Handmade Monday: Venetian Blind and Coptic With Paired Needles Bindings

I made two very different books this week, and don’t ask me to pick a favorite because it would be impossible; I’m absolutely enamored by both! 🙂

I made the Venetian Blind Book first. It was incredibly simple, but very effective. It’s beautiful, fits easily in my hand and is sturdy and and fun to play with (it makes pretty shapes and even doubles as a necklace if you’re feeling a bit goofy—I never claimed to be mature! 😉 ). I think this binding would be perfect for writing a favorite poem or motivational saying inside and hanging on the wall or carrying in your purse. In these days of instantly relayed messages, it could also be a delicious, unexpected little gift to send someone via old school snail mail…

This week’s second book was a coptic binding. It wasn’t a new structure for me (I learned how to make coptic notebooks quite a while back and even constructed several recently to give away as Christmas gifts during the holidays) but this variation was a fun new twist! If you look closely at the exposed spine, you’ll notice that there are two intertwined colors of thread—blue and gold. This trick was achieved with four strands of thread and four needles. It was a bit more complex than the version I’m used to, but the final product was well worth the extra effort!

Both of these binding can be found in Alisa Golden’s wonderful little gem, Making Handmade Books. Check it out for some great new ideas…and some happy bookbinding!

Materials Used:

  1. Venetian Blind Book: Typing paper (pages), bookboard covered in Japanese paper (covers).
  2. Coptic Binding: Strathmore Toned gray sketch paper, medium surface (pages), bookboard covered in decorative paper (cover), decorative paper (endsheets), waxed linen thread (exposed binding).

Handmade Monday 2016 is all about books! Handmade books, that is! So, if you share my strange addiction to paper folding, cutting, and binding, Handmade Monday posts were written just for you! Please browse, enjoy, share your suggestions, and let me know what creative fun you’re up too as well! 🙂


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