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Make Your Own Coptic Sketchbook

December 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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2-day workshop: Thursdays, December 9 and 16, 6pm-9pm In-Studio

From making your own handmade paper to then binding it using the coptic stitch, you’ll create a beautiful sketchbook that’s uniquely yours!

“Pyramid Atlantic is a wonderful resource for the community … the printing and paper arts workshops are wonderful.“—Workshop Attendee


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Workshop Description:

An In-Studio Workshop!

Learn how to make your own sketchbook in the traditional coptic structure, a historical stitch that has been used since the 11th century. This type of book is spineless, allowing it to open completely flat for all your sketching and writing needs!

The first day of this two-part workshop is spent in the paper studio, where you will make sheets of cotton paper that will be suitable to hold both dry and wet media. The paper will dry for a few days and be used in the following week in the bindery.

On the second day, you will learn the single-needle coptic (chain) stitch and use it to bind your handmade sheets of cotton paper into a beautiful sketchbook. You are welcome to bring your own decorative papers for the covers. No experience necessary!

Level: Beginner

Registration closes November 30, 2021 and includes a $15 materials fee to cover all consumable supplies provided in class.

Featured image(s) by Jamila Felton


Please Note (as of September 10, 2021): Pyramid values the health and wellbeing of our artists, teachers, students, staff, and visitors. At this time, we are choosing to remain more conservative than many local ordinances and require mask wearing in all public spaces in the building. 

Taking an in-person class at Pyramid has potential for close physical contact between the students and teachers. As part of our commitment to providing a safe work environment and reducing the potential exposure or transmission of Covid-19, we request that on the first day of class you provide either proof of vaccination or proof of recent negative Covid-19 test results (within 72 hrs). If you are unable to provide these documents, please contact the front desk for a health screening questionnaire. Pyramid will offer a full refund to anyone at any time if they feel unwell or that they may put others at risk of exposure.

Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns.

Workshop Details:

  • Date and Time: 2-day workshop: Thursdays, December 9 and 16, 6pm-9pm, In Studio
  • Instructor: Jamila Felton
    Jamila Felton has  a love for printmaking, pattern design, and bookbinding. She graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. A former Boston and DC public school teacher, Jamila works as a school librarian and has over nineteen years of experience educating youth and adults.Jamila was Pyramid’s first ever Gregory Vita Paper Arts Resident in Summer 2018. She is also an accomplished editor and writer. Jamila “blossoms” in Washington, DC with her husband Melvin, a scientist-writer-musician, their sons Malcolm and Jahlil, and their dog, Theory.
  • Materials: Registration includes a $15 materials fee to cover all of the consumable materials provided in class. Students should also consider bringing the following optional materials:
    • Personal apron (waterproof recommended) – Day 1
    • Shoes with good tread (waterproof is a plus) – Day 1
    • Decorative papers for the cover of the sketchbook – Day 2

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