The BinderyMilwaukee, WI, United States

Coptic-Sewn, Swiss-Bound Journals

By The Bindery (other events)

Tuesday, August 15 2023 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CDT

This beginner-level course explores two of our favorite bookbinding techniques: coptic sewing and Swiss-style covers. Coptic stitching is one of the oldest styles of sewn book that allows multiple sections (or "signatures") of paper to be stacked and linked together with thread. The result is a strong block of interior pages that can also lay completely flat when opened.

Swiss-style binding places an interior page block inside a cover that also functions in a way that lays flat when the book is finished--and keeps the sewn spine exposed to be enjoyed, rather than covered! This class combines coptic and Swiss techniques: students will be creating their own lay-flat, 8.5'x5.5", softcover journal ideal for writing, doodling, and travel.

Each journal will be bound in professional bookcloth with decorative endsheets and an elastic closure as a final touch. Ticket costs include all of the high-end materials needed for this class and a take-home guide on how to continue making coptic sewn books in the future!


*Masks are not required at the time of this posting, but are very welcome. This may change by the time of the class, and The Bindery reserves the right to require masks or other safety precautions at any time. Participants will be alerted to any changes prior to the workshop.

*Due to the small nature of classes and the upfront materials costs, The Bindery has a no refunds or exchanges policy. If you cannot make it for some reason, please send a friend in your stead and let us know!

The Bindery

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347 E. Ward Street Milwaukee, WI 53207