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Making a Fabric Covered Coptic Stitched Sketchbook

Courtney Mace

Making a Fabric Covered Coptic Stitched Sketchbook

Courtney Mace

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7 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Handmade Sketchbooks

    • 3. Lesson 2: What you need

    • 4. Lesson 3: The Covers

    • 5. Lesson 4: Making the Signatures

    • 6. Lesson 5: Putting it Together

    • 7. Bonus Video!

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In this class we will be making a hand made sketchbook with some beautiful watercolour paper and a fabric encased cover. We will be putting it all together with a coptic stitch. 

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1. Introduction: and welcome to my school class minutes. Kourtney Mason. I'm a creator here in school. She I am just starting in. My career is an honest on a previously limitation in my previous life talk. So today their class, we're gonna be making these beautiful hand made schedule. Beautiful war colored paper using a Coptic stitch binding. So come and join us in. Listen, one of you learn how to make these families. 2. Lesson 1: Handmade Sketchbooks: and OK, so like a city in the introduction, we're going to make it be making this beautiful watercolor sketch book. We're using a Coptic stitch binding, and I thought I just show you some other journals that I made. I'm lovemaking, sketchbooks and journals and things like that from scratch. Um, not a lot of these are actually being made. I was originally going to start getting into junk journaling, and then I didn't. So this is another one where I've just used a pamphlet stitch well into I don't actually think the smart, urbane, just some chipboard that I covered in material. So and I've used a range of different papers so you can see I've got pattern painted papers ago from us. An old atlas just lined paper. Could that have died some coloring book pages. The dictionary are no sex, that money that's from a encyclopedia page, just bits of card stuff that I got. I have so much paper in my house, I want to use them up. So I was thinking, I think I will do a different school share class on that one. He's another one. This is the same way we're doing the one today that have done thes, but I've done it in all different types. So there is actually want 46 and nine signatures in this one interviews, crucially cotton to do the Coptic stitch. And this is my current sketchbook. So you could have done. I actually got sketches and pictures and stuff like that in there, and sometimes I'll paint over a page like this one. I painted over the book page and then used paint pens to to do my drawings on top. Same with this one. Um, another pages. I just draw straight onto the page. Whatever it is there I want. I want to start getting into, uh, wash more. So I'm happy to have a page out decent, and I'll do wash over the top of that. I think that's great. And like I said, you have got so many bits of paper around that I'm happy to make some journals like this, and at the end of the day, that's great. It makes me use more than just a pencil. These paint pens I'm using texters, all sorts of things, and I'm still sketching just as much as I love. He's another one with summering binding, some wiring binding. Think old school share class. And this is very similar to the ones who were doing today. Just the binding is very different. So there were individual pages. I've done one or two drawings in it, but you say my style. I use ink and these things. They're just showing you some different variations of the same thing. So these two are the exact same Zach. Same watercolor paper, exact same binding of used the crow shade cotton. I find the crash a cotton is easier to use. I just had waxed wine, and I'm trying to use up stuff that have already got. You've got this beautiful dragon place cover. And then there's the plain black inside and you can see some markings he from the wet glue . And that's the difference between the wet going on the drug, which I go into a little bit more in a later lesson. So they're just slight differences. They are actually old pants of mine that I used to have. I got them incurring Cambodia, and they they ripped, loved him, so I just turned him into way. Do I'm all about up cycling so I have that much stuff. I want to make them into something and use it. So today I'm going to do these bad boy right here. All right. Saying the next listen. 