Coptic stitch and a new favourite tool

The weather here in Dunure continues to be glorious – if this proves to be the best couple of weeks weather this summer then I can’t think of a better place to spend them! But you can only sit in the sun reading books and eating ice cream for so long ….

Handmade book using coptic stitch

My fourth handmade book is bound using Coptic stitch. The front and back covers are stitched to the paper signatures leaving the spine of the book exposed.

Handmade book with Coptic stitch

Handmade book with Coptic stitch

I realised last week that I didn’t actually have the tools I needed to do a good job on this book. But thanks to internet shopping I was able to buy coloured linen thread, eyelets and a wonderful new tool – a Japanese screw punch. I could have just used an awl to make holes in the front and back covers but that would not have looked as nice as using eyelets. Bookbinding may ‘just’ be a ‘hobby’ for me but if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well!!

Japanese Screw Punch

Japanese Screw Punch

 

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2 responses to “Coptic stitch and a new favourite tool

  1. I’ve got a screw punch too but not eyelets! I love them! how easy are they to do????

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    • Hi, pretty easy to do – it requires a bit of strength to push the screw punch through the 2mm book board I’m using but should be easier going through just fabric or leather. The eyelets need to be a snug fit so having a hammer or mallet helps. My screw punch has bits from 4mm to 1mm wide but I’m struggling to source really small eyelets ….
      Leah

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