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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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Leather wrap journals

There still are places in these two special workshops.

1/ Leather wrap journal - Dates Saturday and Sunday  21st and 22nd May – 10.30am to 1.30pm each day. Cost $130.00.

This journal is easy to make but offers a lot of creative potential in the designing of a closure from leather of a different colour. We will also have fun playing with hand tools adding simple lines, dots etc to add decorative elements to the covers.

2/  A section stitched hard cover case binding. Dates Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th May – 10.30am tp 3.30pm each day. Cost – $220.00

Yes there are great cafe near us for a break during the day.

Although a tradition book structure and procedure we make it more creative in the use of beautiful paper, deckle edged sections and a choice of colours for the paper and bookcloth

This example shows a rich red bookcloth and a beautiful Japanese Chiyogami paper used to make the endpapers and the decorative panel across the front.

Contact me directly – sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com   in order to make a booking. Any enquiries I welcome.

Classes are small, all  materials are supplied plus tools to use. Payment to be made to secure your place. Come and have some fun in our air conditioned bindery.

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Special workshops next 3 months


The following workshops are now open for bookings.

Coptic book – A6 size with lots of decorative elements both on the spine area and the covers with papers and cloth. Decorations will perhaps continue into the text area of the book. This booklet is great just as a journal but very suitable as an Artists Book.

Dates – Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd April – 10.30am to 1.30pm. Cost – $130.00All materials supplied and most tools.

Soft leather journal – This booklet is  also fun and easy to make but offers a lot of design opportunity. Different ways of creating an effective closure will be explored plus time for a little foil decoration to complete this unique booklet.

 Dates – Saturday and Sunday 21st & 22nd May – 10.30am to 1.30pm. Cost – $130.00. All materials supplied and most tools.

Section stitched case binding – We will deckle cut the pages for this A5 journal. Beautiful papers will be available for the endpapers and to decorate the cover. Different colours of bookcloth will also be there for you to choose from.

Dates – Saturday and Sunday 28th & 29th May – 10.30am to 3.30pm. Cost – $220.00. All materials supplied and most tools.

Oriental side stitched booklet – A simple and effective way to bind single pages. Here, in one session, we will make an A5 bookled with card covers. Attractive endpapers will be there for you to choose from and some simple decorative ideas explored.

Dates – Saturday 7th May – 10.30am to 1.30pm. Cost – $65.00. All materials supplied and most tools.

All classes are kept small to allow for lots of personal attention. Explanatory notes are supplied and we supply you with all the necessary material and specialist tools.

Special offer – book for 1 x workshop and receive a 10% discount. Book for 2 x workshops and receive a 20% discount.

Discounts are available for bookings made no later than 23rd March.

To book email to – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com  You will be sent an invoice plus further details of what to bring etc. All enquiries are welcome. Cancellations and refunds are only possible up to 2 weeks prior to workshop.

These classes are suitable for beginners but good dexterity is required as we handle knives and awls.

Rosemarie is a qualified teacher with many years experience teaching bookbinding at many levels including COFA. They are fun and easy to follow with lots of demonstrations along the way. The bindery is air conditioned for our comfort and there are cafes very near to be refreshed and relax in.


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We hope you are planning to visit to our bindery on the 5th and 6th March.

To tempt you we have a journal and a bracelet to give away.

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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

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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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