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.

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Different options for bookbinding materials and specialized tools like a bone folder and curved needles are explained.

Demo led by Teaching Artist Eloise Sherrid and Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • What is a Sketchbook?
  • Why Bind Your Own Sketchbook?
  • Curved Vs. Straight Needles
  • Types of Threads
  • Threading the Needle
  • Trimming the Paper
  • Paper vs. -Fabric for Covers
  • Bone Folder
  • Bookbinding Cloth
  • Hole Placement
  • Punching Holes
  • Creating “Signatures”
  • Fixing a Loose Thread
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Prof Lieu’s Tips

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I have a “2 week” rule, as in when I make an artwork, I put it somewhere where I can’t see it, and then when I come back it’s much easier to see with a fresh pair of eyes.

Otherwise I will “babysit” the artwork and look at it waaaaaay too much

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I think most of us want to see visible progress, but when you think about it, significant progress really cannot happen within 1 week.

That’s why it’s nice to revisit old artworks from several years ago, you realize, wow, I did improve!

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