My Coptic bound book

I told you guys I was making a book. I wanted to show you what I did.

This one is the first one I did. It has a nice cover. I learned a lot.

I used chipboard for the covers. I only have thin stuff, so I taped three sheets together to make it more like a real book.

This is some hand-made paper I’ve had forever.

I love the way the covers turned out.

I used some scrap paper I had for the inside cover.

I had this colored card stock that I rarely use so I made the inside papers out of it. There are some orange petals in the paper on the cover and I thought it would look better than it does ;-D

It looks OK with the back inside cover.

Another piece of scrap.

Here is the stitching that I used per the YouTube instructions.


I think that the heavy-duty thread I used is not heavy enough for this job.

Down by my thumb I pulled the thread too hard and ripped one of the pages (called stations by the man who was teaching it).

Now this one is my second attempt and I took my time and went through things thoroughly. I liked doing it enough the first to try again.

I really like learning old school things that may one day become a lost art. Plus I believe that building your body of knowledge or skills will only help you in the long-term.

It also given me a great appreciation of modern conveniences and technology.

This is the spine of the 2nd book. I used a much thicker cord, it is waxed linen I have had for an age, I knew it would come in handy one day.

Worked beautifully. I also used curved upholstery needle this time. What a difference a needle can make.

I used a creamy yellow card stock for the pages this time.

I used the great green sage paper with leaves and stems painted on them. This is the inside back and front cover.

My stitching looks so much better with this waxed linen and it stays in place when you pull it there. It also does not seem to bind, knot, or tangle as much as the other thread.

Pretty neat all the way across the spine.

The book opens nicely and will lay flat on the table too.

This is the back inside cover.

Book laying flat.

I used a great craft paper for the outside covers. I am so very happy with the way this came out, I am making another one ;-D


2 Responses to “My Coptic bound book”

  1. August 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Great job! You inspire me!

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