Coptic Binding

I am currently taking a bookbinding class, and this is my first finished product. It is bound with a traditional "Coptic" binding, and 100% handcrafted by yours truely!
First, I cut the signatures to size each one by one, assembled the cover and made holes in both the cover and signatures/sections of paper for the stitching. Lastly, I sewed the binding together. It was a lot of work, but not too bad. My next one won't take me as long.
my book is about 8.5''x5''.
This binding was developed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century. It is used today by bookbinders to create beautifully hand crafted books.

Detail of stitching:

The Coptic Binding is a great binding for journals or sketchbooks as the nature of the binding allows it to lay open on a table, flat.

I have discovered a love for books that began, I think, with the "Ladybug-day". I have been excited for and waiting to take this class for a long time now and I am really excited for what we will be making in the future. There is just something magical to me about handcrafted, functional items. I love bookbinding!
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