Bookbinding Class for Beginners

Learn bookbinding at this fun workshop in the Inner West



5 hours Class size 1 to 10

label $250 (or 4 payments of $62.50 Afterpay)

Are you keen to try out a new creative hobby? Join Isabelle for this bookbinding for beginners class and learn the basics of creating your own journals and diaries from scratch!

In this intensive class, you'll be guided by an industry professional, as you learn about and familiarise yourself with the materials and various bookbinding techniques such as sewing, cutting and assembling used in this craft practice.

Isabelle will teach you four different bookbinding techniques and you'll get to create your own Venetian journal, Japanese stab-binding book, a box and a pamphlet book.

If you're looking for fun things to do why not try out Isabelle's intensive bookbinding class and get in touch with your creative side. Not only will you get the chance to meet like-minded people, in a relaxed and fun environment, but you'll also leave feeling confident in your new skills with a whole new bunch of books to use too!

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle McGowan © 2020 Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.



Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop. No experience is necessary, but the workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected.
 
What you'll get
In one day you will learn how to make four vastly different projects:
  • A single sections pamphlet book, finished with hardcover and decorative paper.
  • A Japanese Stab Binding in a fancy stitch, covered in full book cloth, lined with decorative paper.
  • A Venetian Journal in full leather with decorative stitching and a leather tie.
  • A beautiful keepsake box covered in decorative paper to bring home all your beautiful creations.
What to bring
All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery, along with self-serve tea, coffee and biscuits. Further tools and kits can be purchased.

You will receive a FREE awl and bone folder to take away with you.
 

Isabelle McGowan adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

Covid Update for 18th August 2021 -
The Bindery is registered as a Covid Safe Business through nsw.gov.au. Currently we are only running classes online.
Location

Owl and Lion Bindery, Precinct 75 - 75 Mary Street, St Peters NSW

Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

Florence-trained Bookbinder now based in Sydney with over 10 years teaching experience

4.9 (28)

Make Books!

Isabelle McGowan is a Florence-trained Bookbinder working through her Bindery, the Owl & Lion. She specialises in Historical Repair and Restoration of Books, Fine Bindings and Traditional Gold Finishing.

Isabelle completed her Fine Arts Degree (Drawing and Painting, Printmaking) at the Edinburgh College of Art, in Scotland. She went on to train as a Bookbinder in Florence, Italy.

The original Owl and Lion Bindery was situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland.

In late 2017, Isabelle and the Owl and Lion Bindery relocated to Sydney, Australia.
Visit the Owl and Lion Bindery - we are a vibrant bindery based in the heart of Sydney.
We run the largest programme of bookbinding classes in Australia. If you want to learn to make books that folds, flaps and flips, or traditional books from scratch, we are the place to be!

This year we have programmed a series of exciting online workshops, with all things relating to the craft of bookbinding. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your bookbinding journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is now based in Sydney, Australia.
WE ARE LOCATED AT:
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

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Alice Young Apr 2021


I couldn’t have loved this class more! Isabelle is an amazing teacher - knowledgeable and patient. I love her back story too - all contributing to the experience she shares - her time training in Italy and Scotland and building her business with national institutions in the UK. Can highly recommend this class.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Alice Young Sydney

Tegan Webb Mar 2020

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 16 reviews


Amazing two day course! Very fast paced and comprehensive, with not group and individual instruction. Awesome new studio location. Isabelle really knows her stuff! Highly recommend.

Bookbinding Class for Beginners review by Tegan Webb
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