Lately, I’ve been creating an inventory of leather journals for my Fall and Holiday open studios. This one’s a new design and number 23 in the 50 Book Project, my one-year project to create 50 unique bindings. The rustic calf leather book measures 5″ x 7″ with 48 Mohawk Superfine pages and is bound with a 4-ply waxed linen thread.
It’s based on Alisa Golden’s Hourglass binding, but instead of one hourglass shape on the spine, I created two. If you’re new to working with leather, this is a good binding to start with because the slits at the head and tail of the book and large hole(s) in the center are easier to create than individual sewing holes. If the stitching holes on a long-stitch book are misaligned, the stitches will be crooked, which can be frustrating for us perfectionists 🙂