Bookbinding Workshop: Coptic Stitch with Hard Covers | Bari Zaki

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Bookbinding Workshop: Coptic Stitch with Hard Covers | Bari Zaki

from 185.00

Instructor: Bari Zaki

What you’ll make: A sketchbook or album that opens completely flat. This binding style (rhymes with Nile) dates back to 2nd century Egypt. The sewing of the book involves 60 linking stitches, which we will complete in class. You will select from an assortment of decorative covers prepared for you in advance, to allow us to focus on the sewing, which is time consuming.

Currently offered as a private or semiprivate three-ish hour class. No previous bookbinding experience necessary. To request a date & time, add this class to your cart, and then email bz@barizaki.com with your preferred date(s) and time of day.

We begin, as always in our bookbinding classes, by getting acquainted with paper grain and its importance for the finished book. After an overview of the bookbinding tools you will use, you will fold ten full-size sheets of drawing paper (with deckled edges) into signatures to create a nice thickness. You will learn to use your awl to pierce the holes in the cover. At the end of class, we will discuss how to make covers at home.

By the end of this class you will have one completed book, and the confidence to make more at home, thanks to our charming illustrated handout with step-by-step instructions. You will also receive a bone folder, and a 20% discount on any additional tools purchased the day of class.

Class fee includes all materials we use to make a book: Binders-board, Japanese papers, bonefolder, shipping clerk’s knife, heavy & lightweight awls, Xacto blade, scissors, ruler, triangle rulers. waxed-linen thread, curved needle.

Our studio is light-filled, airy, and organized. You are welcome to browse our extensive library of books about bookbinding, calligraphy, and drawing. We look forward to sharing our love of paper & bookbinding with you in this three-ish hour workshop!

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me:
773-294-7766 or bz@barizaki.com

Classes are held at:
Bari Zaki Studio
3858 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

If we need to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified immediately via email and refunded the full class fee. A cancellation requested at least 14 days in advance of the class will receive a full refund (via the original payment method).

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