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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Coptic binding for a Journal

One-day workshop on Friday, July 20th will introduce the BI-students to one of the earliest known, multi-sectioned, unsupported sewn structures for bookbinding. Coptic binding was developed in the 4th century A.D. in Egypt. The chain stitch used to attach signatures to each other had its roots in carpet weaving. Contemporary bookbinders often refer to any non-adhesive bookbinding in which unsupported stitching across the signatures is laced directly into the covers as a "Coptic Binding." The spine of a Coptic book is particularly attractive and you can open the book to a full 360° or lay it completely flat without risk of damage to the spine.
We will make a travel/field journal with four-needle Coptic sewn.
Because of the great demand for this workshop we increased the number of seats to 20, thus if you hurry you might be able to get your seat. For registration call 720-8653580 or register online.

Of the same reason we also increased the number of seats for “The art of Keeping a Nature Journal” to 20. This nature journaling class will be held July 21-22.

The National Guild of Bookworkers gives you more information about the book arts. In this context the link for the National Association for the Calligraphic Arts is very relevant. There is also a local Colorado Calligraphers Guild.
(In the image a book with Coptic binding designed by Susan Jon Share)

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