Rags to Riches is designed especially to share handmade books, journals and paper art. The objects on this blog are made totally of recycled materials or discared paper, and cardboard. Please feel free to comment on any of my postings. I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Leather Bound Books

I have not post anything here since the exhibition. Not only I have been making too many books (bookburned) lately, but life is running away with me. I do have load of books that I have not posted here before so today I have chosen this set of leather bound books I made for the Papermaker of Victoria's exhibition last year. They are also in our exhibition at the moment too.

I found a large piece of hard leather from Reverse Art Truck that was perfect for the covers of these books.

I intended to cut up a large piece of leather and make a few books out of it, but the odd shape of the piece made it difficult. I didn't want to waste too much leather, so I decided to leave the exposed area uncovered and I inserted fancy paper as part of the signatures. After making the first book, the second and third were fun to make with different insert papers. I like hanging charms at the end of handmade cords as bookmarks.

You can see them better standing up. The stitching on the edges were hand stitched. I added a layer on top of the covers using leftover pieces of leather. I used every leftover bit of leather for these books. I enjoyed creating the set and feel very satisfied that I used a discarded piece of leather to create unique handmade books.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Nat...beautiful books!!! I especially like how you have inserted fancy paper and put a charm on the end...cool!!!

Anonymous said...

I love them.. the added paper is a wonderful touch that adds to the overall look.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very beautiful! You did an awesome job!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Michael has holiday coming up from the college so I will be writing more!

I'm always so inspired by all of your work.

Micki said...

The books are absolutely elegant Nat! I love the charms too!

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Beautiful book ! The cover seems so thick, it must be not easy to sew it up.

Heather said...

You make books too! Gorgeous. I have a bit of experience in bookbinding so I understand all the skill and creativity that you have put into them.

Beeshebags said...

Oooh I love that owl charm you put on one of the books...where did you get it please? Hugs Naomi