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Exposed-Spine Bindings - Coptic and Caterpillar


  • Pnina Gold’s Studio 3440 Cromwell Place San Diego, CA 92116 (map)

Instructor: Amy Spencer
Length of workshop: 2 days
Skill Level: For quick beginner to intermediate students

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Maximum number of students: 14

Member-Early Enrollment: $184
Member Fee: $230
Non-Member: $305
Materials fee: $30

EEP Deadline: September 2, 2019

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Coptic and caterpillar stitch books are exposed-spine books that are both beautiful and versatile. They open flat which make them perfect for sketchbooks, cookbooks, guest books, journals or any book that you would like to lay open and have easy access to write or draw in. 

This workshop is appropriate for quick beginner to intermediate students. A quick beginner is a student who is at ease working with their hands and is comfortable with complex directions. No bookbinding experience is required. 

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In the workshop, we will make three blank books with art and text weight papers. The first will be a single-needle Coptic stitch book made using the covers from a vintage book and 70 lb Mohawk Superfine paper. While making this book, students will learn about grain direction and how to tear paper from parent sheets. For the second and third books, students will make original covers using Davey board and their choices from a selection of beautiful paper from around the world. A technique to apply paper inlays to decorate the covers will be taught. The second book will be a double-needle Coptic stitch book with Canson XL Mix Media pages and we will finish the class by learning how to sew the caterpillar stitch and make a third blank book, with 70 lb Mohawk Superfine paper for the text block.

Amy Spencer has taught a variety of book structures to students from as young as age four to adults. She has taught privately, to church groups, homeschooling groups, the Inland Empire Chapter of the Society for Calligraphy and for eight years at the Riverside Art Museum. She is currently a non-traditional, full-time Art History major at UC Riverside. You can see some of her work @aestusbookarts on Instagram.

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