Bookbinding - Introduction


The course is designed for those interested in the introductory aspects of bookbinding, book restoration and gold blocking. You will undertake practical exercises in bookbinding and finishing in a fully equipped bindery, guided by experienced staff. You will complete progressive projects of increasing difficulty, from stationery up to leather bound books and raised band styles. You will complete a minimum of three hand bound books. Tools and equipment in the bindery are available to use as needed for projects.

Course content

  • Grain direction
  • Sewing technique using tapes
  • Paper decoration
  • Edge decoration
  • End banding
  • Casing in
  • Endpaper attachments - two variations
  • Solander box to fit a book
  • Tilting

Ideal for

This course is designed for people interested in bookbinding, book repair, box making and gold blocking.

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Participants will be able to execute introductory bookbinding and finishing tasks and produce their own hand bound books.


None. An interest in hand made books.

Materials supplied

Some course materials are included.

Materials to bring

  • Sponge roller from art store medium size
  • Cheap pack brushes for gluing
  • Acrylic paints student quality paints variety of colours (no fluro's or metalics)
  • Decorative papers ( advised on first class)


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes


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