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Leather Bound Journal, Completely hand made.

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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:11 am





I made this today, while the weather was dreary. I took sheets of white parchment, made 12 signatures with 6 sheets each, folded them, sewed them, then stitched them together. I then added a cardstock cover, and then added the leather cover, and hardware. Took about 6 hours from start to finish. I have the entire process documented on my blog.

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Re: Leather Bound Journal, Completely hand made.

Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:20 am

That is beautiful! With what do you intend to fill it?
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Re: Leather Bound Journal, Completely hand made.

Post  Guest on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:27 am

I have absolutely no idea yet. I am making a portfolio for myself right now, with pockets large enough to accommodate a journal like this one. I really enjoyed making this today. The weather was dreary enough to want to stay indoors.

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Re: Leather Bound Journal, Completely hand made.

Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:36 am

I've got to say that's bound to be the best sort of day, if it begets this sort of creativity. Very Happy
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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:43 am

This is the time of the year where I do a lot of leather work. For whatever reason, this is when people ask me to make stuff for them. I'm getting a lot of commission work making bags and the like. I am going to make more books though, as they're fairly easy, and I do a fair share of writing.

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Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:08 am

Likely because of the approach of winter. It just seems to be a more homemade time of year, if that makes sense.

Do you also do embossing?
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Post  Guest on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:17 am

Yes. Making the dies though is expensive. Also, the leather has to be vegetable tanned, not chrome tanned in order to take the embossing.

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Re: Leather Bound Journal, Completely hand made.

Post  Mad Miss Holmes on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:25 am

I imagine it would be expensive, but as I know next to nothing about leatherworking... ~shrug~
You've inspired me to raid the DIY section in the library, though.
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Post  Prof Eumides Blakehurst on Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:51 am

Very nice work. Did you use a pressof some sort to hold the sigs in place while you sewed them together ? And what sort of material did you sew them to ? (I've been using medium canvas...)

(Sorry, those are the only questions I have, so I figured it would be faster to ask here than get access to your blog - though I would like to see the blog if you don't mind!)
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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:04 am

It seems we have no access to your blog.
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Re: Leather Bound Journal, Completely hand made.

Post  Guest on Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:10 am

The blog is by invitation, so you'll have to send me your e-mail addresses.

I sewed each signature, then sewed them together loosely. I put them between two clamped pieces of wood, then drew the stitching tight. Worked a lot better than I thought. Then I sewed the signatures to a piece of heavy card stock. which was fitted tightly to the signatures. I then glued the cover on, and voila, it was done.

I do have a better idea about the next journal I make, as I plan to use some heavy Latigo, and larger paper.

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