Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Workshops for 2013

Please  see the Pages links on this blog (http://nswbookbinders.blogspot.com.au/) to find out more about

  • Beginners' Courses
  • Case Binding on Tapes
  • Rebacking a Cloth bound Spine
  • Accordion and Pamphlet Bindings
and look out for more information about upcoming courses, such as Coptic binding.

Booking information is included on each page but the fine print is to be found on th
How to Book page.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The RAS Easter Arts and Craft Competition for 2013

Entries Online are now open

The Sydney Royal Easter Show offers an online facility for most Competitions. Where this facility is not available, Exhibitors can download an Application for Entry form. Entering online has several advantages for Exhibitors:

    •    Cheaper. Online entries do not incur the Offline Processing fee of $8 (incl. GST) per Exhibitor
    •    Quicker. Receive instant confirmation that your application has been received
    •    More efficient. Online entries reduce the processing time for the RAS.

Online entries for the Arts and Crafts Competitions at the 2013 Sydney Royal Easter Show are now open.

Please click here to enter online

If you want to print out a form use this link.
Arts and Crafts Open Application for Entry

See our advisory page on the RAS classes


All Exhibits must be hand delivered to the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, Hall 3, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March 2013 between 9am and 4pm. We will accept courier and postal deliveries between Monday 4 March and Friday 8 March 2013 during office hours. Further information on delivery of Exhibits can be found in the 2013 Schedule. To ensure that you have included everything that is required, please download the Arts & Crafts Exhibitor Checklist  for Delivery of Exhibits. 


All Exhibits can be collected from the Arts & Crafts Pavilion, Hall 3, on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April 2013 between 9am and 4pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Library bound Exhibition Travels On

The Exhibition has left Hornsby and its next appearances will be:

3rd September to Manly Library,
3rd October  to 31st October at Lane Cove  Library.

Tell your friends

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Library Bound Exhibition

You will be delighted to know that the first public showing was set up at Pennant Hills Library on 18th June by Anne Eagar and Jean Riley.  Graham Stone will be at the library on 21st June to demonstrate sewing of book sections. The exhibits have all been loaned by members or form some of the resources held by the Guild.

Shelf 1     Multicultural scrolls, Japanese concertina, Nag Hammadi tacket binding and islamic flap binding, coptic binding.

Shelf 2     Classical bindings ranging from carolingian, girdle binding and examples of skeleton bindings sewn onto cords/tapes and laced onto boards with/without bands, full and half leather bindings, repairs to bindings and re-back to  one design binding.

Shelf 3    Modern bindings. Star, piano, recycled, dos a dos, pamphlet binding, miniatures.

Shelf 4    Tools, silk, linen, leathers, takes, threads, metallic foil, pure gold foil, paste papersand so on.

If you know of a library in the Sydney area which has a suitable display case, please contact
Anne Eager, eagarl1@optusnet.com.au, with details, preferably name of the head Librarian, address, phone number and email address.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Marble slabs for leather paring

The Bindery now has 9 marble slabs  for leather paring and we are greatly indebted to Jacki Chan of ArchStone in Rozelle. See a range of fascinating stones in his shop. 


Weekend of LetterpressPrinting

The weekend was very enjoyable and stimulating.

See photographs and kind remarks from Hill End press people Bill Moseley and Genevieve Carroll:


Monday, April 23, 2012

Introductory Course in Leather Binding for Beginners to Intermediate Levels

After a series of negotiations we are able to offer an integrated  series of Workshops to help you gain more experience and explore the use of leather in binding. Too many people are wary of this but we are offering you the satisfaction of gaining these skills with the help of professional binders of many years experience.

Saturday 2nd  The Important First Step

Graham Stone will help you to Sew book sections on 4 cords, using a sewing frame, in the peace of the Bindery where the phone will not interrupt you as you develop a rhythm. Prepared book blocks are needed for the  binding workshops. The sections will be provided by the Guild.
Half Day   Afternoon   From 12.30- 4.00 pm   $30

Saturday 16th
Experience Book Decoration  Methods.
Some of the enjoyment of binding comes from the decoration of books and the Guild has both an edge gilding machine and a blocking machine. Edges can also be coloured and painted.  Graham Stone and Adrienne Allen will demonstrate these techniques to small groups during the day.
Full Day $65

Saturday 7th

Wayne Stock will teach a Workshop on Sharpening and Using Leather Paring Tools followed by a session of leather paring. This will be further experience for beginners or  a useful revision for other binders.
Full Day $65

Saturday   21st
David Newbold will teach  Making a Case Binding with a Leather Spine. The text block will be provided by the Guild already sewn.    The boards will be covered with book cloth or paper from the  bindery stocks and the spine will be covered with leather. This will give you experience with a  classic book binding style. There will also be demonstrations of a full leather case and an alternate extra letterpress.
Full Day $75 includes some materials

Saturday and Sunday 18/19th

 Garry Lavis will be the Tutor for a weekend course on Letterpress Binding a book block sewn on cords that will be prepared by you before the class, as it takes two days to teach the forwarding process.
Two Days $150 includes some materials. More details under the Pages heading of the blog.

