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Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Saturday, Oct 28 from 1-4pm ET.

This Modern interpretation of the ancient Coptic binding, originally developed with wooden boards, was designed for today’s materials. The Coptic stitch is a bold spine decoration and can accommodate very big and sculptural books.

A Modern Coptic Handbound Book workshop - by Joelle Webber

In this class, we will discuss the importance of basic binding concepts like grain and measuring from the reality. We will also focus on the use of concertinas, to consolidate text blocks, for added strength in books with decorative open-sewn spines. We will learn how to cut in label in-sets and cover boards in book cloth. The importance of sewing station jigs will be addressed, to stitch our multi-gathering books together uniformly. Finally, we will finish with a creative collage on the front panel of our books. I look forward to taking students, step by step, through this very satisfying, solid, and decorative handbound book structure.

A Modern Coptic Handbound Book closeup - by Joelle Webber

Materials Needed

A materials kit will be sent out to students prior to the class starting and is included in the cost of tuition.

Tools Needed

  • PVA
  • Glue brush
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Paper knife
  • Snap blade knife
  • Leather awl
  • Scissors
  • 2 long-large eyed needles
  • Hammer
  • Waste board

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Instructor: Joelle Webber

Joelle Webber has been making books & boxes for 40 years. At Mermaid Bindery, on Westport Island, she offers original artist books, binding services for fellow creators, handmade crafts in her roadside shed, and workshops for several communities.