3. Lesson 2: What you need : and so what you need is some paper for your signature. So I've got this Winslow watercolor paper pad. It's there's 100 sheets at 200 GSM. It's just a really good quality watercolor paper. Basically, it's cold pressed, acid free or that hullabaloo all the good stuff, and it's nine by 12. So it's a bit bigger than what what Australians call a four. So it's bigger than bigger than your 8.5 by 11. We have lots of watercolor paper there. Poor our cup. That's press images. So for our covers, I've got two bits of chipboard. Liza, just super thick. It's a cardboard. I bought them in a pack Azaz to put behind Prince and things like that on. I've just cut them down to 5.5 by eight inches. I was going to try doing a fire size, but this is pretty close, but not exact, but 5.5 by eight. We need to one for the back one for the front. It will Sanli's asking each. Is that, of course, to cover Owl cuppers, we need some fabric. Now I'm going to be doing this really cool. Well, im my fabric for mine here. It's really funny. These really cute. It's bit whimsical, so I'm going to do these alarm a fabric for my front covers. Now that goes kind of on one side of the covers, so it will kind of go that side. That's the front, and then when you open it, you'll still be able to see the back. So I've just got a plain black fabric for the back side of it. Now you can see they're both cart just a little bigger than the cover, but we'll go through that when we look at the cover. It's been a day, Ah, fabric from the outside of the cover fabric for the inside of the cover of just I and them just so they're nice and flat. Course you need some scissors to cut down your fabric, so I've already cut them down. But I'll go through that when we look at doing our covers. I got a paper Truman year just for trimming down a pages mentioned. They're the right size a paper pizza here for poking the holes for our stitching and, of course, for a sitting, we need some twine now This is waxed wine I don't normally like using to wax time. But I have this sitting on my desk at Speicher's as it's fairly inexpensive, and it's just got for five different colors so that pink was in the middle there. I've taken it off. I usually like to use, like rochet putting cotton because I think it's a good thickness. But it's also really malleable and easy to use and easy to stitch, basically, and it fits in needles nicely. But today I've got some works waxed towards, so we'll see how that goes. I've also got to be able to stick the fabric to the cover I've got my this buys Eireann. It's a creative station and you essentially porch. You're covering one side and it comes out with the heat adhesive on the other, so I'll show you how I'm gonna use that when we get to it. But I've also got because that does fairly large spaces. What I got just some double sided, say, also from cause as because it's a really good it's really permanent, and it's really good. It's really strong holding, so you'll also need at some needles. So I got these from Big W in Australia. There, Mrs Needles, and they're just good needles have used them a few times, and I try to get him back in, And they so hard to get in and out of the pack or so basically are just ah, thicker Natal. There end is not as shop. And there I is a lot bigger. So we should be able to fit the waxed wine through that court nicely. So I think we're ready to get started. See you in the next lesson. 4. Lesson 3: The Covers: way. We're ready to do a cover now. Out cover our chipboard. I cut down to 5.5 by eight inches, so I've cut my material. Put my board on the material like that and I cut around it. So it's got a bit of a leap because what we'll do is we'll stick it on and then, well, actually fold these bits over because we want to be able to cover that edge. So let's double it to see how we go. How are we going to tease and zoom out a little bit cause I'm getting my creative station? So I've got this creative section. I haven't used this very often to do these, but I realize that it is actually so much easier. So you literally pop in chipboard. So we literally put in out your board in the side, and then we just wind it through. Give it to be about Sergey wanted haste, and he's needs to go down way. Slice it off when appeal of peace acting shape, we left we another beckoned sheet, and in between there we would appeal these side off. We're left with sticky side Bilbao, so I'm just gonna do that again. And the cartridge I got in here is a permanent Hastey. So which is a Noyce? We always like a good permanent. And, hey, see, it's just so much easier. I used to use wet blue for these, but I you know, I realized that he sees just very much easier now what I am going to do that takes away the extra sticky stuff around it. We're actually going to put it through face down now way. Want to make both sides sticky? Now, we're just gonna get asked season. I'm just gonna I'm gonna cut these down to the size of the actual piece of chipboard. What? Close to it. It's not exact. So, again, we want the side. Teoh, get the adhesive to be face down because we've already put there. He's even the inside. We're gonna pop it, Ian. Wonderful on and chop it off. And then we got two sides, all that shit board with adhesive on. So take my clear hurting off again, and we're ready to roll so quickly. Just do these sword now. Okay? So l front covers are ready. So I got my outside cover. My outside lama cover seems to increase to be. Anyway, I'm these quickly. It wasn't very well, as you can say is big creased. So ready to go. So I'm gonna actually just flip that are Ivar. I'm pop it there, and then I'm going to remove it. He's the backing sheet of the sea just to be safe. I am the backing. She took some of the sticky stuff with it, Which is why I've got this tape here is Well, so I'm just gonna add some of these two because I just want to make sure these cover doesn't leave. Okay, that should do. I'm not too worried about it. Okay, so now that covers super sticky. So I'm just gonna pop it down in the middle, like so. Now we're going to remove the back side. Yes. So most of the sticky stuff, my speed Haiti. So most of the adhesive has stuck down. Now, when I do my corners, I don't cut them like I do when I'm covering a book. So I actually fold over the corner like so now I used to do it weekly, So then put like a bunch of wet glue on there, but we'll just pop a little bit of tape. So then I just put this corner over and you just let the corner dictate exactly where. So now I'm just gonna pop a bit of tight along that corner because we're going to be folding it over, and I want all of it to stick down. I don't want bits to be hanging up. So again, another beat a type. Pop it on there and we just take off the backing. It wants to come up. Yeah, there we go. Right. So I got the backing off the and then we can just fold the saver like so and then we're just gonna repeat that to the opposite end. Now, with this side, we just need to literally fold it over. Like I said, now that I've got all of my sides down and then pursed m really nicely, I'm now going to at extra Hastey because now this is not sticky, these beauties, but this bit isn't so. I'm just gonna run around the edges off the the edges off my cover with more double sided tape. So a lot of my double sided tape is down and I've got better make sure I've got my other side ready. Now. This is only a really light fabric. This one. Now this one is very much bigger, like very much larger than the size. It's also much tall are but it is wide up. But that's okay. We're gonna be trimming those inches now. Don't get me wrong, Whip glue is great and you get a great holes depending on the type of glue use. But my I don't like when it seeps through the material because I like using material. And sometimes you get the wig glue because I used way too much, it seeps her, and it just stained the cover. And I just I'm not a fan. I'm not a big fan of that, Rana. So I hope that material, Dan, it's always easy at a place you material down and then place the cover on top because you can actually see where you going, and you're not gonna go off the edge flipper over. But the great thing about a good thing I find about wet glue at this point is that if there is a big crease, you can readjust a move. Whereas that is now stuck. If there you can see all of the folds and things. But I'm not too worried about that. It's solar black in. The only reason why you can see it quite so well is because of the light. I've got the natural light coming in after the door. So all they need to do is I'm eating at my good Caesar's Flip It, Iva. And I'm just gonna trim around the edges family enough and I just go alone The cover. My cover is the guide now, as you say, and he's sorry, missy So Michigan to grab a small of Paris eases. So just got these little scissors, which are may have may, may or may not have stolen from the hospital once. But I'm just going to go along the edge and just clean up some of the beets that are a bit haggard looking. So what we're going to do now is just do the exact same thing without other cover. And while you're watching, I'm just going to play some nice music and I'll check to at the end, enjoy way now . We got just some craft really here because there's a couple of beats up, just not stuck down. I'm just gonna pop a little bit. Practically so this is acid free blue and all. I'm going to just pop it on some of the corners. That one seems all right. So there are at two covers, so they're going to say, That's going to sandwich. Get him out the right way out. So that will be more than likely front cover because I've got the scar in the middle. And then that's a bad cover. So there was sandwich l signature, so I think we're ready to make a singing. 