first test are strong enough to use in paper hinge repairs for small books plus lining small boxes. They will find other uses I am sure but have not experimented with them yet. I will be checking the strength of this paper as I would like to use it for hinge repairs on larger books but, so far, it is working well on smaller books. It can be laminated and used as an endpaper plus decorative pieces. It tears also to a nice fibrous edge.

Prices are – Woodgrain and Suminagashi are $11.00. There are 2 other Suminagashi in our range. Sheet size is 70cm x 50cm

Japanese Rice paper is the same price – $11.00. Size per sheet is 64cm x 97cm

As Sydney Bookbinding is now partnered with Amazing Paper I need to add GST to our prices. Please note that there will be price rises with a number of products when next stocked. Bonefolders and thread have gone up already and the next order will see them even a bit higher in price. I will endeavor to have a current price list ready to send out to any of you that request it. Over time the bookbinding supplies will be added to the Amazing Paper website but, as I am only feeling my way with this task, it will take some time. Must allow time for my precious binding work.

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