Three New Workshops

Introduction to Papermaking

Sunday 11th September 2022 Bundoora

A Map Box Full of Books

Saturday 17th September 2022

Box Hill Community Arts Centre

I am running these two workshops for Papermakers of Victoria.

Details and registration are available here:

Garden Notes – Create a Book

I am running this third workshop for the City of Whitehorse at Strathdon, a lovely venue in Forest Hill.    This workshop will give you the skills to make your own book to record the delights and changes in your garden. 

Your hand-crafted book will feature a hard cover, simple binding and pages suitable for note taking or drawing. You will learn how to create sewn in pockets for storing seeds, plant tags or other precious keepsakes.

Barb will provide you with print blocks to decorate your pages. Creating a handmade book is a unique and creative way to record your garden ideas or keep a nature journal. All materials are provided, for a cost of $10 to be paid to the tutor on the day. Suitable for all skill levels.  Where: Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct, 449-465 Springvale Road Forest Hill Victoria 3131
When: Saturday 15 October
Time: 10am to 3pm
Cost: $75 per day, plus $10 materials fee, payable to tutor on the day. Lunch (vegetarian pizza) is provided.
Bookings: Essential,
What to wear / bring: Materials are provided for a fee of $10 payable to Barb Adams on the day of the workshop. Please wear comfortable clothes to work in. This is a hand-on practical workshop.  

Boro Book

One day workshop

Have you stitched on paper? Sashiko stitching in the Japanese boro style can be used to make attractive designs on paper. Boro stitched fabric grew out of the need to repair old Indigo dyed cloth in early twentieth century rural Japan.

This workshop will introduce you to different ways of stitching Indigo dyed papers to create beautiful mini artworks for the pages for your book. You will be guided to use the marks on the paper as a suggested design for your page.

You will learn some basic sashiko stitches.

At the end of the day you will take home a beautiful little book to keep or give to someone special.

Date: Friday 13th May 2022

Time: 10am – 3pm

Cost: $80

Venue: Box Hill North

BYO lunch

All materials provided

Book now by sending Barb a message

A Little Coptic Bound Book

This workshop will teach you coptic binding or refresh your coptic binding skills. We will bind a small book with a book cloth cover. The decoration of your covers will involve the skills of debossing. or printing with a woodblock.

Date: Thursday 21st April 2022

Time: 10am – 2pm

Venue: Box Hill North

Cost: $80 All materials provided

Book now by sending Barb a message

Candle Shades

Little battery powered candles can be transformed by adding a beautiful hand made candle shade.

In this 3 hour workshop you will learn how to decorate your paper shade in various ways. Your decorated paper will be dipped in hot wax and joined to make an attractive shade.

All materials are provided including a candle to take with you.

Date: Tuesday 29th March 2022

Time: 10am – 1pm

Cost: $60

Venue: Box Hill North

All people attending must be vaccinated

Book now by sending Barb a message

Learn to Make Paper by hand

When: Tuesday 12th April 2022

10am – 2pm

Where: My studio in Box Hill North

Cost: $70

BYO Lunch

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.

Book now by sending Barb a message

Piano Hinge Binding

This workshop will teach you this delightful versatile binding with a concertina spine. 

The pages can be a tactile repository for your artwork, someone else’s artwork or text of any sort.

You will learn how to make a hard cover with a window and the skill of sewing sections into a concertina spine.

The skills taught will be suitable for beginners or advanced participants.

When: Tuesday 9th February  2021  10-4pm

Where: At my studio in Box Hill North

Cost: $70   plus materials fee $10

BYO Lunch

Close Tapes Binding Workshop

This time together will enable you to make a small book with a handmade paper cover. The pages can be handmade or commercial paper. The simple stitching will provide a sturdy binding which you can try again at your liesure.

When: 11th March  2021  10 – 1pm 

Where: At my studio in Box Hill North

Cost: $50   All materials provided

Book now my sending Barb a message

Indigo & Rust 2 Day Workshop

Indigo & Rust

The first workshop I am offering this year will be run for Papermakers of Victoria.

February 27/28 2021

It is a 2 day workshop at Bundoora . You will learn to dye with Indigo, rust your paper and bind it into a book. If you are interested, bookings are done through Papermakers of Victoria on their web site INDIGO & RUST

Exploring the Concertina Book


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.

Date: Sunday 23rd February

Time: 10am – 4pm

Where: Box Hill North

Cost: $70 plus

All materials provided.  Materials fee $7

BYO lunch tea & coffee provided


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.