5. Lesson 4: Making the Signatures: way. Before we start our signatures, I always like Teoh wash my hands and clean my hands really well, especially. I've just handled blue because what will happen ease is if I touch the pages and then I go to use watercolor on it wherever my fingers have touched. If I had grease or a bit of oil or whatever on my hands, wherever touched, the pages will resist the watercolor. So I'm just going Teoh, use a baby, wipe and really clean. At least my fingertips really will. I said I'm not moisturizing having moisturized today. It'll I'm just going to clean my hands. Really Super well, just so we don't ruin the paper for whoever is using its if its way, you're someone if I decide to sell it. So I got this number 12 pad Now I the pages too, Big Al cover ease. 5.5 by eight. So I'm gonna fold each of these pages in the half when we're making our signature. So they need to be doubled, but the same height. So my height of this is eight inches and my width is 5.5. So my width is going to be 11 so we needed to cut pages 11 by eight. Now, if you want to cut your pages a little bit smaller so that the cover overhangs a bit your mom welcome. But I quite like the look off the pages being the same size as the cover and even some of the pages Hangover Butte, because when we folded, the pages in the middle are going to stick out a little further than the pages on the outside off the signature. Oh, and a signature is essentially a bunch of pages that you fold in half and then stitch in. So for every a signature is a set of pages folded in half, and that will become more clear as we actually create our signatures. You'll say that in a minute. I've already pre cut 15 pages off this Winslow watercolor paper, so this is 11 long by eight white high. These papers quite figures 200 GSM, so I'm only any use of three sheets in a signature. You don't want to overload your signatures. It won't close as well because they want to go out on bond. It just becomes bulky and and doesn't sit nicely. Another thing I forgot to tell you in there. What you need is we can actually use a burn phone. Make sure those creases of pages are really nice. I've got 15 sheets here. We're going to make five signatures with 33 sheets in each. So once we folded in half, there'll be six pages, six double sided pages in each signature. So then, if you double that's 12 pages, 12 times five is 60 so it becomes 60 page schedule, which I think is a decent amount. This watercolor paper is a little bit smoother on one side, so I try to always make sure my fold is the same. So the rap sides, always in the middle of the cold or the rap sides always on the outside of fold just to keep some that consistency, that pattern throughout the book. I just think that's a great idea. I'm just going to move that up. I'll show you the first signature before we before I speed it up. So I'm going to fold the pages individually, especially with this. Think of watercolor paper. If you decide to duel three shades together and you won't get that Chris Bold and that Chris Bold helps keep it nice and together, essentially. So it stops it from doing the same thing. As I said before, when you over pack the signatures, it'll start flaring out. It just sits nice. You could say that doesn't want to open, which is exactly what you want. But yet we can open it flat if we want to do. There's one shape I'm remembering rough side in the middle. You don't have to give, you don't care. And don't worry about it. Like I said earlier, I think I'll probably sold this one because I have had about seven sketchbooks going at once. All right, so I'm gonna pop my first sheet inside that secretary so you can see I've started making a bit of a booklet, and so that just goes inside there like that. Anyone more sheet to finish off that signature, But again, get my two pages just gonna open it up, pop it in the middle, and there is my first signature done, and you can see it is quite thick, but it is a decent amount you might want to make it for I don't know. It's up to you depends what paper you use and depends on ah, whole plethora of things. So that's one of my C images there. Four. Mortar. I'll speed the speed up because I'm just basically folding pages way. There are my five signatures now. Minds going to be delivery. Speak sketchbook. As you can see, it's going to be fairly speen, but I'm OK with that. So that's five signatures with Reina each signature, the couple will go that side and then a cover will go this side and it will see it. And that's how it will look from the top of the front side. And of course, we'll have our stitching down here, which is what we're going to be doing next we're going to put together 6. Lesson 5: Putting it Together: and with the first step in putting it together is making the holes. So we need to, first of all, Mark where we're going to put our whole. So I'm just gonna grab one of the soon teaches now, and you can just adjust these. If you've made something that's only four inches were, then you just do three holes, one at each inch. So for this one, I'm just going to go in from each of the edges. I'm just going to go and I want a market along the edge on the actual corner off the signature on to I go three in for me. It's sorry. I don't know if you're gonna be able to see that. So it just made little marks at one inch, but three inches in this waste that is 123 And then I did the same in the other side. 123 So there is a two inch gap in the middle where I won't have a whole set of me doing that on every single one. All I do is I just grab all my signatures like this, and I usually do it down like this, but you can't really see. So it's going to make sure