Coptic Dream BookBinding Class—Aug 24 2024, 10 am to 2 pm


Embark on a journey into the world of ancient bookbinding with our specialized Historical Coptic Binding class. This hands-on course immerses you in one of the oldest binding methods, the Coptic Stitch, dating back to the 2nd century AD. Under the guidance of our expert instructor, you’ll learn how to prepare signatures, punch holes, and…



Historic Coptic Binding with a Modern Twist: Creating Pillowcase Covered Books

Immerse yourself in the ancient craft of bookbinding with a contemporary flair in our specialized class centered on the Historical Coptic Binding method. This immersive course invites you to journey back to the 2nd century AD, where you’ll explore one of the oldest binding methods known to humanity—the Coptic Stitch. This modern variation incorporates the elegance of Liberty of London fabrics for the covers, adding a unique and stylish touch to your handmade book.

Throughout this hands-on experience, you’ll delve into creating a Coptic bound book with a simple pillowcase cover. You’ll learn how to prepare signatures, punch holes, and, most importantly, execute the unique chain stitch pattern characteristic of Coptic Binding. This method, revered for its distinctive beauty and remarkable strength, allows books to lay flat when opened, making it an excellent choice for journals, sketchbooks, and photo albums.

Your knowledgeable instructor will guide you through each process step, sharing fascinating historical context about this ancient craft’s roots in the Christian communities of Egypt, from where the method derives its name. You will learn the following:

  • The history and cultural significance of Coptic Binding: Discover the rich heritage of this ancient technique and its importance in early bookbinding.
  • The intricacies of preparing your materials and tools: Learn about the essential tools and high-quality materials, including the luxurious Liberty of London fabrics.
  • How to fold and prepare sections of pages, known as signatures: Master the art of creating perfect signatures for your book.
  • Mastering the art of the Coptic Stitch and creating a beautifully bound book: Execute the iconic chain stitch to produce a durable and aesthetically pleasing binding.
  • Techniques for adding a professional finish to your handmade book: Learn finishing touches that elevate your book’s appearance and functionality.
  • Our Historic Coptic Binding class welcomes learners of all levels, from novices eager to dip their toes into bookbinding to seasoned artisans seeking to expand their craft. We provide all the necessary materials, including a selection of Liberty of London fabrics, and by the end of the course, you’ll have a beautifully bound book you’ve created from start to finish, as well as the knowledge and skill to continue your bookbinding journey at home.

Join us in this exceptional exploration of history, craftsmanship, and artistry. Experience the satisfaction and joy of creating your hand-bound books using the time-honored Coptic Binding method, enhanced with the charm of Liberty fabrics. Enroll now and embark on this fascinating journey into ancient bookbinding with a modern twist!

This class starts at 10 am and will go to approximately 2 pm.