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This is my first attempt with Coptic bookbinding. The objective with this project was to show that with ordinary office paper, some cardboard and a linen thread I could, in fact, make a book without glue, cutting-machine, press etc. Mission completed.
The book feels stable, and can lay flat at any page. What it lacks is finish and elegance. Next time I will try to be more precise with cutting the cardboard and making the holes. I also need to make the cover a bit wider as the binding makes the cover to retract a couple of mm. Perhaps I also will glue two pieces of cardboard together to make the cover stiffer and perhaps glue on a fancy marbled paper.
Addendum: On Fountain Pen Network there has been a discussion thread about this coptic binding of mine: