Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Coptic map books


Here is another recycling project I have wanted to try for a while: map books.

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Both are bound in the same way: 4 signatures stitched together with coptic (chain) stitch and the boards covered with pieces of maps. The book on the left has an added spine covering of tanned and dyed salmon skin with natural contours left intact. I may add leather to the second book as well. Ideally, I would like to find fish leather in one of the colours used in the maps - green or tan for preference.

BTW, the book on the left looks skewed because tension in the leather keeps it slightly open. It should get better after a few hours in the book-press.

4 comments:

jaimie said...

That's so cool!
I stumbled across this blog by chance while doing a google search.. perhaps I'll keep checking in.
Btw, do you have tutorials for making those notebooks? I've wondered how to for a while now...
But anyway, those are really cool. I love the use of the maps for a cover.

Bibliophile said...

Thank you.

You can find links to some coptic book instructions on the sidebar.

And here is a really useful video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMSrm0QOt0&feature=related

Here are two sets of instructions with pictures that show how to make the stitch:
http://www.doe.in.gov/olr/grantprojects/books/Coptic%20Book.htm

http://academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/imaginingbooks/subpages/copticimages.html

Svetlana said...

Your books are stunning!!!

Bibliophile said...

Thank you, Svetlana.