Introduction to Coptic Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, April 13; 9am-5pm

Learn the classic Coptic stitch in two variations: the two-needle and the four-needle technique. Learn to cover boards with decorative papers to make a small blank journal that opens flat for ease in use. The coptic binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt and was used throughout the Islamic world and Eastern Christendom (Europe), and is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today. This style was adapted from the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, creating a chain or link stitch to bind the sections together.

***On Thursday, April 18 from 7-9pm, MCBA is honored to be partnering with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library for a special free lecture hosted by Melissa Morton exploring The Book Technologies of the Early ‘People of the Book’: Coptic and Ethiopic Christian Codices and Their Late Antique and Medieval Relatives. Learn more HERE.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category A

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee