ONSITE Creative Bookbinding: Coptic Stitch Book
This one-day, onsite workshop is designed for a range of abilities including beginners but includes cutting, sewing and gluing so some manual dexterity is needed.
Coptic stitch is a beautiful style of binding with an exposed stitch spine that looks like chain stitch. These books have an open spine which means the pages open completely flat. Coptic style books are ideal as gifts or to keep for yourself as a diary or notebook.During this workshop we will make an A5 portrait notebook from scratch. First we will prepare the covers, cutting these from greyboard, covering with your choice of decorative paper, and then leaving them to dry under weight.
Next we will trim cartridge paper into the right size for the book and nest the trimmed sheets into ‘signatures’. Then we will make the holes for sewing and will finally sew all the pages and cover together using Coptic stitch. There will be suggestions for how to take this binding style further in your own projects after the workshop.