Bookbinding – Coptic Stitch

I began my class at the Smithsonian this week in Coptic Stitch Bookbinding. The class is taught by Kate Wagner of Moonlight Bindery. It is not as difficult as I expected, the stitch itself is quite easily memorized. I love how the books open flat, making it easy to write or draw inside. We did a practice book in class. Below are my second and third books. The red flower cover contains drawing paper. The orange book is bound with pages I sewed together using gelatin printing on Fabriano paper, pages from old knitting magazines, strips of patterned papers, vintage photos, other ephemera, and even plastic sleeves to hold more photos. I followed the videos on Mary Ann Moss’s “Remains of the Day” course for the stitched pages. This was so much fun, I see many more books ahead. Katie creates books using Lego base material as the covers. It seems as if there are endless possibilities for coptic bindings.