all my signatures air together. If you had a paperclip war, a bulldog clip or something, you could do that also. And I'm just gonna lay it down across like that and he's gonna run my pencil along that it's a lot easier doing it like this. The trick is just making sure you're going. All the signatures lined up. Otherwise, when you stitch it, they weren't. That will be a bit so you can just see there how I've marked all of them. So there's 123 in on that side, and then 123 on that side and you can see there's a two inch gap in the middle on. That's just the way I like to do my signatures. So now we need to put some holes in our covers now to put the holes in our covers again. We just grabbed one of s signatures. That's my front cover, so we need to make sure that my holes are down this side, so I just make sure got it'll lined up for us. But all of the my signatures, because you don't want to flip one just in case. And then the holes. And what? That signature? Well, there might be a little bit out, but then I'm going to now got it lined up. I know. I want my My signature fold is this side. And I want what? My holes on that side. So I'm just gonna flip it over because I don't want to mark the front of the cover. I'm gonna go in about Khalfani. I don't worry about measuring this because it doesn't really matter. You don't go to these firing like no. Like, I would say, a maximum of about half a knee. She don't wanna waste you cotton. Okay, so I'm just going to mark along my cover exactly where I have already marked on my on my signature. So I just used ah, white Gilpin just too lightly. Mark there is. So now I need to get my old by a paper pizza, whatever you got, and I'm literally going to piece these holes, make sure they're nice and barely big holes. You don't want him to be massive, but you do want them to be slightly bigger than your needle. Otherwise, you're going to be fighting it the whole time. So if I get my NATO, you can actually see I actually might put it in and just loosen it up a little bit just because my needle is actually thicker then my all. Now you might want to have just a baby wipe on hand because some of that Haseeb is actually transferring onto my needle. So that covers done. What I need to do is a need to line it up. So you want to line it up like a Ziff. It's the actual book. Thank a. So make sure my two insides of my covers of facing in make sure they're both up the right way. They up the right way yet now I'm just going to go straight through my pre existing holes. So that's our covers. Dumb Now all we need to do it. It's just peaceful these holes. When you are piecing your holes, try to add a paper clear, pour a bulldog clip just to keep them all together so that one shape doesn't sleep, and then your your signature will be out of whack. With that one page will be out of work, so all you do is you just line them up, put a clip on a Nazi now holds a pierced in our paper in our covers, we essentially want to pop out, cover around aus images. We're going to place that in front of us, cover side up. So we want to make sure that these but where the holes are facing us so that we can stitch it. And what you going to do is we're actually going to start with the back cover now. If you want, you can flip it. You could start with the front cover. It really makes no difference at all. So I'm just gonna leave it like that, and all I'm going to do is we need to leave it in the order that it is so. But this is exactly the order of signatures. I want they're in the right order. So I'm just gonna play. Sit down. I'm gonna flip over all of my book except for one signature and my cover. Now I've got here my piece of wax trend. Now I'm not entirely sure exactly how much you need. I just But I do a fairly long piece. And if we run out, then That's okay. We can always add more. That's easy enough to do. It's not an issue at all. Hopefully I've got enough pink through. Okay, so you need to make sure I've I've put this on. So when I use when I usually want to use crow Shea Cotton, I would double it. Entire. Not. And the end with the two threads. But because this wax thread is actually quite thick and sturdy, I'm not going to double. I'm just going to use a single strand, and I'm just going to pour are not in the bottom of it. So I'm just gonna gonna do a double. Not because I just don't want it coming out. Okay, A lot. That. So we're gonna get start in the middle, going to go or not go out now. My signature had moved. That's why I had difficulty. Sorry. I'm gonna pull that through. So we're currently just out of off the signature. We're going to go around to the back of the cover and come through upwards like that. Pull it through. I make sure I'm always on my on the left side of the strand like that. So you can say the strands come out the side of it because we're gonna pull that tight. And now we're just going to loop around the loop with just created. So we're gonna stick it through underneath that looks there and pool. So you