I had the opportunity to teach a bookbinding workshop at my friend’s place in Mississippi. The binding I taught is very complicated so I decided to make a workbook to outline each step. I wanted this to be a skill my students could go home and replicate.
Some 50 hours later I birthed a comprehensive workbook on the Coptic binding that has been in my head and at my fingertips for the last 20 years. I tried to find a tutorial to use as a skeleton and no one else seems to sew the Coptic stitch quite like this.
I plan to teach a class here in Denver some time soon. I’ve considered approaching the library to see if I can teach in their new maker space… I would probably teach simple bindings and ways to print your own book using your desktop printer. I’ll get the word out soon.
I like that Coptic binding allows the book to open flat, which makes it ideal for photo albums or sketchbooks. I love to draw, but I usually end up choosing spiral bound sketchbooks because they open flatter than regular ones. A Coptic bound book sounds like a great compromise between the aesthetic appeal of regularly bound books and the practicality of spiral-bound books.