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Coptic Stitch Binding

coptic studio marama

Last Saturday five of us gathered at Di Crisp’s beautiful garden studio on the south coast of NSW to make hard cover sketch books using a single needle Coptic binding technique.

We each started with an A4 sketch and drawing pad, folding the folios in half and tucking them together to make signatures. Then we cut the backing boards in two, and using cornflour paste mixed with PVA, we covered them with beautiful patterned papers to make the covers.

We pressed these between glossy (non-stick) catalogue papers under some heavy kitchen chopping boards and went inside for lunch.

When it came to sewing everything together, we discovered the importance of using a long, strong needle with an easy to thread eye. It saves a lot of time and effort! I need to check but I think a No.16 binders’ needle will do the trick.

At the end of the day we hadn’t all finished our books (and some of us had to unpick a few stitches and re-think our priorities) but we were happy with the results and what we had learnt and agreed that our next gathering will be to make lino cuts together.

Photos thanks to Di and Susan.

3 comments on “Coptic Stitch Binding

  1. Rhonda FitzPatrick
    November 28, 2018

    Wish I had been there. How lovely and indeed satisfying. Lucky girls. Rx

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Rose-Marie
    November 28, 2018

    What a lovely venue! And the finished bindings look stunning! Hopefully no one has gone home with sore fingers! Well done!!

  3. Kim Gregory
    November 30, 2018

    That looks like it was a lovely afternoon! xx

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