Monday, December 7, 2009

Coptic Bookbinding with Mary

I learned how to do chain stitch bookbinding in college. It is a cool way of making a book with braid-like stitching across an exposed spine. You use four needles at a time! My sister Mary, very crafty, wanted a refresher course on the technique. So we spent an afternoon making books, pictures of her work-in-progress follow. This technique is often called Coptic Bookbinding after the Egyptian Copts, and a there's a similar stitch called Ethiopian chain stitch. I think both were used to bind early Christian texts; for more history see:

cool cover

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