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Olive's Workshops

Coptic Binding

Regular price $150.00
Regular price Sale price $150.00

Instructor: Annie Fain Barralon 

Weekend: November 12 & 13  

10:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. 

Adult 18+ 

All levels welcome. Some hand strength required.  

Coptic binding is captivating in many ways!: It developed as a bookbinding method in Egypt possibly as early as the 2nd century A.D.  It replaced the Roman scroll, being the first book structure where separated pages were bound together with an added cover.  Best of all, the beautiful braid-like, link stitches are visible along the spine and allow the book to lie flat when open, making it an ideal book structure for journaling and sketching.  Once we add decorative papers and various surface design techniques you’ll have all the tools you need to make this ancient book structure your own. 

There will be a 30-minute lunch break. Bring a sack lunch or explore local restaurants. 

*We require all individuals over the age of two to wear appropriate masks in the classroom while participating in a workshop or event. 

All materials are included in the Materials Kit Fee of $25 PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop.  

*Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.  

Students will need to bring: 

  • Note-taking materials 
  • A mechanical pencil 
  • An array of personal memorabilia, photos, decorative paper scraps and/or collected images. (Optional) 


    About Annie Fain Barralon 

    Annie Fain is a native of the crafts and music/dance community of Brasstown and the Folk School's former Music & Dance Coordinator. She teaches a variety of classes at the school including book arts, clawhammer banjo, and several styles of dance: Appalachian clogging, English waltz clog, Northwest Morris, and Bal Folk (learned when she married into a French family). Annie Fain plays banjo and banjo uke for the all-woman string band, Blue Eyed Girl, and has danced with both Loafers Glory Clog Morris and the Green Grass Cloggers. She sells her handmade books, gift cards, and original watercolors regionally and is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.