CraftED: Intro to Coptic Binding with Debra Frances


Craft is a slow process that is best understood through participation. The Manitoba Craft Council has always aimed to promote and advocate for fine craft and its makers in Manitoba, and we are excited to be offering high quality, craft-based workshops to the public at C2 Centre for Craft.

This style of binding is perfect for creating unique sketch books, journals, guest books or photo books.

Coptic binding dates back to the 4th century where the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making was adapted. A herring bone chain stitch was used to bind sections of papyrus and later parchment together between wooden covers. The result is a book that is flexible without sacrificing strength.Because of its unique structure, the pages of a coptic bound book will lay completely flat which makes it perfect for displaying images, writing or sketching.

In this series of workshops each student will create two books, one with customized covers using decorative paper and one with the traditional wooden covers, binding them together using the two needle coptic stitch.


Class runs: Saturday, February 2nd, 9th + 23rd, 2019

1:00 pm – 3:00pm


Registration deadline: Thursday, January 17th, 2019


Registration: $115

Registration includes all materials and supplies.


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Meet your Instructor:

Debra Frances


“I’ve always been a maker, raised in an environment where innovation and creativity were nurtured and where material skill was valued. I made my first book in 2006, a simple artists’ book for my school-aged daughter, and was immediately drawn into the world of bookbinding. I was so compelled with how the compact form of the book can house so many wide-ranging ideas.

I have come to appreciate the slowness of making books. It is often a laborious process, but one that is mindful. It has a quiet rhythm, and requires patience. You simply cannot rush. I love the finished product, but for me, the process has become just as important. It is an antidote to my busy, frequently over-digitalized life.”

~ Debra Frances

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