What is the course about?
You will make an historically accurate example of a Coptic binding with wooden boards. This will include learning how to sew sections together using link stitch, how to 'lace-on' the wooden boards and make the decorative endbands which link the pages to the covers.
What will we cover?
- There will be a presentation of the history and importance of Ethiopic bookbinding
- The preparation of the wooden boards and their attachment to the quires (sections)
- Sewing together the paper quires with link stitch
- Ethiopic headbands
- Braiding a leather strap.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Fold paper into sections
- Marking sections and sew with link stitch
- Drill the wooden boards and prepare them for attachment
- Sew an Ethiopic headband
- Make a braided leather strap
Note: if time allows we will also make a second book in a slightly different style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is intermediate level and requires a basic ability to use hand tools confidently.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by practical demonstrations, supported by handouts and individual tuition.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be an extra cost for materials - wooden boards, linen thread, leather. Probably between £15 - £20.
Tools will be provided but it would be useful to bring along a small hand drill or Dremel, a small carpenters square, and a notebook and pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in book conservation courses such as VD202 and VD203, VD245,6 & 7 or other binding structures and general courses such as VD327 Bookbinding: introduction to boxmaking, VD292 Learn to Bind Artists’ Books, VD285 Bookbinding: Longstitch, coptic and secret Belgian binding.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details