Worktable Wednesday

Today was spent in Coptic binding mode. The first book I worked on was a MonoJournal – this is a new line of books that I debuted at Craft Vermont. I’ll talk about these journals in detail next week.

Today’s book was of the Lime variety:

Coptic journal pages and covers ready for binding

11:19 a.m.

This book is bound with four curved needles. While binding the book, I work with the needles hanging off the front edge of my worktable – it helps keep the thread from getting tangled.

Coptic binding in progress

11:55 a.m.

Coptic binding in progress

12:01 p.m.

The journals I worked on next were larger and had hand-painted cover papers by Claire Maziarczyk. Her papers are simply stunning. All of these journals are one-of-a-kind because I could only get one set of covers from each sheet of paper.

Preparing pages for coptic journals

12:45 p.m.

Coptic journal pages and covers ready for binding

12:50 p.m.

I realize that my stitching looks crooked in the following image, but it gets straighter as you continue working on it. This larger journal requires six needles for the binding.

Coptic binding in progress

2:14 p.m.

I didn’t get a lot of work done today because I had an appointment in the early afternoon and a super-fun evening meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont.

Tomorrow I pack up for this weekend’s show in Morristown, New Jersey – Holiday CraftMorristown. Hopefully I’ll get everything done in time!

2 Responses to “Worktable Wednesday”

By missy graff - 4 December 2010 Reply

Hi Elissa: I met you at Morristown show- I was looking for those folding small albums on your inventory but couldn’t locate. I remember they were mostly $20. except for the two with fancier covers.

By Elissa - 6 December 2010 Reply

Missy –

You’re referring to my accordion books. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of them on my website at this time. I can take some photos of what I have in stock and Email them to you, if that would help.


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