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« on: February 23, 2008 10:23:29 AM »

Well here's my second attempt at coptic stitch binding - a cool back to back (or dos-a-dos) style binding with three covers and two distinct sections.  Each section has 80 pages. 

It's a nice portable size (4 1/4" square) and I just love the cover paper.  It's a special Lokta paper, made in Nepal and hand-dyed in Batik stripe.  I've got some in this colorway and another sheet in greens - it's so delicious, it's almost hard to cut it up to use it!  I've angled the stripe pattern across the covers (in and out) to create a bit more movement and I think that works well.

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008 10:25:15 AM »

THAT IS SOOOO COOL, is there a tute you use?
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008 10:31:16 AM »

Thanks!!  There are lots of free coptic stitching instructions around if you search google - that's pretty much what I did.  I had to kind of cobble together a few of them to make sense of it at first.  It's much easier to do than to explain using words and 2d pictures -- if you can get someone to show you in person, I'm sure you'd get it in a flash. 

I was inspired by a kit I saw, but you could definitely make it up in your own size - the only thing different about this style vs. regular 2-cover coptic is that you punch the center cover on both edges and then just sew each side together normally.  The biggest thing is to keep track of all your top edges  Wink

Give it a try and also search here on craftster for coptic binding/stitching - some great books here, too!

Good luck and have fun  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008 10:35:10 AM »

thanks, i'll deffinately try this
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008 10:54:05 AM »

I love coptic bindings, but never thought about using it to make a dos-a-dos style book...ingenious! What amazing paper, too...angling the stripes really added to the overall design.  Awesome book!
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008 11:33:21 AM »

i agree whole-heartedly with the above comment, the cover design totally goes so well with the zig-zagness of the way it opens up!

this would be great for a gallery reception book, a wedding guest book (his and hers sides!), etc. i *love* this and will totally try it out next time i'm making some books. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008 02:01:33 PM »

I love coptic bindings, but never thought about using it to make a dos-a-dos style book...ingenious! What amazing paper, too...angling the stripes really added to the overall design.  Awesome book!

I couldn't have said it better! This is fantastic (I was just about to type ingenious...see she said it! Wink ) and your use of the paper's design just gives it that added special touch. Inspiring work!
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008 03:06:52 PM »

Wow, thanks for the positive feedback, everyone! 

I really like the dos-a-dos style, too, and am going to try experimenting with it with other binding styles as well.  Glad to see the zigzaggy paper is a big hit  Cheesy
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