Ludington Area Center for the Arts
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Coptic Bookbinding w/ Ellen Niemann

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host area artist Ellen Niemann for a one-day Coptic Bookbinding workshop. During the workshops students will learn to create their own travel journal or sketch book. All materials will be provided by the teacher.


This is a one-day workshop will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., although we may finish early, and for those interested, a demonstration of accordion folded books will be given if time allows. Cost of the workshop is $75 for LACA members and $85 for non-members.

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Coptic binding or Coptic sewing comprises methods of bookbinding employed by the early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century. The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style.

In the morning a demonstration of customizing your book covers will be given. Students may work along – creating their own book covers, or may just watch the demo for future reference. Covers will be built from mat board so you may choose not to add any extra decorative paper.


The rest of the class will focus on Coptic stitching to bind your book. This requires some hand strength and coordination.


Materials and tools used during the workshop include: mat board, sturdy paper (wall paper samples) for covers, paper for signatures, waxed thread, large needles, slender awl, a bone folder, template for marking holes.


If you have a personal preference for paper, please bring your own. Niemann will teach students how to measure, cut and fold paper for signatures.


Student are also asked to bring a sack lunch and or snack.