Wabi Sabi Sketchbook: cotton rag paper, 5 sizes

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£25.00 GBP

Wabi Sabi Sketchbooks for watercolour, ink, drawing and stitching embrace the tactile beauty of handmade cotton rag paper. Their design is inspired by American poet Emily Dickinson's 'packets' (bundles of poetry she kept tied up in string) and the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic of simplicity and incompleteness.

Sustainable, handmade and fair trade, these Wabi Sabi Sketchbooks are made only with natural materials: cotton, linen and beeswax. They are unadorned and coverless, yet practical and hardwearing. They feature exposed spine stitching and a woven linen ribbon to keep them securely closed. The number of pages varies by size, but they are all medium-surface 210gsm cotton rag paper that's made from offcuts from the fashion industry. This reduces landfill waste and contributes to environmental protection. The paper is acid-free and sized so it's suitable for both wet and dry mediums.

These Wabi Sabi cotton rag sketchbooks lie flat on a table for easy use, thanks to the French linkstitch binding. They will also turn 360 degrees in a circle for displaying the contents. Because they're bound by hand with time-honoured bookbinding techniques, they'll last your lifetime.

Sizes approx:
Chunky: same as Large, but with 128 pages
Large: 28 x 21 cm / 11.25 x 8.25  inches, 96 pages
Medium: 21 x 15 cm / 8.25 x 6 inches, 80 pages (video)
Small: 15 x 10.5 cm / 6 x 4.25 inches, 64 pages

X Small: 10.5 x 7.5 cm / 4.25 x 3 inches, 64 pages


All sizes are in stock & ready to ship worldwide.

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Special edition with velvet & silk ribbons.


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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 info@boundbyhand.co.uk 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