Coptic Stitch Bookbinding

Learn how to create a handmade book from scratch and bind it using coptic stitching.


2:30pm - 5:00pm


Sat 15 June 2024

Sat 15 Jun, 2:30pm - 5pm

Experience Level: Beginners & people needing a refresher into the process

Duration: The course runs for one day (2:30pm – 5:00pm)

Learn how to create a handmade book from scratch and bind it using Coptic stitching.

Coptic stitch bookbinding (also called Coptic bookbinding) is a way of binding pages of a book together without the use of glue or staples. Like other types of hand binding, its origins are ancient. A Coptic stitch is a type of stitch used in hand bookbinding to attach the pages and covers together. It’s similar to a chain stitch used in embroidery, in that a chain of knots is formed. The stitch forms the outer spine of the book and many beautiful book designs can be made from Coptic stitching.

In this short and informative workshop, you'll learn all about Coptic stitch bookbinding. You'll be taught about bookbinding materials, terminology, and how to assemble the various parts of your book - including paper folding, signatures, hardcovers and bindings. You'll end the session with at least one handmade, hand bound book to take home with you.

What’s Included?

All materials you will use are included in the cost of the course, but you are welcome to bring along your own if you choose. Our studios are environmentally friendly where possible and use greener methods of screen printing, such as water-based acrylic inks. Completing this course will act as an Induction to book into our Screen Printing Studio should you wish to.

Do I need to prepare anything beforehand?

Feel free to bring paper, drawings, printed photos or anything you’d like to include as pages in your books.

Tickets: £30

What happens after the course?

After you’ve completed your course, you are free to book into our open access printmaking studios. Your course acts as an induction but if you feel like you would benefit from more info about our studios before booking a session we offer free health & safety inductions, just email:

We also offer a Bluecoat Artist Memberships scheme, which has lots of amazing perks for practicing and aspiring local printmakers. You can find out more information here:

Got any questions?

If you have any questions about the course or our studios, please email:

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  • The Bluecoat cafe and building floors are fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
  • The print studios are not adapted for wheelchair users. If you would like to do a print workshop with us but are unsure about accessibility, please contact the Print Studio manager at:

Getting here:

Bluecoat is located in Liverpool city centre and is easily accessible using public transport.

  • The closest bus stop is Tesco Hanover Street
  • The closest railway station is Liverpool Central Station

(Attendees must be 18+)

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