DIY Bookbinding for Beginners

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Discover your inner creative at this bookbinding online bookbinding class


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (3)

3 hours Class size 1 to 10

label $180 (or 4 payments of $45 Afterpay)

How it works
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Details   
Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the class. Details   

During the class, you can ask questions and get feedback.

Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

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

In this intensive online 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.

You'll then get the chance to unleash your creativity and design your own items from scratch. Isabelle will teach you three different bookbinding techniques and you'll get to create your own Venetian journal, Japanese stab-binding book, and a pamphlet book.

If you're looking for fun things to do during lockdown 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!

The closing date for booking is three days before the commencement of your class.

Please note:
Though this is a technical workshop, anyone with enthusiasm for making books and sewing is welcome to join in. 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.

Refunds:
No refunds for Online workshops once commenced. A Zoom link will be sent out to you a few days before. We'll start gathering students 10 minutes before the workshop. Lateness will not be accommodated.

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle Ting McGowan © 2018 Isabelle Ting McGowan. All rights reserved.



Knowledge required
This class is beginner-friendly, perfect for anyone looking to get into bookbinding. No prior experience necessary!
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
Materials in your DIY bookbinding craft kit:
8 x A4 Paper
16 x A5 Paper
16 x 1/3 A4 paper
2 x hardboard
2 x soft board
2 x marbled paper A5
2 x Cloth A5
2 x cloth strip
1 bone folder
1 awl
2 x needles
5M linen thread
PVA
Leather 1/2 long way A4
 
What you'll need
Tools you will need to provide yourself:
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
  • Cutting mat
  • Magazines for waste paper
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

5.0 (3)

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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date_range Sun 17 Oct, 9:30am

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LIVE STREAMING

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DIY Rainbow Venetian Journal

date_range Runs regularly

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DIY 'Wunderbuch' Tunnel Book

date_range Sat 9 Oct, 9:30am

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Bind a Unique Artist or Writers Journal

date_range Sat 2 Oct, 9:30am

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Make Beautiful Handmade Books Without Glue

date_range Mon 27 Sep, 7pm

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DIY Journal Making: Alice in Wonderland

date_range Fri 24 Sep, 6:30pm

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DIY Chunky Book with Leather Spine

date_range Sat 9 Oct, 9:30am

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DIY Slotted Stitch Sketchbook

date_range Mon 4 Oct, 7pm

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Learn Mononoke Bookbinding at Home

date_range Sun 3 Oct, 9:30am

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Learn Secret Belgium Binding

date_range Mon 11 Oct, 7pm

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Learn Long and Kettle Stitch Binding

date_range Mon 27 Sep, 7pm

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Make Your Own Traditional Art Portfolio

date_range Sun 24 Oct, 9:30am

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Make Three Nesting Boxes at Home

date_range Mon 1 Nov, 7pm

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date_range Sat 6 Nov, 9:30am

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DIY Mini Journal with Slotted Cover

date_range Mon 25 Oct, 7pm

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Make Concertina Books That Fold, Flap and Flip

date_range Sat 16 Oct, 6pm

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DIY Miniature Leather Journals

date_range Tue 19 Oct, 7pm

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Learn French Kettle Stitch Binding

date_range Mon 18 Oct, 7pm

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DIY Sketchbook Making at Home

date_range Sat 23 Oct, 9:30am

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DIY Bookbinding: Paperback to Hardback

date_range Contact for details

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label $50 - $65

Learn Caterpillar Bookbinding

date_range Contact for details

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label $100 - $140

DIY Japanese Stab Binding at Home

date_range Contact for details

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label $60 - $80

Make a Mini Booklet at Home

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