Instructor Jenniffer Omaitz
# of Days 2 Days
Start Date March 2, 2024
End Date March 2, 2024
Location The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center


WORKSHOP: Coptic Stitch Binding Workshop

DATE/TIME: March 23-24, 2024, 9am – 4pm

LOCATION: Cuyahoga Valley Art Center – Gallery Level

COST: Member $150 / Non-member $175

INSTRUCTOR: Jenniffer Omaitz

BEGINNING – ADVANCED: This two-day workshop will introduce basic Coptic stitch binding from cover to cover. Coptic stitch binding is a simple yet durable book stitch that has evolved from the fourth century to this current form. This type of stitch is an exposed sewing that adorns the backbone of the book sewn directly into the board. Students will learn how to create at least two small books with a single-needle approach and multiple-needle approaches. This class will allow students to master the basic structure and rhythm to graduate to more complicated stitch techniques.

Below are samples of work that students may explore within this workshop:

SUPPLY LIST: Jennifer Omaitz Coptic Stitch Binding Workshop Supply List 2024

*Students will need to bring all supplies listed to participate in this workshop.


Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please pack your lunch for this workshop daily. If you cannot, there are local places where staff can recommend ordering boxed lunches. Students will need to pick up these lunches during their designated lunch.

  • Payment in full is due 14 days before the workshop start date.
  • All deposits, $50, are non-refundable unless CVAC cancels the workshop.
  • Refunds, less deposit, will not be issued for attendee cancelations 14 days before the workshop start date.


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(1979, Cleveland, OH) Jenniffer Omaitz lives and works out of her studio in Kent, OH. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University and a B.F.A. in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Omaitz is an Abstract Painter and Installation artist with a practice that spans over 20 years. In 2016, Omaitz started JC Marbling after 14 months of independent research and experimentation with the process. JC Marbling & Book Arts was founded to pursue the practice of marbling, book arts, and as a teaching outreach for the craft of marbling. She currently sells her handmade books and cards at the Morgan Paper Conservatory, BayArts in Bay Village, Ohio; Apple Tree Books, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to name just a few locations. and for more info.

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