Button Hole Book 2 Day Workshop

This November I am running this workshop for Papermakers of Victoria at their studio in Bundoora.

Click here to book   BUTTON HOLE BOOK 

Date & Time: 9 Nov 2019 & 10 Nov 2019 – 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Cost: $160.00 for members, $200.00 for non-members.

Tutor: Barb Adams

This two day workshop will provide a day of making your own print blocks and learning a Button Hole Binding. There will be an opportunity to work with a theme making and sharing your print blocks to enhance your book. You will make one or two books of different shapes and sizes.

Exploring the Concertina

This workshop will be held at the new YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub in Healesville

* SOON       Sunday August 18th 10 – 3

A concertina book is a versatile style. It can be a place to store your artwork, a place to write or collect photos. It may be a travel journal to record your next trip. This bookbinding day will provide a delightful day learning how to make a concertina book and a slip case. Come along and make a book for yourself or to give a friend.

If you are an artist you may wish to bring some of your prints, paintings or drawings to include in your book. The book will be approximately 16cm x 12cm

Skills: In this workshop you will learn to make a concertina book with a hard cover, how to make a slip case in which to keep your book. You will also make a series of models showing variations to a concertina binding.


Coptic Binding Workshop

Coptic binding is one of the earliest forms of stitching pages together. 

It dates back to the early Christians in Egypt. 

This binding creates an attractive chain stitch across the spine of your book

which enables the book to open flat.

This workshop will teach you an interesting hard cover style which I learnt from Sandy Webster.  It makes the attaching of the cover easier and allows for concentrating on the coptic binding.

It is suitable for those wishing to learn the binding or revise the stitch.

Date: Sunday 23rd June

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: Box Hill North

Cost: $70 plus

All materials provided.  Materials fee $7

BYO lunch tea & coffee provided


A Book for yourself and A Book to give away

A book is an intimate artefact

that serves as a tactile repository

for private or shared collections

of writing & images

This wrap around book with a strong cover is a useful place to take notes, collect samples, store images or use as a journal on trips. In this workshop you will make two books with art paper pages and a sturdy cover.  The binding is simple and there will be time to personalise your book and the book you are giving away. You can make them the same size or make one smaller than the other.

Date: Thursday 9th May

Time: 10 – 4

Where: Box Hill North

Cost: $70

All materials provided.  Materials fee $15

BYO lunch.  Tea and coffee provided.



During this 2 session workshop, the fascinating process of dyeing in the Indigo vat will be explored in detail.   On the first day you will learn how to wrap, clamp, roll, fold and dip your papers in a variety of ways using a wide variety of commercial and handmade papers. You will dye the fabric for the cover of your book, which you will make in the second session.


Thursday  14th February 2019

Time: All Day 10 – 4

Friday 15th February 2019

Time : Afternoon 1 – 4

Day two is an afternoon session, where you will assemble your beautifully dyed book pages and stitch them together with the indigo dyed thread.  This book will be a wonderful place to to display your attractive papers and record what you have learnt about Indigo.


Place: Box Hill North

Cost: $100 plus $15 materials fee.

All materials provided.

BYO lunch on Day 1

Tea and coffee provided.



Papermaking Workshop

                                        Beginner Papermaking

If you are wanting to learn the skills of papermaking

this workshop is for you early this year 2019 

Click on the underlined heading below to register on the

Papermakers of Victoria web site.


Date & Time: 10 Feb 2019 – 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Cost: $80.00 for members, $100.00 for non-members.

Venue: This workshop will be held at Stables Studio
Coopers Settlement, Bundoora Park, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora

Tutor: Barb Adams

PLEASE NOTE Fees for this workshop $80 members and $100 non members

This workshop will introduce you to the skill of hand papermaking with recycled pulp of different colours.
You will learn about the preparation and choice of materials for pulp, how to form a sheet of paper and the pressing and drying of your paper.
Pulp will be provided by the tutor.
This workshop would also be suitable for papermakers who can make paper and want to extend their skills.

This year & the next

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Ballarat Workshop

A Warm Winter Book Workshop

A book is an intimate artefact

that serves as a tactile repository

for private or shared collections

of writing & images.

                                             Tutor: Barb Adams

When : 10am – 4pm Sunday 26th August

Where: Enfield

Cost: $50

(concession $40)

BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Spend a cosy Sunday together learning the skill of book binding.

We will make a lovely ‘take anywhere’ journal with a wrap around cover and a simple notebook which you can teach others to make later. No experience necessary.

Suitable for adults only.

Email Barb to register and receive more details   barb@barbadams.com

Please share if you have Ballarat friends



A day of experimenting and creating with rust, indigo and wax resist on paper.

Anne Cunningham cold wax

Anne Cunningham – wax resist & wash








The beginning of any art project is gathering the inspirational materials. At this workshop you will spend the day guided by me as you transform many different paper surfaces. 
Dipping in indigo, exploring the rusting baths and working with cold wax as a resist, will provide you with a multitude of delightfully coloured papers. There may even be time to make some marks  on your papers with ‘natural’ brushes. These lovely papers will be suitable to use in your artwork and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to plan a follow up book binding workshop, if you want to bind some of your papers into a book at a later date.

Recipes included in the instructions provided.

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Time: 10 – 4

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $10 materials fee.

Most materials provided. Please bring some watercolour paper to dye. It doesn’t have to be expensive watercolour paper. The size and shape doesn’t matter.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

A reminder Pulp to Page Workshop starts next week

Three day workshop at Box Hill North

Make a book that is ALL YOURS right from the paper itself .
Paper post 05/2016

Spend three wonderful days during the month of July learning the skills of making paper, stitching two book structures and binding a very special book with the paper you made on day one.

 Book 1 Figure 8 over tapes

 Book 2 Coptic Binding

Dates: Tuesday 3rd July 10am – 3pm


Tuesday 17th July 10am – 3pm

Binding 2 Books

Tuesday 31st July 10am – 3pm

Bind your own paper into one of your book styles.

Cost: $220 for the 3 days teaching and materials

Venue: Box Hill North – details on registration.