The Ultimate Artists' Sketchbook!
Just wanted to share my latest journals -
Wow - this one was a killer!
This piece of leather was from a vintage briefcase we found at the market. The front pouch is original - it was the front part of the briefcase. I created the journal around this piece of leather.
Longstitch binding - hand sewn with mustard linen thread.
I wanted the closure straps to also secure the front pouch - to keep it closed - so I salvaged these leather straps off another briefcase to use as the closure. (Stitched and riveted to the back of the journal) Restitched both straps with the mustard linen thread - and stitched four small leather pieces to the cover - so that the straps could slide through.
Perfect front pocket to keep all of your supplies!
Vintage Travel Journal:
This leather is from a purse - I have older pictures on the blog of the start of this binding... the small rectangular hole once had metal hardware - after I deconstructed the purse and took out the hardware - I loved the look of this cut-out and wanted to work it into the binding. I created the second hole to mimic the original hole - so that the pages could peek through the spine.
Variation of the Long Stitch Binding -
sewn onto leather straps (from the original purse)
with cream colored linen thread.
I created this closure from extra pieces of the same leather -
and hand stitched around the leather strap.