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Double Needle Coptic

April 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join this two hour workshop to learn the Double Needle Coptic binding and make strong books that can withstand rough use.

The classic single needle Coptic binding produces strong, long lasting books that open 360°. By using two needles at once and eliminating the link stitches, the Double Needle Coptic binding produces even stronger books that can withstand a lot of rough use while retaining flexibility. It is also a very useful stitch for those making small books as you can make thick books with only two holes! Perfect for those with a lot to say. As this stitch can be a little challenging, due to time constraints I ask you to fold your paper in advance but there will be a video to guide you. This online class requires students to have a device to join the class with reliable internet access.


Supplies needed: a tool to poke holes with, 2 needles, thread, copy paper, at most a half hour of folding paper, and a cereal box.

An more in depth list is available: https://tinyurl.com/yybkydll

About the Instructor

After a taste of simple glue based bookbinding in high school, Teresa Silva began to teach herself how to bind books from books she borrowed from the library. After a very brief interlude of learning to bind books properly from professionals (but not really becoming better at glue), she shifted her focus onto exposed spine, non-adhesive bindings as well as Asian stab bindings that can be made using simple tools and all sorts of easily procured materials. She has tested whether they can be sewn almost anywhere during her life as a broke archaeologist. Find her @ http://www.instagram.com/unwornworld


$15 Community / $30 Cost of Workshop / $45 Sponsor

In an effort to keep workshops accessible to as many as possible, while compensating our instructors fairly and covering Soapbox costs, we’re pleased to offer a sliding scale. Our “Cost of Workshop” rate is the real cost of our workshop, and we need most people to register at this rate to run the workshop. For those who are able, please consider selecting the “Sponsor” rate to allow someone who cannot afford the real cost to participate. If you are someone experiencing hardship, please register at the “Community” rate. In evaluating where you fall on the scale, we ask you to consider the difference between sacrifice (making trade-offs in my discretionary spending) vs. hardship (paying full cost for this workshop prevents me from meeting basic needs). For further guidance and information, visit http://www.phillysoapbox.org/sliding-scale/.


April 17
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


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