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Vintage Page Designs: Coptic Binding

September 16, 2012

Coptic Binding

Happy weekend!  I've been wanting to learn how to create books using the coptic binding method for ages.  A local art school normally runs a class each Fall and I've been looking on their site all summer for the class schedule.  But don't you know, they're not offering it this season.

So, I a few weeks ago, I set out to teach myself using books and videos.  It does take patience and practice, and I need a lot of both!  Here are my first few attempts.  I'll keep you updated as my technique progresses.

Have you every tried this method?  I'd love to know how you got on and any tips you have - share your ideas in the comments section.


  • Waxed linen thread
  • Book board for covers
  • 30lb white paper for insides
  • Cavallini paper for covers

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At September 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Sandra said...

What a great idea! I'm so gonna try this! TFS! Hugs, Sandra

At September 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger butterfly said...

These are so beautiful, Ali... amazing binding technique, but looks as though it requires quite a lot of patience!
Alison x

At September 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Beverly G said...

Just getting interested in book making. Like you looking at books and videos. Your first attempts are really good. Will keep looking in on your progress.

At September 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Netty said...

wow loving your binding Ali. x

At September 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Nicie Ibarra said...

Your binding looks great to me!!! I can only imagine the books you will create with more practice! :)

At September 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM , Blogger Michele said...

your work is beautiful! extra impressive that you taught yourself to do this! xo

At September 18, 2012 at 7:15 AM , Blogger Sharon said...

How fantastic Ali - beautiful binding!!!

At September 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM , Blogger Alexa said...

I can see the work and patience involved. The end result looks great so worth the effort.

At September 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM , Blogger PetraB said...

I have tried it myself and it is not easy. Your books look amazing, the binding is awesome.


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