DIY Bookbinding: Make Your Own Butterfly Knot Journal

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to make a traditional journal with beautiful stitching - great for writing and sketching


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

4.8 (9)

3 hours Class size 1 to 10     label $140 - $180 ($140 for Class only, no box, $180 for Class and box)

How it works
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Book your preferred time
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Shipping is free, and it should arrive within 2 days of workshop starting. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

Discover some of the amazing things you can achieve in just a few hours at this online bookbinding class with Isabelle McGowan! In this hands-on class, you'll make a hard-back journal with your own fully designed and printed book cloth cover, sewn with a beautiful decorative stitch.

This fully led, step-by-step, fast-paced workshop shows you exactly how to make this amazing journal at home.

What you'll learn:

  • Block printing skills (proper rollers and ink!).
  • Print onto book cloth.
  • Make a hardback book cover with your book cloth.
  • Fold, sew onto tapes and bind it into a book with the Butterfly knot technique.

Whew! All done in 3 hours. Can we do it? Yes, we can!

The closing date for booking for those requiring materials delivery in the Sydney Metro areas is four days before class commences.

Tool and materials options
  • Option one: a full materials pack couriered out to you. The cut-off date for a craft kit is three days before the workshop commences.
  • Option two: select individual premium tools or standard tools for purchase as necessary.

Should you choose to gather your own tools and materials, please ensure that all tools and materials are on hand within easy reach during the workshop. You will be expected to have everything on the list or improvised at your own responsibility.

This workshop booking is for one person only. Additional participants must book in individually, regardless of household arrangement or age.

Refunds:
No refunds for Online workshops once commenced or when materials have been posted out. 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 McGowan © 2020 Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.


Add-ons available for this class
  • Board cutter ($10)
  • Scalpel and blades ($20)
  • Board Cutter ($12)
  • Awl ($12)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop. 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 your craft kit
Materials in your bookbinding box:
  • 25 pieces A4 paper (at least 110gsm) short-grain, folds down to A6
  • One sheet A4 Book board
  • Block printing ink 30g x one colour
  • Block printing mini rubber roller
  • Block printing Block
  • Needles
  • Linen thread
  • PVA
  • Book cloth A4
  • Book cloth A5
What you'll need
Tools you will need:
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
  • Cutting mat
  • Magazines for waste paper
  • Lino cutting tools
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

4.8 (9)

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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