Coptic Binding
Advanced | 1 hour 14 min
Learn this ancient, elegant hardcover binding that originated in the Copt Monasteries of Ethiopia around the 4th century. This binding joins all of the signatures and the covers with a beautiful chain stitch that lays completely flat when open – making it ideal for journals, photo albums and art projects. Jody shows you how to work evenly and methodically to accomplish this two-needle coptic binding, as well as how to customize your own book covers.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Heavy duty cutting knife
  • glue brush
  • awl
  • needle vice
  • bone folder
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • triangle
  • sandpaper
  • binding thread
  • sewing needle
  • paper to cover book board
  • book board
  • text paper for pages
  • scrap paper
  • cutting mat
  • craft paper
  • paper towel
  • PVA glue
  • PVA methyl cellulose glue
  • heavy objects for pressing
Learn how to:
  • Two-needle chain stitch binding
  • Customizing a cover
  • Making perfect corners on book covers
  • Hand-binding tips

What you’ll get:
  • An easy-to-follow lesson on how to work a coptic binding
  • 10 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instruction by expert artist Jody Alexander
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
449 users recommended this class to a friend
B Goodell
Very thorough instruction! I appreciate the attention to detail, posture tips, strategy, and a glimpse into variations on this technique. I've already made three journals in this style and look forward to creating more!
December 17, 2022
LouRae Doyle
Super directions. I used to bind with Coptic stitch many years ago, and following along with your class brought it all back. Thank you!
December 12, 2022
beth hinmam
Loved that the camera showed exactly what the instructor was doing and she explained everything clearly and simply. What appears to complicated and intimidating was broken down into clear steps. Can't wait to try this on my own!
November 25, 2022