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Welcome to my Bookbinding Blog

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

Invitation to our bindery

Patterned A6 journal 2

For the first time we are part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail. This is a marvelous council initiative that produces a map, lists the creative venues that are happy to open their studios/galleries etc to you the public. We all are open from 11.00am until 5.00pm both days – 5th and 6th March

For full details go to the Marrickville Council Home website and click on the ‘Out and About’ category. MOST is listed as such. (http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/). We are No. 36 and there are a lot of other studios around us. To make it easy we have coffee shops all around us for a necessary refreshing break. If required you should find parking in Chapel Street where we are.

This is a professional bindery where hand bookbinding is done. You will see some interesting wooden clamps and presses. We will have examples of repair work and custom bindings we offer plus some of my Design Bindings that are exhibition pieces.

But mostly we would love you to meet us – Rosemarie the bookbinder and Marika the jeweller. Yes we will see us working on the days you visit us.

There is a visitors book which I hope you register in as we have a ‘give away’ for a lucky winner. Names will be in a hat and drawn after the weekend, email addresses are all we need to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Any enquiries please email me – sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com

Posted in MOST open studio weekend 2016 |
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I am now painting again

Sunset reflected on Cliff
Sunset reflacted on cliff

Sun reflected on cliffs






Life Giving Forces

Life Giving Force.

I have gone back to painting. I painted quite seriously for the first part of my life then discovered bookbinding.

cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

This meant I had to study bookbinding to become proficient in this demanding and fascinating activity. This took several years and then I was busy honing my skills and enjoying teaching it.

However, there was always the lurking desire to get back to painting some time. I have a lovely painter neighbour and with her prodding I have set up my studio and try to get a session of painting done each day. Life is good when I can paint in the mornings and bookbind in the afternoons.

I share with you some of my watercolours – the medium I have enjoyed working in for a long time. My inspiration is generally  nature – with some geometric shapes creeping in. I do not control the images too much, let them develop as I respond spontaneously – if the geometric shapes appear so be it – what they mean I am not sure. Perhaps my desire to link man with nature.

Hope you enjoy this new blog inclusion.

Posted in My Paintings |
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Make a notebook in one session

Oriental side stitched notebooks
Attractive side stitched notebooks

Unique and attractive side stitched notebooks

The Waverly Council has arranged with me to have a special,  one day workshop of 3 hours to make an attractive notebook.

We will use beautiful papers and colourful card to create this unique item ready for you to use. All tools and materials to use will be supplied.

Instructions are given which will allow attendees to make further books. Only some simple bookbinding tools are necessary so easy to make at home.

The date for this workshop is – 25th November.  Time 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. Where – Bondi Pavilion

Cost – $25.00 plus materials – $10.00 – $15.00

Bookings essential at – www.eventbrite.com.au   Enter area as Bondi Beach, then click Event type and then Classes. You will then see the full information listed (second item)

If you have any questions please contact me on – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com


Posted in Bookbinding Classes |
Sydney Bookbinding

2017 Move and more

Oriental stitched notebook

This year has seen both the bindery and Amazing Paper move to our home in St Peters. This was made necessary as we were given notice at the Marrickville address and my recent health issues needed Kevin to be home with me.

It is all working out quite well and, as I adjust to my treatment, I am feeling much better and getting some work done.

If you are tempted I am giving a special workshop for Waverly Council next Saturday – 11.30 to 2.30 pm. Here are the details for you to book if interested -

It links to this eventbrite listing for ticket sales.


Oriental stitched notebook

Beautiful papers and simple stitching makes a lovely notebook

The book you will make is fully done ready to use of give as a special gift. This book  is one I make myself as it is easy, can be decorated in many interesting ways and always well received.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding

Street Poet’s book for sale

Neil's handbound book
Neil's handbound book

Leather handbound street poet's book for sale

I have had the honour of hand binding a series of books of poetry for our local street poet.

He has a mental condition and is working with great courage to control it and give real meaning to his life. He does  not want sympathy or to be a burden to anyone. I greatly admire him as a person.

Not only have I bound these books to his specifications but he is too senisitive or  embarassed to offer them for sale – althoough he desperately needs money to continue. So we encourage you to consider purchasing one – price $130.00

Neil's poems against beautiful photographs

Neil's poems on beautiful backgrounds.

If interrested contact me directly on –  sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com     before he just gives them away in his generosity to people he knows.

A huge story behind their writing, production and him walking all over Sydney to offer his poems.

Of coourse I welcome your comments and  enquiries.

Neil at his desk writing his very positive and sincere poems

Neil at his desk writing his poetry. Our corrageous street poet.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
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Repair and restoration is an important part of the work done here at Sydney Bookbinding. It gives me pleasure to test my skills and bring broken books back to serviceable life again.

Here is a Beethoven music book that was completely broken apart. On inspection the sections had been secured with staples that had gone rusty. All of these had to be removed, the spine cleaned of old glue and securely sewn on strong bookbinders tape.

The old covers and spine title area plus the original endpapers were reused so that the repair work was sympathetic to the original look.

It all went well and my patient clients were pleased with the result. This book had important sentimental value to them and the wife does play the piano. I hope she had a lot of joy with this book.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding