New Bookbinding Kits

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New at cleverhands.net – French link stitch bookbinding kits!

I had an interesting conversation with a neighbor at the spring Renegade craft fair this year. She was selling cooking kits – spices packaged in a cute mason jar with recipes using the spices included. It struck me that what she was really selling was expertise. Which of course got me thinking – which lead me to bookbinding kits.

It struck me that people could use the kit and included supplies to make their first book, then they would have the tools and skills to make more books. Which makes me happy – I like the thought of piles of home brew books filled with wonderfull stuff – made of wonderful stuff! And for that next book? You can totally go the traditional route and use book cloth and binders board and linen thread – I’ll even be posting some kit refills in the shop but I’m also hoping people will be making books out of what they have on hand! Cut up that shipping box to use for covers, use wrapping paper for end papers – play! make giant books, tiny books, weird books! And if you do I’d love to see them!

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Its been a big week for product launches!

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From time to time, custom orders come in for vertical style bandoliers. I really see the appeal of this style. It does hold fewer pens, but it works well on the cover of a book without restricting access to the book’s interior. I figured it was time to make some up, and post an official listing! I’m calling this style a Journal Bandolier Holster. You can select the size that will fit your book cover  right on the listing page and it will also stretch to hold your book closed if you want it to go around more than just the cover. I’ve also decided to offer this style in waxed canvas. If the material does well I may extend the offering to other styles! What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

New in the Shop: Handbound Pocket Notebooks

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New in the shop! I hand bind each notebook with 28 pages (14 leaves) of 100% cotton 32lb cream colored paper. Each notebook is sewn with sturdy waxed linen thread. They are available in rich red, kraft brown and slate grey. You can order all one color or all three.

These notebooks are 4″ wide and 5.25″ tall. The perfect size for throwing in your bag or back pocket.

Limited Edition Brown leather!

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I just got this lovely oil tanned brown leather in but I have a limited supply! So new in the shop I am offering a limited edition oil tanned brown leather bandolier.