Meetings are at the Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street, Hughes

Evening meetings are held at 7:30pm – 9:30pm on the second Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Morning meetings are held 9:30am to 12:30pm on the second Saturday of March, May, July, September and November.

Meeting program for 2024:

 February 8, 2024 – Thursday

Activity –  Design thinking and bookbinding.

This short evening workshop is designed to help stimulate ideas, ways of making and thinking around this year’s bookbinding challenge: art & architecture. It will help generate ideas about both the theme and bookbinding. The workshop is designed for all levels of bookbinding skills. Come along and be challenged by using problem solving methods that spark creativity for the year ahead.

March 9, 2024 – Saturday

Activity – Tooling on leather with Foil

April 11, 2024 – Thursday

Activity – Postcard from Aotearoa – New Zealand

Hear about Vicki’s discoveries while walking in Aotearoa in March of 2024. Books, printing, wildlife and architecture.

May 11, 2024 – Saturday – All Day session – FULL

Activity – Embroidering on leather

While many of us are familiar with stitching when binding books, embroidering the covers may be new to you. This activity is for those who have very little experience in embroidery. We begin by stitching samples on bookcloth and progress to embroidering on leather during the day.

Embroidered covers have been done by Hannah BrownSue Doggett and Erin Fletcher. There are a number of other artists, such as Anna Yevtukh-Squire and Adele Outtridge, who teach exposed and decorative stitching on the spines of books.

Cyril Davenport’s Book of English Embroidered Bookbindings from Gutenberg is an interesting resource – which can be downloaded free in many formats.

June 13, 2024 – Thursday

Activity –  5 section, Non-adhesive binding with decorative spine 


July 13, 2024 – Saturday

Activity – 5 section, Non-adhesive binding with decorative spine continued


August 8, 2024 – Thursday 

AGM: Please make sure your membership is current and discuss the achievements of your Guild and what’s in store in the year ahead.

Activity – AGM followed by

  • TBA

September 14, 2024 – Saturday

Activity- TBA

October 10, 2024 – Thursday

Activity-  TBA

November 9, 20234- Saturday 

Activity- TBA


December 12, 2024- Thursday

Bind Challenge 2024 – Theme ‘Art and Architecture’

Bind Challenge, pop up exhibition and talks by binders.

Who will receive the gift for participating in the 2024 challenge ? Members share their stories about the design, materials, binding style and the making of their entry in the ‘pop up’ exhibition.


Check out our dedicated Workshops page.


GUILD 24 members exhibition, Mezzanine Level, Civic Library, Friday 6 September – Wednesday 6 October 2024