NEW: Japanese Stab Stitch Sketchbooks with recycled paper

by Susan Green November 06, 2018

Stab Stitch Sketchbooks with recycled cotton rag paper for watercolours

Sketchbooks bound in traditional Japanese designs and handmade cotton rag paper.

I'm excited to introduce you to these brand new Japanese Stab Stitch books that feature 4 traditional designs, hand stitched with linen thread in a variety of colours. At A5 landscape size, they'd make a good travel sketchbook and can easily be fitted into a day bag. You can buy them here or keep reading for more information.

Eco-Friendly Natural Materials

These Stab Stitch Sketchbooks are part of my new Eco-Friendly Collection. They are made from just two natural materials: linen thread (linen, from the flax plant, is one of the most sustainable fibers available), and recycled paper.  

The luxurious paper is 100% cotton rag, made from offcuts of t-shirt material that would otherwise have gone to landfill as waste. The internal pages are 210gsm medium-rough and are sized with gelatine, which makes them ideal for watercolours and ink (such as brush calligraphy). The covers are simply a thicker, heavier version of the paper inside the books. 

This paper has wonderful tactile qualities; it's soft and warm, has a wonderful texture and will give the person using it a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction in a way that a mass-produced sketchbook could not. You can read more about the paper here

I deliberately kept these sketchbooks simple and unadorned, letting the traditional stitch patterns and beautiful natural materials speak for themselves. 

Japanese Stab Stitch 'Hemp Leaf' Sketchbooks, handmade with cotton rag paper, shown with watercolour tray, brush and book of colour combiantions

Colourful linen thread 

I bound one set of Sketchbooks in a 'natural' colourway with Oilve, Grey, Tan and Coral waxed linen thread, and another 'blues' set with Turquoise, Teal, Light and Mid Blue stitching. 

Stab Stitch Sketchbooks

Stab Stitch Sketchbooks stitched in blue linen thread

Traditional Stab Stitch Patterns

You might be wondering about the stitch patterns. They're traditional Japanese Stab Stitch designs that have been in use for several centuries, from the simplest '4-hole' pattern, to the Noble with the addition of detailed corner stitching.

And then two patterns which evoke the natural world; the Hemp Leaf with an intricate pattern that evokes (you guessed it) the leaves of the Hemp plant, and the Tortoiseshell binding, too.

Stab Stitch books don't lay flat (you can find lay-flat Wabi Sabi Sketchbooks here), but the cover and pages can be held or folded back with one hand. 

I hope you get as much pleasure from using these Japanese Stab Stitch Sketchbooks with their beautifully tactile, earth-friendly handmade paper as much as I did when I made them.

If you love cotton rag paper as much as I do, you might also like my Wabi Sabi Sketchbooks.

Susan Green
+44 (0)7748 759 371

P.S. Visit this blog post for more information about Japanese Stab Stitch books.


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages