Handmade leather limp binding in medieval techniques with blindtooling and a braided wrapping cord. 

This is a perfect book to fill with your favorite recipes, sketches or memories from your life and travels.

Available here.


So, at the request of the lovely pondweed, I’m in the progress of creating a photo essay (not quite tutorial) on the process of creating and casing in a hard cover book. This is part 1. I’m not sure how many parts there will be. Fewer than 5, I hope. 

Binding a French Groove Book. 

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Appendix (video)

Step the first: Raid your stash! Find all the amazing papers and cloth you’ve been collecting and pick a few. Maximize the awesomeness of color/texture/pattern/style mixing. 

Step the second: Prep your text block. You gotta fold your signatures and then sew those puppies up. In this example, I’m using a french link style. After you sew, you’ve gotta press and glue. (And later on, we’ll reinforce and do headbands and stuff. But first, that’s in the press). 

Step the third: Cut your boards. You’ll need a front cover, a back cover, and a spine board. 

Want even MOAR detail on the steps I took? Check out the full album (since it was too many photos to upload here) with lots o’ fun captions. I’ll be adding more pics there and here as I finish up the book. 

I hope you enjoy this book-y madness! 


Follower Appreciation Giveaway!

I’ve been wanting to have a giveaway for quite some time now and finally it is time. One of my followers will be randomly chosen to win this hand dyed lamb leather notebook with a blind tooled leaf on the cover and about 120 off white pages perfect for writing, sketching and/or wet media or perhaps photos and scrapbooking. I adore this book and I know whoever wins this book will too! :)


  • You must follow me.
  • Reblog this entry at least once, but don’t spam.
  • It must be on your real blog, no spam blogs or giveaway blogs.
  • Don’t delete this text.


  • The winner will be randomly chosen July 15th 2014 and contacted in their ask box, so make sure to keep it open. If I recieve no answer within 2 days a new winner will be chosen.
  • If you are not 18 ask your parents or legal guardians permission.
  • If you have any questions just ask!

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Finishing tools for decorative bookbinding and gold tooling.  The binder will heat these tools and press them into dampened leather.  

Most of these tools were brought to the University of Iowa by legendary fine bookbinder William Anthony or acquired for his work here.  They are used on campus for teaching and research, particularly for work with the Center for the Book faculty and students uicb.  

So that list you’ve been compiling of weird/awesome things you can check out from libraries?  Add binding tools.


This open back book is filled with about 120 off white pages and is made with thick nature cord, it is sewn with green linen cord and has hand marbled paper on the cover made to look like wood grains in an emerald green shade.

It is waiting for someone to fill its pages :)




Attention, attention. I am happy to present you a full range collection of fandom notebooks. The fandoms featured are BBC Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes, Cabin Pressure, Game Of Thrones and Hannibal.

For the first time there will not only be books but also booklets with wonderful drawing paper inside. The booklets mostly feature hand cut and hand printed wood prints. The book covers concentrate on relief illustration and stencil prints.

All books are available. Take a look, maybe there is the right one for you?

I am currently working on new projects. Do you have a special wish for a notebook or a suggestion for another fandom? Please message me, I am delighted to hear from you!