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« on: October 14, 2010 04:13:08 PM »

After looking for a good tutorial, I finally taught myself coptic stitch.

I've been dying to do an altered book, but after attempting a few pages, I discovered to my dismay that the pages were too thin to hold up to being glued together, watercolored, and other wet media. After thinking about it for a while I figured I would make an empty sketchbook and use it to make a visual art journal which will enable me to do pretty much the same thing I wanted to do with my altered journal attempt anyway.

I used 98lb mixed media paper which will hold up to anything I'm pretty sure. 5 signatures of 5 pages each for a total of 100 pages. Cover is bristol board folded in half with scrapbook paper added. I used embroidery thread that was gradient colored so it would provide interesting color changes over the stitching. (If you have never done coptic stitch before, don't be like me and forget to buy beeswax. You can do it without it, but it def. would help keep silly knots out of the thread and save you an hour.)

And now! Behold my first coptic stitch bound book! (sorry for crap pics)





Inside the cover:



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And a closeup of my stitching which took 3 hours because I messed up once and was determined to have perfect stitches:



I think I did good. What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010 04:20:20 PM »

It looks so pretty! I wish I could make books but paper and I just don't agree.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2010 04:31:49 PM »

It looks PERFECT!  Shocked  Great job! I've got to learn this one of these days. Care to share the tut you used?
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2010 04:45:00 PM »

Thanks  Grin

The tute I used is a video one. Although it says it's for "hard cover" it works for soft cover too cuz I treated mine like a hard cover. He has a simple soft cover one that is good too.
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2010 05:06:15 PM »

I love it! Great job! I'll have to check out that tute because I've been wanting to learn that method for some time now!
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2010 07:31:58 PM »

Hina, I LOVE it! You totally have to make me one!  Wink Haha. But, seriously, it looks great!
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2010 09:13:15 PM »

Yes, I think you did a GREAT job! Looks like it was worth the extra time you spent getting the knots just right.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010 12:07:15 PM »

Wow, that turned out great!! I'm inspired to try that now Smiley

Where did you get that paper from?
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