Learn Mononoke Bookbinding at Home

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to make a decorative spine binding for handmade books



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $140 - $170 (or 4 payments of $35 - $42.50 Afterpay)
($140 for Class only, no box, $170 for Class and box)

How it works
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Request 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 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 interactive class.

Looking for fun bookbinding activities to try at home? This online workshop will focus on gorgeous spine work with multiple sections of sewing, a complex and very beautiful stitch that is sewn onto tapes and the book block.

During our online class, you'll learn how to make a book covered with luxurious shimmery book cloth and decorative papers all the way from the Netherlands, sewn with ivory paper inserts.

Class outline:

  • Keep your design traditional or interpret the technique with a more modern twist.
  • Learn a wealth of fun decorative possibilities to add to your binding repertoire.
  • Make this decorative sewing a part of your binding expression.

The closing date for booking for those requiring materials delivery in the Sydney Metro areas is Monday 20th September.

Tool and materials options:
  • Option one: A full materials pack couriered out to you (no tools, except for needles).
  • Option two: Select individual premium tools or standard tools for purchase as necessary.

Please note:
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.

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 © 2022 Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.

Add-ons available for this class
  • 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
  • 48 pieces A4 paper (at least 110gsm) short-grain, folds down to A6
  • 1 x A4 book board
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • PVA
  • 1 x Bookcloth A4
  • 1 x decorative paper A4
  • 1 x Buckhram A5 or cotton tape
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
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

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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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Matilda Hillam Apr 2022

77 ClassBento workshops attended • 45 reviews


Isabelle is an absolutely fantastic teacher. I would not hesitate to highly recommend any of her courses.

Katrina Macdonald Nov 2021


I really really enjoyed learning about bookbinding and sharing the experience with other makers. Isabelle is a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend this and look forward to learning more in future classes.
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