After I received an email requesting a link to a tutorial for Coptic books with linen spines (of such tutorial I have no knowledge of, but maybe one day I'll make one), I realised it had been years since I last made any. The situation has now been rectified after I finished these two books last night! The loose fabric spine gives the Coptic binding a little more support and protects the sewing on the spine from friction.
The wedding guest book season is pretty much here already, so I decided to go with white linen for the first two of the lot I have in the making. These spines were decorated using gold leaf and brushed to reveal more or less of the white linen underneath. I finished the spine strips with a coat of matte gel medium so they remain supple but don't carry on distressing themselves any further.
On my quick visit to Turku last week I picked up this beautiful white handmade lace paper that has a wonderful silky sheen and a grid pattern. To me it's perfect for lining inside covers as I'm not too keen on using patterned papers (the minimalist I am, apparently) - its grid texture and pattern is neutral but still interesting and luxurious.
See how perfectly the book opens! I'm so glad to have discovered a way to protect the spine without compromising flexibility. Of course the exposed sewing on plain Coptic bindings is super attractive, but it's nice to have some more variety.