Learn the traditional craft of Coptic bookbinding by making an A5-sized Coptic-bound book, with either classic hard-covers (paper wrapped), or a soft-leather front cover.

In this workshop all materials are provided, and you can choose from an assortment of different papers/card, a colourful range of waxed-linen thread, and a variety of upcycled leathers (for the soft cover book) to make a truly unique and personalised book.

Coptic binding is a simple handsewn technique characterised by two separate covers and a distinctive chain-stitch sewn across an exposed spine. The decorative sewing even allows the book to open beautifully flat, making it perfect for binding your own journals, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, albums, or notebooks.

Ideal for complete beginners, as well as those who would like to expand their range of bookbinding techniques. You'll be able to examine a wide range of finished examples of Coptic-bound books, and draw inspiration from the variations and possibilities.

All tools and materials are provided as part of the workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own items from home (i.e. A3 cutting mat, a metal ruler, craft/Stanley knife, pencil, awl, bonefolder, and any sheets of fancy/coloured/found papers if you want to use these in your books)

Comprehensive instructions and templates are also included, to enable you to continue making more books at home.

Location: BVAC (Wellers Hill Arts Hub), 140 Weller Rd, Tarragindi

Cost: $140 per person

Bookings essential:  email michelle@shelbyville.com.au or txt/phone 0412 550 981


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