Welcome, Friends 


Atlanta's Calligraphy Guild

Friends of the Alphabet General Meetings/Programs and Workshops CURRENTLY meet via Zoom 

Coptic Bound BookWorkshop

Saturday, August 20


10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Village Corner German Restaurant and Bakery

6655 James B. Rivers Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA

This class will be limited to 12 participants


Price includes all supplies

                        Nancy Hays Hills shared her beautiful Coptic bound journals with FotA during the May 2022 meeting.

In this workshop we will use the single needle technique to make a Coptic bound book, approximately 6½ x by 10 inches closed, 13 x 10 inches when fully opened. This non-adhesive structure features an exposed spine with visible chain stitching that lays completely flat when open, making it ideal for journals. Each participant will make one blank book to fill as you see fit! Conservation quality materials, including Nancy's preferred Arches Text Wove paper, will be provided.

You need only bring yourself and a pencil.

If you have any of the following you may wish to bring them:
small self-healing mat, appx. 12 x 8½ inches (Please do not bring anything larger)
12 inch ruler
small awl
bone folder 

There is no need to buy anything before the workshop. A list of supply sources will be provided after the workshop, should you wish to buy tools or materials to make additional books.

We will have a one hour break for lunch. 

If you have any questions about the book making process, please contact Marcia Watt at marcia.watt@pobox.com

Questions about the workshop, contact Katy Burge at katy.burge@comcast.net

General Meeting

Monday, May 9, 2022

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


There will be a brief period of social time at 7:00 followed by business, 

and then the program will begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00 pm.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm EST

We are delighted to have Nancy Hays Hills of Milwaukee, Wisconsin presenting

her Beautiful Journals 

She will show images and talk about her process in creating multiple art scrapbooks 

Nancy Hays Hills is an artist and Episcopal deacon living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her working career was in the field of advertising and graphic design, from which she retired in 2020 to devote more time to her dual vocations of ministry and art. She shares a home with her husband Julian, and her trusty feline sidekick, Samantha, who has been known to make her presence known during Zoom meetings.


She began drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon, and was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged their shy child to express herself on paper – especially her father, who would amuse her by drawing cartoons, sometimes in ballpoint pen on the bottoms of her feet! She took her first calligraphy course at age 17, and has incorporated lettering in her art ever since.


In addition to individual pieces, she has been working in art journals for over 20 years, and her artwork from those journals has appeared in Alphabet, Bound & Lettered, and in the most recent Speedball Textbook.

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Coptic Binding 2a
Coptic Binding 1a

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