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 Art Prof Teaching Artist Eloise Sherrid and Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • What is a Sketchbook?
  • Why Bind Your Own?
  • Book Covers
  • Cutting Chipboard
  • Paper/Fabric for Covers
  • Gluing onto the Cover
  • Cutting Tabs
  • Bone Folder
  • Bookbinding Cloth
  • Hole Placement
  • Punching Holes
  • Signature Paper
  • Cutting Signatures
  • Punching Signature Paper
  • Stitching on a “Dummy” Sketchbook
  • Fixing a Loose Thread
  • Adding Another Signature
  • Binding a Lower Layer
  • Why Bind Your Own Sketchbook?
  • At the End of a Row
  • Binding the Other Cover
  • Tying Off the Thread
  • Curved Vs. Straight Needles
  • Types of Threads
  • Threading the Needle
  • Threading the Sketchbook
  • Coptic Stitch
  • Adding a New Signature
  • Not Enough Thread?
  • Adding the Top Cover
  • Finishing the Threading Process
  • Trimming the Paper
  • Finished Sketchbook