Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

Coptic Stitch Bookbinding is a beautiful way to create a handmade sketchbook. This video demonstrates the Coptic stitch on a large scale book model, providing very clear and easy to follow step by step instructions. Different options for bookbinding materials and specialized tools like a bone folder and curved needles are explained. Demo led by Teaching Artist Eloise Sherrid and Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • What is a Sketchbook?
  • Why Bind Your Own Sketchbook?
  • Curved Vs. Straight Needles
  • Types of Threads
  • Threading the Needle
  • Trimming the Paper
  • Paper vs. -Fabric for Covers
  • Bone Folder
  • Bookbinding Cloth
  • Hole Placement
  • Punching Holes
  • Creating “Signatures”
  • Fixing a Loose Thread

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