Please seee How to book page for more information.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Letterpress Binding with Garry Lavis

Saturday/Sunday August 18/19, 2012

Tutor: Garry Lavis

Garry is an experienced binder and TAFE teacher.

Workshop Description

Letterpress Binding of a text block previously sewn on four recessed cords, laced into the cover boards, half bound in leather with raised bands  on the spine, sides covered with bookcloth.

Using  the following Tools

Bone folder, cutting and paring knives,  board shears, straight edge, hammer, awl, paring stone, pencil and notebook.

The Bindery has tools to lend to participants if required.


Cartridge paper or similar for end leaves, approx.120gsm, bookcloth, headbands, strawboard,(2400 um), paste, PVA. Leather will be provided.

Skills Practiced

Sewing sections, and lacing in cover boards on recessed cords, preparing and affixing of end papers, spine linings, attaching head bands and raised spine bands, rounding and backing the textblock, paring leather both by hand and machine and binding in leather with raised bands.

See the Link below for information on How to Book


Wednesday, April 18, 2012





Kindle your interest in the permanence and beauty of books hand bound and exhibited by members of the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders.  Traditional hand tooled bindings in leather and vellum in the English and European styles by Sydney professional binders will be shown; others will represent contemporary design bindings in which the binder expresses a response to the text of the book.  Members of the Study Groups will show a Chinese scroll, medieval Coptic and Islamic books.  Come and see artist and architectural books, which focus on artistic content, rather than text. Some of these books will also form an exhibition called Library Bound which will be circulated to interested Libraries, so that people can see how a book is made and watch a member demonstrate how a book is hand sewn. Bookbinding is deeply historical and tells the story of our shared heritage in all cultures and from all continents.
Viewing of this collection is free to all.

Where: NSW Writers Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle
Dates: May 4th to 30th 2012
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm,   Saturday 9am to 1pm
Transport by car: Enter at the traffic lights in Balmain Rd opposite Cecily Street, or, at lights on the corner of Perry and Wharf Roads, opposite Orange Grove School and follow the green signs to the Writers Centre.  
Bus: 440 and 445 stop on  Balmain Road near both entrances. 500 series buses stop on Victoria Road near Balmain Road.
Lilyfield Light Rail stops in Lilyfield Road

Please forward to interested friends.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Writers' Centre Exhibition May 2012

Preparations are moving along for the Exhibition. 
If you are unable to come to the opening, 5.30 to 7 Friday night 4th May, (still time to reply) and you want to put a book in the exhibition,  remember that the Bindery will be  closed on 25th April, but there will be someone there all day on Saturday 28th.  Printable entry forms for the Writers’ Centre and the Travelling Exhibition were attached to two recent emails and Exhibition Coordinator Monica Oppen has printed a small supply and left them at the Bindery.

The exhibition will be on view in the foyer of the Writers’ Centre until Wednesday 30th May, after which you may collect your books.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Store at the Bindery

Please check out the details of the Letterpress Printing Workshop on 5th and 6th May
on the Blog pages at http://nswbookbinders.blogspot.com.au/

Letterpress printed labels look very well on repaired books.

Don't forget to RSVP for the Exhibition Opening.  If you have been concealing some of your  own binding treasures please contact  exhibitions@nswbookbinders.org.au so that the world may see them.

We have bought new stocks of  binders board in A3 pieces, much easier to carry home. This board has been compressed and is acid free.  The sizes are 1.75, 2.75 and 3mm.  If there is sufficient demand we can get board cut to A2 size. The paper drawers are well supplied

We also have good supplies of linen thread, beeswax, mull, and bone folders. Some awls are on order as a trial.

Adrienne Allen

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


A one day Workshop with Jean Riley

Date: Saturday  29th September
10 am to 4 pm at the Bindery, Writers Centre, Callan Park Balmain Rd,   Rozelle
Course Fee:  $85 Includes all materials.
Places:  Minimum 5 Maximum 8

  • Skill Level:  for beginners upward,.
  •  You will learn how to back silk with paper for use in covering books.  
  • You will then be introduced to six different styles of oriental stitching for making books and will produce a set of small sample books in a protective case for future reference. 
  • Finally you will use your silk backed cloth and the sewing style of your choice to create your own oriental style book.  Full directions for the sewing styles will be given and these directions can be used in your final book

Please check this link on our blog for full payment information.

FIrst Workshops for 2012

We have three workshops arranged.

They are  suited  to all skill levels.

Some members have wanted to learn about using a printing press for years and now we offer a full introductory weekend with the people from Hill End press. 5/6 May

Jean Riley will teach an information  packed day class on japanese stab bindings and silk mounting. 28th July

Adrienne Allen will offer more insights into the messy and creative world of paste paper decoration. 28th April

Please see the information pages to book.