Coptic Stitch Book Binding
When I first saw this style of book binding I just had to learn how to do it. But all the books out there that showed how to do it got me confused pretty fast. So a dear friend, invited me to her home and we sat side by side, one to one and created a Coptic stitch journal. I have to share I went home and made another one right away so I wouldn't forget the whole process.
I created this course for those that would like to learn.
The stitch is a chain link stitch that connect one sections to the next.
A signature is a group of papers sewn together, I personally like to keep my signature about 10 pages. They are folded and holes are poked through with a template so everything stays in line.
Folio is one sheet of paper folded in half, a group of folios pocketed inside one another becomes a Signature.
Template is a measured guide made for each book to its size that will allow you to make sure you poke the holes for good alignment.
A book cradle is the structure that houses and holds the signature in line so they can be poked with the awl to create the holes for sewing. You will have the opportunity to make your own book cradle with in this course.
Wax thread is a wonderful thread to use, when pulled tight it locks in the stitches.
Book board is sold on bookbinding sites but I like to recycle and use my watercolor pad from the back of whole pad of paper. You know, the thick board that the papers is glued to. What ever board you use, it needs to be thick. This will also be used for your Book Cradle. Chipboard, and book board at your local art supply retailers or you can order it on line. See Supply list link.
Collage to cut and paste papers to a surface and it is what I do to the cover of the boards. Keeping them unique and fun. I use a Tack iron to fuse them on to the board.
Gloss medium is use for the process of the collage method. The layer of gloss that is applied to all the surfaces of paper and board are what is fused together with a house iron or a heal seal iron. aka, Tack Iron.
Awl is a tool that can poke a hole through paper, some woods, leather and other materials.
A hand drill is a simple tool to use to drill holes through the boards if you have one, Friskar makes a nice one. Or you can use an awl just need a bit more elbow grease to push it through.
And if your interested in another great tool, which helps to form a crisp fold by running the side of the Bone tool down the length of the folded paper. I use them but not all the time.
This describes the tools and process a bit before you get to involved.