can say if you cut your thread too long, you can end up with a lot of different. A lot of knots and things like that. Now we're going to do is we're gonna go back through the hole in the signature into the middle. And again, I'm still holding this strand trying to keep that Dyson time. You will need to tighten it anyway, later on. Great from one. Now you can see my knots kind of come forward. So I'm just going Teoh. Poor little bathroom. Tighten it up again. All right, so now we've come back through and are we going to do is we're going to go to the next hole , go out of their signature, and we're gonna do the exact same thing. So we have come out of our signature. We're going to go underneath how? Cover up and out. You see that? And it's made that loop. We're gonna head back under that one, making our little not like thing and then back into So without last stitch in out on a couple here, we're going to do the same thing. So we have just come out of the signature. We go around the cover, pull it out, pull it nice and tight. Usually I double check that it's tight in the middle, is well around your Luke. And then instead of going back into the signature and to put it down and I'm going to grab my next signature, So then I'm going to go into this, that whole off. That's next signature. Okay, Once I got in that hole, I'm gonna go out the next hole, and all I'm going to do now is for this one. And for the remaining signatures ago, around the last, the stitch before the stitching, the signature before. So I go around that and then I go back into my top signature. So pull it north and taught. Then I'm gonna go back out my sink next hole. That way again, I'm at the end of the signature out through the hole. I got out the last hole I loop around the previous signature stitch. But instead of going into my signature there, I add my next. See, - when I get that warm, we're going to join the last and the cover at the same time. So I'm just gonna put that down. So I've got the signature of just come out off my last nature and then my cover, so I'm actually going to go through my cover first. So I've come out of the previous signature in down into the cover. So you could say I've got my loose signature here. I'm actually still going to go through around my previous to previous stitch in the signature, my previous signature, the one that's secured, and then we're going to go into the loose signature there. This is tricky because it can get very loose and floppy and things like that. So then we're gonna go back out through the signature through the loss in nature, huh? Through the cover into the back was the cover. I don't have enough string he to finish it off. So I'm just going to show you how if you run out of string mid project, you can change it. So are we going to do? Is once way back into the middle of our signature and doesn't matter where that happens in the whole process. As long as you're in the middle of the signature, Don't do it when you've only got a little tiny bit. Try to do it when you got about 56 inches left. So that way it's a lot easier to do his part. So you're just going to go around underneath that previous loop and all you're going to do is you're just going to tie a knot again and then you trim it. Just tuck it in under there. Just sex stays nice and neat on. When you start the next stream, you just do the exact same thing as when we first started. So you thread your needle tire? No, in the end, and then you literally just go through the next hole. Likas. If you never stopped, then you're gonna do the same thing as you did when we swapped out. Throw it over. We're gonna just pop it under like that to be longer threads would be harder to see and then try. No. Then loop it under. Trim it down. And, um, if he's done was Get trim. That wanna be Look at that. That looks really cool. It's a perfect I love it. So I got my llamas. We've got 60 pages, beautiful watercolor paper to sketch on. And then we got a llama on the back as well, and that he's a perfect done. 7. Bonus Video!: Okay, lets do not work in Al new sketchbook. Okay? I love using ink, and I love using ink with a stick. So I actually use the opposite end of my my paintbrush. And hey, I don't sketch either. I, uh, sketch with the ink And today because, Okay, where we've just done nama No drama llama sketchbook front. I thought I would do a llama cooling. So enjoy. I'm gonna sketching some ink and then Leadsom watercolor. So enjoy. Hopefully you Ken person. The project page. You're what? Your first drawing in your new sketchbook looks like. That would be great. I love to say some of your Goering's enjoy actually enjoy this time. I'm not. So there you have it. My finished artwork. It's a bony, A very rough sketch Top Inc study drawing these at the tops of sketches. I like to do a my my sketchbooks. So I really would love it if you posted your sketches Show. May show ever run or your sketches and, uh, your journals to love to see them really excited. Don't forget shape