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Lay Flat Journal, Presented by Papermakers of Victoria with Gail Stiffe

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Coptic Binding plus variations.

The Copts, a group of early Christians based in Egypt as early as the 2nd century CE, developed the distinctive style of book known as the Coptic binding.

In this class students will learn how to create the trademark Coptic spine stitch that resembles a chain stitch as used in embroidery. They will also be given the opportunity to explore variations on the stitch such as the crossover Celtic Binding.

Some advantages of these types of binding are that the cover material doesn’t need to be flexible so timber, metal and clay can all be used for covers along with the usual covered card. Another advantage is that the book can lay flat very well so is extremely suitable for a sketch book, it can also open right out and form a circle making it a very suitable binding for sculptural books.

The presenter Gail Stiffe has extensive experience as a tutor and as a bookbinder, having taught both papermaking and bookbinding for over thirty years and made hundreds of these bindings.