Coptic Binding was developed during the second century by early Christians living in Egypt referred to as the Copts. Coptic bound books are sewn together with one continuous thread and are characterized by chain like links down the edge of the spine of the bound book. One of the things I love about coptic stitch binding is that it allows the book to open and lie flat without damaging the binding.
I start out by painting my book boards on both sides with an assortment of acrylic or watercolour paint. After that I start painting the designs, sometimes using gold, silver or bronze leaf paint. I cut the archival paper for the inner leaves to size and fold it in half one sheet at a time. The paper is then clustered into signatures of five sheets. Next holes are punched through the center fold of the paper signatures and the edges of the end boards. I then wax my thread and commence the sewing process. The coptic bound books are sewn together with a single thread. When the book is sewn together I glue the end pages on to conceal my knots and help stabilize the binding. All of my materials are archival and built to last a life time.