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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.
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COFA Artists’ Books student information

Ballet tunnel book open

Ballet tunnel book open

As we are starting to finalise our designs for this second book and there is another project to begin to prepare for I am anxious to assist you all to confidently complete to the best of your abilities these last 2 projects.

As I was absent due to illness a couple of weeks ago, and I am teaching in New Zealand next week, the following arrangements have been made to cover these times in the remaining sessions.

There is a full class this Wednesday – 24th April plus it is extended by half an hour. I am away for the 30th April so there is no class that week.  All lessons will be extended by half an hour for the remainder of our scheduled class dates.

If you have any problems please email me on rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com.

I use this blog to post information that should assist you with your Artists’ Book projects.

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Concertina structures for COFA students



There is great variety in the formation of books based on the concertina fold. They are capable of great intricacy and are very sculptural in visual impact.

They need to be stable when standing – open or closed – and be able to open and close easily.

The closures also can be made in many different ways but again must close to protect the inside area of this book.

I hope these images inspire you. These books were all created by COFA students who had not made this form of book previously.

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New Oriental papers for endpapers and decorative effects

Grey and olive patterned oriental paper

Just arrived are 4 new Oriental papers that I think are very suitable as endpapers and,or decorative areas of books.

The beautiful swirly patterned papers are Suminagashi dying onto strong oriental paper. The first is a gold and black design on red and the second is a more muted olive in tone -  gold and black on cream pattern. They need to be laminated onto another endpaper sheet as the backs are not very attractive.

The other two sheets are Chiyogami papers showing a very tiny repeated floral design in red on white and the second sheet, black on white. They are quite clean on the reverse side so perhaps no need to laminate these.

The code, sizes  and prices for these papers are -

SGBR – (Suminagashi red/gold) 50x75cm-  $9.00 each.

SGBC - (Suminagashi black/gold) 50x75cm $9.00 each

Chiyogami  – 49x64cm -

CHBKF – black floral on white – $12.00

CHRF – red floral on white – $12.00

Hope you like them.


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Coloured and patterned bookcloth

Calabria White Lace - Calabria White

These images are of the more decorative cloths. Firstly the Suedex Prestige. This is a delicious suede cloth that I have used on a book cover as well as lining boxes.

Then the Duo Bookcloth which has a two toned look with one colour thread one way and another one the other way in the weave. It has a very linen like surface.

Finally the Calabria. Here we see a raised lace like pattern in white or black. The black is more of a dark pewter colour than a very dark, inky black.

Note: we supply in 1/2 meter lengths for postage purposes. If you need in a full meter then I hope you can pick up. We may be able to courier to Sydney areas and Canberra (can always check) the longer length but postage is only in 1/2 meters. The width varies a bit and this is detailed in our price list – SOON TO BE AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL REQUEST.

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COFA First project. Basic pattern for Oriental side stitching

Low res Oriental side stiching first pattern
Pattern for stitching

Basic pattern for stitching


Here is the basic pattern for side stitching for your Oriental Side Stitched book.

The first image shown the stitching process which we demonstrate to you in class. The end unit at the tail are completed before the thread is taken to the next sewing point – eg from E to D. Then you progress going around the spine and up to the next sewing point – C. Continue until you reach the top or head for your book then complete that corner pattern.

Final step (second image) is to simply go down the spine, not around the spine, filling in the gaps until you reach E. We will demonstrate how you tie off easily and thread the ends through to the inside of your back cover.

Note we start at the back as this puts the bulk of the tie-off and thread ends at the back thus keeping the front looking smooth.


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