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Journal Making: Coptic Binding (Two Needles)

  • Sacramento Book Collectors Club 1721 25th Street Sacramento, CA, 95816 United States (map)


Developed by the Coptic Christians in the fourth century, possibly earlier, this simple but elegant structure appears like continuous chain stitches that link across the exposed spine of the book. Because of the non-adhesive nature of the Coptic book, this is a popular structure among contemporary bookbinders. We will learn to make signatures (folded paper) and paper covers, pierce sewing stations, and bind or sew the book.

You will need a bone folder, awl, and needle, X-acto knife, ruler, cutting matte, scissors, and pencil (if you do not already have these the instructor will have them available for you to borrow).

Price: $60 (SBCC Member Price: $50)

To register email Maryellen Burns-Dabaghain at

Earlier Event: July 12
Journal Making: Buttonhole Stitch
Later Event: February 23
Introduction to Bookmaking