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Instructional Book on Coptic Headbands, 2nd Edition

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This instructional book covers 6 headbands: the original Coptic headband, and 5 variations that I found in early Summer 2009.

The book contains step by step instructions, each accompanied by plenty of photos. The Coptic binding itself is not explained, only the modifications that you'll have to do for the attachment of the headbands are covered. It is assumed that you know how to Coptic bind a book. Materials and tools that you need for a book with such a headband are: A hole punch or awl, paper for the signatures of your book, covers for your book, bookbinding thread, and one or two straight bookbinding needles.

Each book is handmade after your order, please allow up to 3 work days for delivery. The copy that is delivered to you might differ slightly in color of the cardstock. And the end sheets are cut from different sheets of paper with different leaves printed upon them.

The contents:
The book has 10 chapters, one for each of the following instructions, plus a foreword, a chapter on general preparations, a chapter explaining how to do the whole construction mirror symmetric (interesting for left handed persons), and a troubleshooting chapter at the end. The six Coptic headbands included are: the usual one-colored headband, the simple two-colored headband, the plain two-colored headband, the true double headband, the poor double headband, and the fake double headband.

The Binding:
The book has 66 pages, laser-printed on a white paper. It is bound with a stabstitch (with a little trick that allows for this sewn-on cover from red cardstock with no threads on the outside). All pages are scored, open properly, and stay open easily also at the end of the book. The decorative frontsheet is a thick handmade rice paper with leaves printed on some of them. At the back the book is enforced by an additional piece of cardstock.

Some More Data:
Pictures: The book contains 100 photos plus the title image and 1 sketch.
Language: English
Size: 20cm x 20xm x 0.5cm that's a little less than 8"x8"x1\/4"

This is the second, improved edition of this self-published book. Changes from the first edition include 14 additional photos, an additional instruction for an alternative start of the traditional Coptic headband, corrected typos and clearer formulations.

Instructional Book on Coptic Headbands, 2nd Edition


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