Further your bookbinding skills by learning how to make your own notebook in the traditional coptic structure. This historical stitch has been used since the 11th century and is also known as the "chain stitch" due to its knotted, symmetrical appearance. The resulting book is spineless, allowing it to open completely flat for all your sketching and writing needs! You are welcome to bring your own decorative papers for the covers. Some previous bookbinding experience is strongly recommended.

Level: Intermediate

Double-Needle Coptic Stitch; Sep 21; 10am-4pm

How did you find out about this workshop?
    • Date & Time: Saturday, September 21, 10am-4pm
    • Materials Fee: $15, payable to Pyramid on day of class
    • Instructor: Jamila Zahra Felton

    Born in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Jamila began painting and creating mixed media collage while studying at Spelman College. Soon after, she developed a love for printmaking, pattern design, and bookbinding.

    Jamila 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 seventeen years of experience educating youth and adults.

    Jamila is a member of Pyramid Atlantic and was Pyramid's first ever Gregory Vita Paper Arts Resident in Summer 2018. Jamila is also an editor and writer. Her poetry is published in Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, bum rush the page: a def poetry jam, Sally Hemings Dreams, and within her artist books and zines. Her visual art is published in Loam: Permaculture in Practice and MelaNation, Issue 1.​ Jamila blossoms in Washington, DC with her husband Melvin, a scientist/writer/musician, their son Malcolm, and their dog Theory.

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