Laurel Herbeck – Coptic Cross Stitch Journal

InstructorLaurel Herbeck
Skill LevelIntermediate
Length of Workshop2 days
Date (s)Saturday–Sunday, June 29–30, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 2 days + $35 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$385

Workshop Description:

This journal combines Coptic stitch and Cross-stitch in an elegant and stunning binding. The Coptic stitch is a two-needle across the spine sewing, while the Cross stitch is sewn along the binding simultaneously as the Coptic stitches progress to form a complex stitched binding. For this two day class the instructor will provide the pre-cut book board, an assortment of decorative papers (washi or marbled papers) for the cover linings, choices of backcloth for the covers, a choice of waxed linen and embroidery thread colors, text weight paper (pre-cut) for the text block, and Bugra paper for section guards and cover linings.

The first day students will fold and punch paper, cover book board, select thread and begin the Coptic stitch in the first three sections. The second day will be spent learning the cross-stitch and completing the spine sewing. In addition, pockets may be added to compensate for the spine thickness. If time allows we will add the pockets in class, If not students will leave with paper and pocket patterns to complete at a later date.

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

  • Sewing needles
  • PVA glue
  • 2-inch Wide ruler
  • Metal rules (optional)
  • Awl and foam core to punch on
  • Pencils
  • Scoring tool and teflon or bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Mini clamps (4)
  • Plywood blocks – 6-inch x 8-inch or larger (2)
  • Wax paper
  • Scrap paper for gluing

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

  • Dremel tool
  • Precut Arches paper
  • Decorative papers
  • Bugra paper
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Embroidery thread


  • Thread a needle and wax the thread
  • Determine cloth and paper grain & match the grain of different components of a book
  • Fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures
  • Tie a weaver’s knot
  • Sew a kettle stitch
  • Glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board
  • Use a Dremel tool

Participants Should Have Previously Completed:

  • Simple sewn text block for codex book
  • Coptic stitch book

Instructor Biography:

Laurel Roos Herbeck is a retired secondary Art teacher. She has extensive experience in drawing, painting, printing, collage, mixed media, weaving and stitching, and has been making art books since 2009. She is a founding member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild and current Vice-President of the Board. She is a long time member and former weaving instructor for the Fairbanks Weaver’s and Spinner’s Guild and former president of the Alaska Art Education Association. Laurel has resided in Fairbanks, Alaska since 1976 where she continues to teach workshops, develop curriculum, and practice fiber and book arts.