Leather Journal with Cross Stitched Binding


I have another book from my 50 Book Challenge to share today – it’s a leather journal with a cross stitched spine. I think this is one of my favorites so far. I’m really loving making leather books with decorative stitching on the spine.

Cross Stitch Leather JournalThe binding was inspired by the 3 signature bindings in Keith Smith’s amazing book, Non-Adhesive Binding, Volume II, however, as you’ll see below my book is a 4 signature binding with four rows of holes.

Cross Stitch Leather Journal

Here’s a closer look at the spine – I created it with a 4 ply waxed linen thread:

Cross Stitch Leather Journal

The book is closed with a very simple suede cord:

Cross Stitch Leather Journal

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4 Thoughts on “Leather Journal with Cross Stitched Binding

  1. The stitching on that spine is delicious!

  2. It’s beautiful! What are the book’s dimensions?

  3. Frances Mackay on July 8, 2016 at 9:27 am said:

    I arrived at bookbinding through leatherworking so this binding is on my todo list. It’s really beautiful.

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