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Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

15 Jun 2024 2.30-5pm

The Bluecoat
Liverpool L1 3BX


Sat 15 Jun, 2:30pm - 5pm
Experience Level: Beginners & people needing a refresher into the process

Duration: The course runs for one day (2:30pm – 5:00pm)

Learn how to create a handmade book from scratch and bind it using Coptic stitching.

Coptic stitch bookbinding (also called Coptic bookbinding) is a way of binding pages of a book together without the use of glue or staples. Like other types of hand binding, its origins are ancient. A Coptic stitch is a type of stitch used in hand bookbinding to attach the pages and covers together. It’s similar to a chain stitch used in embroidery, in that a chain of knots is formed. The stitch forms the outer spine of the book and many beautiful book designs can be made from Coptic stitching.

In this short and informative workshop, you'll learn all about Coptic stitch bookbinding. You'll be taught about bookbinding materials, terminology, and how to assemble the various parts of your book - including paper folding, signatures, hardcovers and bindings. You'll end the session with at least one handmade, hand bound book to take home with you.

What’s Included?

All materials you will use are included in the cost of the course, but you are welcome to bring along your own if you choose. Our studios are environmentally friendly where possible and use greener methods of screen printing, such as water-based acrylic inks. Completing this course will act as an Induction to book into our Screen Printing Studio should you wish to.

Do I need to prepare anything beforehand?

Feel free to bring paper, drawings, printed photos or anything you’d like to include as pages in your books.

Tickets: £30

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