Coptic Stitch Book Binding

Coptic Stitch Book Binding

Please read through all the information provide here for you. 

When I first saw this style of book binding I just had to learn how to do it. But all the books out there that showed how to do it got me confused pretty fast. So a dear friend, Ann Hupke invited me to her home and we sat side by side, one to one and created a Coptic stitch journal. 

I know we are not able to do this as easily as we would like. So I created this course for those that would like to learn. 

The stitch is a chain link stitch that connect one sections to the next. 

A signature is a group of papers sewn together, I personally like to keep my signature about 10 pages. They are folded and holes are poked through with a template so everything stays in line. 

Folio is one sheet of paper folded in half, a group of folios pocketed inside one another becomes a Signature. 

Template is a measured guide made for each book to its size that will allow you to make sure you poke the holes for good alignment. 

A book cradle is the structure that houses and holds the signature in line so they can be poked with the awl to create the holes for sewing.  You will have the opportunity to make your own book cradle with in this course. 

Wax thread is a wonderful thread to use, when pulled tight it locks in the stitches. 

Book board is sold on bookbinding sites but I like to recycle and use my watercolor pad from the back of whole pad of paper.  You know, the thick board that the papers is glued to. What ever board you use it needs to be thick. This will also be used for your Book Cradle.   Chipboard, and book board at your local art supply retailers or you can order it on line. See Supply list links after registration. 

Collage to cut and paste papers to a surface and it is what I do to the cover of the boards. Keeping them unique and fun. I use a Tack iron to fuse them on to the board. 

Gloss medium is use for the process of the collage method. The layer of gloss that is applied to all the surfaces of paper and board are what is fused together with a house iron or a heal seal iron. aka, Tack Iron. 

Awl is a tool that can poke a hole through paper, some woods, leather and other materials. 

A hand drill is a simple tool to use to drill holes through the boards if you have one, Friskar makes a nice one. Or you can use an awl just need a bit more elbow grease to push it through. 

And if your interested in another great tool, which helps to form a crisp fold by running the side of the Bone tool down the length of the folded paper. I use them but not all the time. 

This describes the tools and process a bit before you get to involved. 

What's ahead

In this course you will be making a journal 6" x 9" which will work well for a regular sheet of paper 8 1/2 x 11.  And computer paper will work but if you want a solid paper you might want to purchase some paper with more weight to them at your local Office supply store. 

I would suggest watching the video's carefully first.  Then gather up your supplies and then go through them again with the packet and make notes if you need to. 

The video's have been made and new one's added as to help you understand the collage part of the course. Coating paper, Collaging with the tack iron and adding some artistic details. 

The journal itself is a wonderful companion that lays flat open for you to write in. It really is a old school way of book binding without the spine to cover up the stitching. You are able to see the stitches which adds to the charm of the journal.   

It will be creative challenging and well worth it. 

If your a journal writer or a avid  "Morning pager" this is perfect gift to yourself and after you learn how to do it you can make them for others. 

Add you own spin on design and embellishment.  

I even used old book covers cut them off and made new journal covers without collaging on them.     

Together we can stitch our beliefs into some amazing things. 

Table of Contents

Let us Begin
Making a Book Binding Cradle
Let's Coat the Papers First !
Collage the Covers
Coptic Stitching
Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Student's Work
Shared Coptic Stitch Books

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

This course will be up for a very long time so you can come back to it and refresh yourself and make more.

How do I start after I've registered?

The thing to remember is you have to login first to When you purchased the class you should have been sent an email to confirm your registration. You can always go to after you are registered and login...then you should be brought to the class site and the course you signed up for. You will do this each week through the course. Or each time you decide to come back and continue your learning.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

Are their weekly lessons?

You will receive the email letting you know you have registered and after that you will be able to see all lesson that are available to you with this course. This is set up to work at your pace. And Not a weekly lesson plan.


There are many video's included in this course. Some are a bit long and may take up a lot of your internet speed. Please be aware of this technical issue for yourself. troubleshooting tips:

  • close all other programs
  • restart your device
  • if you are viewing it on a phone, try a computer or vice versa
  • try a different browser
  • check if anyone else in your household is also using the wifi network which can slow your connection
  • check your overall internet speed connection (here is a link to a sample test but there are many others you can check with your own internet company) The day and age of this internet does challenge us but we continue on.

Where can you share your progress?

I have a Facebook Private site that all my student taking any of my course are on and share their process and receive support from myself and other creatives. Ask to be part of the groups and I will approve you on to