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Coptic stitch handmade sketchbook

Coptic stitch handmade sketchbook

Duration: One day

Price: £70

Book with: Rosemary Harper
at Micklems Farm creative workshops

Micklems Farm
Knowl Hill Common
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Course Start Dates

Saturday 15th February 2020

About the Course

Coptic stitch is a beautiful exposed book binding style that looks like chain stitch. These books have an open spine which means the pages open completely flat. Coptic style books are ideal as gifts or to keep for yourself as a diary or notebook. During this workshop you will make an A5 portrait book from scratch. We will start by trimming the inside pages into the right size for the books and nesting the trimmed sheets into ‘signatures’. The next stage will be preparation of the covers, cutting these from greyboard, and then covering with your choice from a range of decorative papers. We will then make the holes for sewing and will finally sew all the pages and cover together using Coptic stitch. There will be many suggestions for how to take this binding style further in your own projects after the workshop. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. There is a bit of measuring but it is kept to a minimum! We will be cutting, gluing and sewing so some manual dexterity is needed.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All the following tools will be available for loan but if you already have them please bring them as there will be less need for sharing: Bone folder, awl / braddle (for making holes), paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper).
The tutor will have extra tools available for sale during the course if you would like them. If you would like to take the materials for a second book to be made at home then there would be an extra £5 materials charge.
Includes - Tea, coffee and biscuits.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Events & groups
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends