Coptic Bookbinding Workshop


A bookbinding workshop in Faversham

Saturday, 11 May 2024

10:00am – 4:30pm

Alexander Centre Faversham ME13 8NZ

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Saturday, 11 May 2024

10:00am – 4:30pm

Alexander Centre Faversham ME13 8NZ

Coptic Books lay flat and their attractive visible spine stitching invites endless creativity. Coptic binding was employed by early Coptic Christians in Egypt and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century. The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style. Coptic bindings are characterised by sections of paper sewn through their folds, and attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine.

You will learn bookbinding techniques and the pattern of Coptic stitching.  We will look the importance of paper grain and how to fold, sew, and cover your books to create useful and beautiful books using basic tools. Your day of making includes all materials, including paper, board, various decorative papers, bookcloth, linen thread and adhesive to make your own uniquely designed books. Tools are provided for use on the day.

You’ll take away your handbound book, new skills, and a wonderful feeling of well-being that a whole day of working creatively offers.

Covering material papers will vary. The images included here represent the book style only.

All day bookbinding class in Faversham

Coffee, tea and biscuits are included

Limited to 8 places

In the workshop you will learn about:

The selection of materials
Paper grain
Sewing techniques
Cover preparation
Some common bookbinding tools and how to use them safely

Interested in this workshop, but can't make the date?


Classes are taught through practical demonstrations and supported hands on work. Image is to demonstrate the style of book only. Papers and materials will vary.