Making Books by Hand Workshop 2: Introduction to Bookbinding

Join us for a complete beginner class for bookbinding in Sydney.

Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan
4.9 (45)
Instagram followers1k

3.5 hours Class size 4 to 8     label $350

During this workshop, participants will learn how to create by hand two variations of an exposed spine binding: the Link Stitch and French Link Stitch.

As the name indicates, these bindings have exposed spines that show off the intricacies of the stitching work usually left hidden behind the case.

The third book focuses on a similar stitch design sewn onto a piece of ‘wrap around’ leather.

These books are ideal for presenting work, sketchbooks, gifts, or as the basis for artist books.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will leave with their own hand-bound book and the skills to make more at home using minimal equipment.

Introduction to Bookbinding 2 is the second in a four-part series of introductory bookbinding workshops.

Add-ons available for this class
  • Awl ($10)
  • Bone Folder ($12)
  • Scalpel and blades ($20)
  • Board Cutter ($15)
  • Complete tools pack ($60)
  • Small pot of PVA ($5)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
Suitable for complete beginners includes tea, coffee, and biscuits.

All materials and tools provided, you will go home with your own set of lino cutting tools and some rubber blocks to continue your new passion.

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.

Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully before booking as a refund is not permitted for a change of mind.

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What you'll get
  • All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery.
  • Provided free: bottled water, tea, coffee, and biscuits for you to help yourself throughout the day.
  • Lunch break is given in the course of the day, there are nearby eateries or you can order one of our famous toastie sandwiches.
What to bring
Please wear closed-toe shoes and you are welcome to bring an apron.
Suitable for

This class is great for a birthday or hens party.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


Owl and Lion Bindery - unit 193/392 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW

This venue is within walking distance from Central station or Exhibition Cen tre Lightrail

Making Books by Hand Workshop 2: Introduction to Bookbinding location
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

4.9 (45)
Instagram followers1k

Make Books with us!

With over 15 years of experience teaching bookbinding and associated arts, Isabelle offers a comprehensive range of courses and workshops aimed at both beginner and advanced students.

Long and short courses in bookbinding and related book arts are offered from the bindery in an inner-Western Sydney art enclave. We strive to give you the best possible experience, working through every stage of transforming paper, leather and other raw materials into a finished book. All book-binding courses are complete in themselves ­­- and guests complete the course with attractive volumes of their own creation, that make ideal gifts and mementos.

Here at the bindery, we are committed to helping you achieve your bookbinding goals, whether as a hobbyist or professional.

We ensure that our classes are accessible online and in-bindery. Which is why there are courses specially written and designed for each. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your book collecting journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is based in Sydney, Australia.
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

More about this class

This class is new, and this teacher has 45 reviews for their other experiences - which you can see here.

This class is also covered by ClassBento's money-back guarantee.

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