Friday, November 16, 2007

Coptic Binding

Last Saturday, I went to an all-day workshop on Coptic Binding offered by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. It was such a great experience! I didn't realize that it would be so labour-intensive!

We began from scratch and started with two pieces of wood, three huge sheets of paper, binding thread and an apron full of bookbinding supplies. Louise Granahan taught the workshop and took us through all of the intracacies of coptic binding. We began by shaping the wood through grating and sanding it. We then learned how to make signatures with the sheets of paper. This involved folding the papers, splitting them carefully and then, keeping them together in folded groups known as signatures. From there, there was drilling (we needed to put holes through the wood to accomodate the stitching), puncturing (we needed to create a template and then, puncture holes into the signatures) and lots and lots of sewing. Louise provided a tutorial for each stitch to get us on our way.

Of course, there were many more steps in-between that I haven't touched on. Luckily, Louise provided us with handouts at the end of class to guide us through the process once we got home. In the end, we all came away with beautiful little books!

Below are some pictures taken at the workshop:

And here is my little creation:

Ta da! Not too shabby - if I do say so myself! :)

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Very nice! I love the smallness of that book. Funny to stumble on your blog as I just learned the art of coptic binding yesterday myself. I had no cover to my book so it was a little challenging to learn the stitch.

Do you have plans for your little book? It's a treasure!

Sorry if this is a double post. The first one didn't seem to work.