In this workshop, you will be delighted by what you can achieve and learn in one day. The focus will be on core skills and knowledge of materials that are fundamental to Bookbinding: how to fold sheets, finding and using the grain of the paper, cutting card, gluing and sewing methods while making two beautiful books.

Over the day you will create:

A 5-hole sewn concertina book

In this project you will be introduced to some basic tools used in book binding and how to use them while making this adaptable book structure. The concertina or accordion book is a folded form; the book block is made with a sheet of Hahnemuhle deckled edged paper and then it is sewn into a soft cover.

The finished books pages can be used as a regular book or the pages can be opened out as a single panel to display your artwork.

A Japanese Stab Binding with a hardcover and an integrated flexible hinge, with a decorative paper cover

In a stab binding the body of the book is a stack of single sheets rather than a folded signature. Therefore, stab bindings allow you to make books that are not possible with other bindings. In a stab-bound book, you could use a mix of different paper weights, textures, and colours. This is a great method of binding together single pages of your artwork, calligraphy, photography, writing or making beautiful sketchbooks and notebooks. The Japanese style of stab books is characterized by a decorative stitch pattern on the book spine and on the cover. The aim of this course is to familiarise you with the necessary knowledge, techniques, and hands on experience so you can start to make your own books. Simple bookbinding requires no heavy equipment.

Reserve  list as all places on this workshop have been filled.

Please register  interest at

Date Saturday 10 July, 2021, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue Hughes Community Centre

Fee Members $60  Non-members $100

All materials to construct the books will be provided and there will be a selection of decorative papers to choose from, to finish your books in style.

A list of what to bring will be sent after you have registered for the course.