About the workshop

Date & Time

4 Aug 2019 - 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM


Tutor: Gail Stiffe

Coptic Binding plus variations

The Copts, a group of early Christians based in Egypt as early as the 2nd century CE, developed the distinctive style of book known as the Coptic binding.

In this class students will learn how to create the trademark Coptic spine stitch that resembles a chain stitch as used in embroidery. They will also be given the opportunity to explore variations on the stitch such as the crossover Celtic Binding.

Some advantages of these types of binding are that the cover material doesn’t need to be flexible so timber, metal and clay can all be used for covers along with the usual covered card. Another advantage is that the book can lay flat very well so is extremely suitable for a sketch book, it can also open right out and form a circle making it a very suitable binding for sculptural books.

Materials for an A5 journal with 72 pages of 145 gsm Zercal $18 or for an A6 journal with 72 pages of 145gsm Zercal $9 payable to the tutor.

Alternatively a materials list can be provided.

The address in Glen Iris will be provided on application.



Please complete the details below to reserve your place at this workshop

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.

Payment instructions

Electronic funds transfer (preferred):
Account name: Papermakers of Victoria Inc.
Bank: Westpac
BSB: 033-112
Account number: 325-089
Reference: Please place your surname, and the tutor's surname, in the reference field.

If you wish to pay by cheque or money order please send an email the workshop coordinator.

Refund Policy

A full refund will be made if PoV cancels the workshop for any reason. If an applicant withdraws for any reason before the closing date a full refund will be made. If an applicant withdraws on or after the closing date no refund will be given unless a replacement participant is found by the applicant. The PoV Committee will consider exceptional circumstances.


This workshop will be held at Glen Iris
11 Keltie street, Glen Iris