Coptic binding was used by early Christians in Egypt and examples can be dated back to the 2nd century AD. It is a method of joining sections of parchment, papyrus or paper using chain stitch linking across the spine.
I had some spare time recently so I decided to teach myself the technique. Using some fabric scraps, I created a cover that alluded to what the content of the book will be (this will come at a later stage).
|Fabric embroidered cover|
|The decorative binding|
I really enjoyed making the book, and plan to make a few more when I have some more spare time.
If you would also like to give this a try I found the following sites very helpful:
- Coptic binding directions illustrated by pictures
- Coptic binding tutorial on Youtube. 11 mins long.