Handmade fine leather journals, sketchbooks, wedding guest books and memory books by artisan bookbinder Susan Green.

PROJECT: Leather Journal for a Silk Weaver

by Susan Green January 18, 2018

Silk Ribbon Leather Journal handmade in England

Bespoke Leather Journals & Sketchbooks

I've had a couple of particularly enjoyable commissions recently that gave me opportunities to try out new colour combinations and materials. And now they're safely with their owners, I can share them with you:

Leather Journal: Peach & Blue with silk ribbon, a poem printed on the titlepage. 

Silk Ribbon Leather Journal handmade in EnglandLeather Journal Hand Bound with Silk Ribbon

I have only very recently started using silk ribbons so was delighted when silk weaver Robert Ely of Papilionaceous in Devon commissioned this leather journal. You may have spotted Papilionaceous ribbons in period television dramas and films, such as Pride & PrejudiceJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Poldark. This journal features Robert's own double weight Jacquard silk woven edge ribbon in the Acorn patten, the Peach / Anemone colourway. Using double the amount of silk in the weft compared to his standard ribbon, the 40mm wide Acorn holds its shape beautifully yet drapes and curls with ease for a delightful experience opening and closing the journal. The ribbon is double-faced and can be easily turned to make one or other of its colours most prominent. The colours of ribbon, leather and linen thread co-ordinated most serendipitously and we were both delighted with the result. 

Leather Journal: Teal & Grey with strap, which features the leather's natural raw edge.

Nordic Leather Journal handmade in Teal leather with Grey linen threadLeather Journal hand bound with Mohawk Superfine paperTeal and Grey Leather Longstitch Journal Bound By Hand

Commissioned as a special gift for my client's PhD supervisor, this Journal gave me a chance to try out the fairly new Teal colour of goatskin leather for the first time - it instantly became a firm favourite. Bound in the Longstitch with Linkstitch style in Grey linen thread, this commission inspired a new 'Nordic' Miniature Journal colourway which you can buy here.

Bespoke Commissions Taken

If you'd like your own bespoke book - a journal or sketchbook, wedding guest book or memory book - perhaps with a personalised dedication printed on the titlepage, in your favourite colour combination, or with a specific kind of paper, please email me: info@boundbyhand.co.uk (it's helpful if you can mention your deadline and the country you need the book shipped to).

And you can click the following links to see your options for leather and binding thread colours

I look forward to hearing about what you have in mind!

+44 (0)7748 759 371

Susan Green
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Size Guide
Memory Books, Guest Books, Condolence Books, Journals and Sketchbooks

All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.

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

96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

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

60 pages of 130 gsm paper

 One Size 6 inches or 148 mm approx.  4.5 inches or 108 mm approx. 20 mm or 0.75 inches
Paperback Notebooks

With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper

 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205mm or 8.25 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 5.75 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
Accordion Books

8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper

A5 Medium Portrait TBC
A6 Small Landscape