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Well having decided that I really like making leather bound books, especially using the longstitch, I decided I needed some leather. After a search I found several shops on EBay selling some and after being sent samples invested in some very nice Paprika leather which arrived Tuesday the 19th. I also bought some Italian upholstery leather in a lovely chocolate colour.

 

So now I have lots to play with, I intend to use the brown leather to work out ideas and learn how to work with the leather. The red is a bit special, the sample I was sent was so wonderful I just had to buy this leather. It is THE most wonderful red and the quality is very good too, it is cow hide and a whole hide at that. I am planning a ‘green’ Christmas this year, fed up of trawling shops trying to guess what people would like and have decided to make leather journals for people this year. I like the idea of presants from the heart and created with love. Time is the most precious gift we can give each other so I thought it was appropriate.

 

I need to get some lovely paper to go in the journals, but have started the project early enough that I can take my time and make a good job of it, rather than a mad rush at the last minute and hating every minute of Christmas shopping. It will also be good to get started on these books soon as the studio I use has no insulation and get B cold in the winter!

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie :)

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My package arrives from America

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I have toyed with the idea of making leather books for a while, but moral issues about it being the skin of an animal have put me off for ages. But still the curiosity remained, I kept looking at the wonderful leather books that my friends from the Book Arts Forum http://www.bookartsforum.com/forum/ were making, especially Rhonda http://myhandboundbooks.blogspot.com/ and Kiley http://kupokiley.blogspot.com/ and wanted to try this sort of binding for myself.

 

Well fate gave me a shove when Jackie who runs the Book Arts forum had a Virtual Yard sale and I was lucky enough to buy some of her leather scraps. Just look what the postman brought last week;

Leather scraps

Leather scraps

 

Look at the wonderful colours, I wish you could smell how lovely this leather smells. Ok I am a convert I love leather. Now comes the searching for leather and for some details on what to do with it. So far I am continuing the bindings I learnt from Keith Smith’s books and I’ll see how far that gets me.

 

Come back soon for pictures of how my first leather book turned out.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

 

Billie xx

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