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365 ways with T-bags

Get together, Saturday 11 July2020

9.30am – 12.30pm, Room 3 Hughes Community Centre, Hughes, ACT

Cost: Free







Members will demonstrate how they have been experimenting with t-bags and incorporating them in their books. 

T-bags are easy to obtain, an option for adding colour to the page and no bulging text blocks thanks to the fine nature of the material in the t-bag.
What to bring
Your bookbinding kit
T-bags can be new or used
Stamp pad
Brush or sponge to apply colour to t-bag
Paper 160 gsm or greater
Glue stick
Scrap paper
Fine pen
Camera/phone and notebook
Rubbish bag (new arrangement – hirers are to take rubbish with them, similar to visiting a national park)

Share and Learn – display table

Please bring along your projects for the display table. Let’s hear about what you have been up to since our last get together.

Need assistance with your bookbinding project, there will be help on hand.

Come along, be with other binders and share and learn together.

Lacunose – how to

Lacunose with strips and a collage

‘Lacunose’ technique developed by Paul C. Delrue.

To encourage people to learn how to do this technique Paul wrote instructions. Paste this link into your browser and download the pdf.

What leather to use ? Try anything or experiment with your own colour scheme by dyeing vegetable tanned kangaroo skin in natural. Easy to pare.

Sketch book, no stitching

Saturday 14 March 2020

9.30am – 12.30pm, Room 3 Hughes Community Centre, Hughes, ACT

Teresa and Wendy will demonstrate how to make this sketch book.

It is a robust A5 hardcover book made with very little equipment. It opens out flat, pages can be removed and replaced. No sewing and very little adhesive. It has been tested by young children, artists, and others over the past few months and seems to stand up well.

Materials will be provided so all of us can make this book after the demonstration to take home.

What to bring

  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Metal ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil

See you all at our first drop-in for 2020.

$5 each to go to room hire. 

Secret Belgian Binding with tutor Guy Begbie


Guy Begbie will be in Canberra tutoring this two-day workshop in April. This workshop is designed for participants with or without bookbinding experience.

Date: Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 April 2020, 9.30am to 4.30pm both days at

Venue: Bookarts Bindery, Canberra

Fee:  $240 Deposit of $100 required to secure a place.

All materials will be provided for the workshop.

What to bring:  TBA

Please email: to secure a place.

Participants will have the opportunity to make a hardback book that has an elegant and distinctive thread pattern of sewing.

This is used to lace the front and back covers to the cover spine piece. The cover is made up of three separate components. The sewing is visible on the outside of the book. Measures are taken in the binding construction, to hide the interior thread on the inside of the covers.

The book block/pages are made up of signature folios that are attached in the sewing process to the inside spine of the cover. Learn variation in page structuring in each of the page sections with some gate folds and throw out pages. This binding is robust and durable and allows the book to lie flat when open.

Guy Begbie is a UK based interdisciplinary artist printmaker, bookbinder, independent bookbinding & book arts workshop provider and an associate art and design lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Guy exhibited his work in ‘Code X: Contemporary Fine Binding’ at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, 9th February-27th March 2017.

Place in Canberra

PLACE exhibition in Canberra and then travelling to NERAM, Armidale

Members with work in the exhibition: Caren Florance, Monica Oppen, Beverley Quenault, Terence Uren, Marama Warren and Vicki Woolley
View work on-line

Hinged Parchment Binding with tutor Barbara Schmelzer

The Hinged Parchment Binding is a full parchment binding using a combination of the classic German Parchment Binding and Edgard’s Polycarbonate Binding.

You will be dying and decorating your parchment, learn to sew the bookblock onto parchment tapes, round and line the spine and create hinges on the bookblock. The boards are prepared, covered and decorated separately from the bookblock. You will learn how to sand boards for bibliophile bindings, cover them with parchment, make the hinges on the boards, infill them and prepare and attach doublures.

Cost:         $650 (Material fee depending on usage of parchment, paper etc.)

Date:        April 18-22, 2020 (5 days/Saturday to Wednesday), 9.00am – 5.00 pm

Venue:     Unit 4/49-51 Mitchell Road, Brookvale, NSW 2100

A $150 deposit is due on enrolment with the remainder to be paid one month before course commencement.

Please enrol directly with: Barbara Schmelzer

phone:               02 9905 3117 or 0450 422 098



Facebook:        Barbara Schmelzer

Section Sewing Saturday

All familiar with www. but for binders this Saturday it is sss. Section Sewing Saturday 14 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Rm 3, Hughes Community Centre.

The morning will start at 9.30. Many binding styles involve stitching, so your committee has designed a morning of hands-on activities around the topic of ‘Section Sewing’. Many questions arise when sewing sections and let’s see if they can all be answered. Experienced CCBG members have volunteered to share their knowledge by teaching this Saturday.

If you want to practice section sewing please bring along a text block. Suggest a text block of 7 sections. Alternative to a text block is to bring along paper and your bone folder to put together a text block to stitch. Come along only $5 which goes to cost of hiring room.

Last Drop-in Saturday for 2019

  • 9 November 2019