Single Sheet Coptic

This sewing is suited to books with board pages or other materials where you cannot fold a section. It makes a good structure for making pages out of flat objects like Perspex, metal or wood.

Method:

  1. Cut and assemble text block pages.
  2. Prepare two covers, the size of the text block or with a book square.
  3. Clamp boards and pages together. Peirce/drill holes in book 5 mm in from spine edge.

  4. Diagram 1
  5. Thread a needle to correspond to each sewing station along the spine.
  6. Complete the following steps with each needle before going onto the next step.

  7. Start on the inside of your backcover. Sew the needle through the hole, around the spine and tie a square knot. Take the needle around the spine and through the hole, bottom to top.

  8. Diagram 2
  9. Place the next sheet on top.

  10. Diagram 3
  11. Sew the needle through the hole in the second sheet from bottom to top.

  12. Diagram 4
  13. Pass your needle through the stitch on the spine edge of the previous sheet.

  14. Diagram 5
  15. Place another sheet on top of the last. Pass your needle through the hole on the new sheet from bottom to top.

  16. Diagram 6
  17. Pass you needle behind the two threads that lie over the spine edge of the previous sheet. This is the link stitch.

  18. Diagram 7

    Continue following steps 9-10 for each new sheet.

    After you have done the link stitch on the last sheet (which will be the front cover) pass your needle through the front cover from top to bottom. Tie-off inside the front cover.


    Diagram 8