21 July 2013

Coptic Binding

Coptic Binding is a gorgeous historical structure that is popular with book artists due to its flexible nature and elegant chain stitch that runs across the spine

student work with custom made bookcloth

It is one of my favorite bindings to teach. I had a Coptic Binding workshop in my studio this past Saturday and then am traveling to Sonoma County to teach it to a book arts group there next weekend.  I also teach it on Creativebug

On Saturday I gave students the option of creating embossed covers - of course they went for it!

Most of the students in the class were in last week's Make Your Own Bookcloth class. Some students used the decorative papers I had on hand while others used their own handmade bookcloth.

It was a long day and students worked hard through the many steps and techniques that were new to them but were rewarded with these sweet little unique gems to write, draw and paint in.

This class wraps up Wishi Washi Studio's summer workshop schedule - thanks for joining me in the studio or just reading along from afar.  I'll be teaching in Sonoma next weekend and then looking forward to some much needed studio time in August. 

The Fall schedule will be upon us before we know it, though.  Check out Wishi Washi Studio's Fall schedule of classes here.  We are delving further into fiber arts with a class taught by needle felting master Stephanie Metz, as well as two other guest instructors: Macy Chadwick and Courtney Cerruti.


  1. Hi Jody,
    I took the online coptic class from you, I love your detailed instructions. May I know what kind of card board should I use and what is the thickness? I tried it but I found it was a little bit difficult to do the hole between the board. I look forward your suminagashi class. Thanks.


  2. Hi Yeung,

    I use bookboard, also called Davey board, and it is ".082" which translates to about an 1/8 of an inch. Any thinner than that makes those diagonals really hard as you've experienced.

    I'm glad you liked the workshop. I'm looking forward to seeing the suminagashi too!