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Cross Stitch to Calm

Recently, I learned to cross-stitch. It’s so decadent to take up a craft that takes forever to complete.  Each line appear slowly, like an image being downloaded on a computer in the 1990s. And yet, I love it. It t gives me the chance to do something else than sit in front of a computer screen at night.

The origami crane is a pattern from Cross-Stitch to Calm: Stitch and De-stress With 40 Simple Patterns by Leah Lintz.  It took me 2 hours to get this far. Crazy!

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The key to mastering coptic binding is to practice a lot, using whatever material you have at hand.

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For this coptic bookbinding project, I used Japanese playing cards as covers and regular photocopy paper for the signatures.

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In coptic binding, the middle stitches will be chains and the end stiches will be half-chains.

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What I love about coptic binding is that the pages of the book open flat (which makes it perfect for jotting notes or sketching).

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My books are the size of playing cards (less than 10 cm tall).

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You can experiment with coptic binding on various sizes.

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Have fun!