Hand Bookbinding and Restoration

Prince Arthur

Samples of work

Specializing in traditional leather bindings, designed bindings, marbled paper, and the restoration of antiquarian books.

I learned the craft of bookbinding at The Book Restoration Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where I trained for 3 years with James Twomey.  I opened the Tea Cup Bindery in 2006. In 2008, I learned the art of marbling with Galen Berry, and now offer hand-marbled papers for use on books and for sale.

The mystery of edwin drood

Watch the Field Notes video featuring Cary marbling HERE

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018: Paper marbling workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden. Visit Lyndensculpturegarden.org for details.

Monday, May 20th, 2019: Lecture: "Books of Hours and the Hours of Catherine of Cleves." 2:15pm to 3:30pm at UWM's Hefter Center on Lake Drive in Milwaukee.

Bound in full Nigerian goatskin, with inlays of painted leather with blind and gold tooling. (Collection of John G. Delly)

Email Carolyn@teacupbindery.com to discuss your book project, or to request a speaking engagement or class.

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I designed this binding for a set of original etchings for Dickens' Drood, which were later mounted onto the pages. Full goatskin with goatskin inlays and gold tooling.

Set bound in calfskin with hand marbled endsheets and finished with gold tooling.

Cary Suneja, bookbinder and owner, Tea Cup Bindery

N53W15958 Creekwood Crossing, Menomonee Falls WI 53051

Carolyn@teacupbindery.com or 262-391-9612

Tea Cup Bindery

Family Bible

shakespeare's sonnets

my story

These 19th century Bibles are family heirlooms, and often in need of cleaning and repair.  The board on the left above has been cleaned and restored.