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I would like to share with you the leather book that I made on August 11th, this was made from one of Jackie’s scraps of leather. As a true crafter nouthing is wasted, the leather was 1″ x 2″ and sewn with a pamphlet stitch.

 

Tiny Leather bound book

Tiny Leather bound book

 

Inside minature book

Inside minature book

 

Told you it was tiny!

Told you it was tiny!

 

If you are wondering about the title of this post… this goes back a long way! All the way to my primary school, back in the 1970’s there wasn’t choice about what you ate it was a set meal. If you HATED something, cabbage etc the best you could hope for was a small portion. This gave rise to a range of requests for varying sizes of portion. ‘Junior junoir big’ got you a large helping and  was a reference to the older part of the school know as the juniors. Younger children were known as infants, so if you wanted a small portion you said ‘Infant small please’. Not related to the binding in any way, but it was a nice story and I do like a ramble sometimes hehehe.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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I would like to share with you the pamphlet stitched book that I made on 11th August. I learnt that I needed to use a bigger awl before sewing as it was REALLY difficult to sew at first. Once I made the holes in the leather larger it went OK. Thankfully this is a forgiving bind.

 

My third leather book

My third leather book

 

I used a vintage button from my late mother’s sewing basket, then found the bookbinding needle wouldn’t fit through the holes! I got round it, first I pierced the holes in the leather to line up with the button’s holes. I threaded needle and sewed from the inside to the outside, took off the needle, threaded the thread through both button holes. The re-threaded the needle to sew back through the cover. I simply tied the two ends together.   :) WHere there’s a will, there’s a way…right.

Spine detail showing the Pamphlet stitching

Spine detail showing the Pamphlet stitching

 

Inside the pamphlet sewn book

Inside the pamphlet sewn book

I realise that the cover isn’t cut very well, as I say I was using a scrap of leather. This was all about learning how to construct this style of book, rather than making a perfect finished piece ;)

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie

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I would like to share with you a picture of the second leather bound book that I made in early August. It features a wrap around cover. The pages inside were bound using a pamphlet stich and then the book block was sewn to the cover.

My Second Leather bound book

My Second Leather bound book

 

I used the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch the holes in the spine, bit too big for the purpose but it will make the book block replaceable, so it was worth the experiment. I tied a leather scrap around the book to hold it closed. I need to learn about making closures for these books.

 

My Second leather bound Book

My Second leather bound Book

 

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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At long last here are some pictures of my first leather bound book. I’m afraid I don’t know the exact type of leather that this is made of as it came in an assorted batch. The binding style is known as Long Stitch. I actually made this on 5th August but had to sort out the pictures before I could post it.

 

My First Leather Bound Book

My First Leather Bound Book

 

 

This book measures two inches square and has 48 sheets of 90lb/190gsm water colour paper, it was sewn with 25/3 cord waxed linen thread. Just goes to show that good things can come in small packages.

 

Spine shows Longstitch

Spine shows Longstitch

 

I was surprised at how easy it was to cut the leather, I used a normal utility knife with a new blade and it was very easy to cut through and was also a delight to sew. I’ll be making more of these and looking out for larger pieces of leather so I can make some books a bit bigger.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie xx

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