Yesterday I had a day's teaching in binding Coptic Books from Lori Sauer at Pewsey. The teaching was on two particular aspects - which I had no experience of. The first was the use of thick wooden covers with holes drilled in the edge and stitched through the covers. The covers were quarter sawn walnut 6.5 mm thick. I was nervous about drilling into the covers at an angle but it all worked although not perfectly aligned and tidy. This was child's play compared with the next bit which was the real reason for going. Coptic books tend to swivel on the back stitching. Putting on a head band , which is the stitching across the covers and textblock at the top and bottom of the book, goes a long way to sorting that out.
But it is not easy and I spent a lot of time unpicking the stitching. Lori was very patient and I mostly did the second section myself. I have notes but I need to make another one very soon - like today but that is not going to happen. Her method of stitching across the spine of the book is good as the chain stitch shows up clearly and the tension is even. It does mean working with four needles at once!!!
It was a long day. I left home at 0730 am and got back home at 0700 pm. So nothing got done last night. The Omar Khayyam book is not going to get finished today!!