The beauty of handmade is that we can give personal attention to every book that passes through our hands. To be able to offer quantity as well as quantity we use some machine-bound book blocks, giving us time to devote to crafting original, artisan-quality covers.
Take a look at our Bespoke Collection examples or our Ready To Ship Collection to see these materials in use. Or Contact us for larger, more detailed pictures of a specific material.
It's hard to think of Scotland without also thinking of tartan. And the list of tartans is always growing. Scottish materials have always been important to us & the tartans we use are milled in Scotland. Search your tartan on our supplier's website where you'll find a vast range or clan and special tartans. We'll order in your family for you. We advise adding leather or metal corners to stop the tartan from fraying.
Harris Tweed is the ultimate artisan material. Handwoven in the Outer Hebrides, the colours are inspired by the unique hues of the beautiful Scottish island scenery. It's the most tactile of materials, with its home-spun wool and loose weave. Paired with leather or our antique brass metal corners to prevent fraying, Harris Tweed adds a warm, vintage look and feel to your book or album. And it lasts a lifetime.
We keep a number of different tweeds in stock. If there's a particular tweed you're after, we'll even buy it in for you for a fee of £18. Take a look at our supplier's website for inspiration. We have these tweed colours in stock right now: Light Tan, Macleod, Pink & Purple Check, Dark-Blue & Green Check, Bright-Pink Check, Dark-Green & Yellow Check, Light-Blue Check, Red Check, Lovat Herringbone, Red-Brown Plain.
This is leather at its most natural and robust. We use them for our wraparound notebooks which make the most of the leather's natural beauty, the top and undersides remaining visible. The topsides are treated in a variety of ways to produce different effects such as matt or shiny, grained or smooth. The undersides are a lovely soft suede. We used leathers expertly tanned in Scotland.
In-Stock just now: Light Tan Antique-Effect (shiny), Tan (shiny).
Made from leather pieces, bonded leather is recycled leather, making it a great sustainable material. Unlike full-grain leather, bonded leather doesn't need paring - the process of shaving down the underside until it's thin enough to glue onto cover boards. We use bonded leather for spines and corners as well as for covering full books and albums.
Our stock of bonded leathers: Mid-Tan, Blue, Maroon, Black, Red.
The most widely used material for covering books, bookcloth comes in a vast array of colours as well as a number of different textures. We use linen-effect sand-coloured bookcloth for our baby albums for that natural look and feel. Bright rayon bookcloth is a fantastic contrast for notebook spines. Bookcloth is great choice for pairing with marble or decorative paper or even bonded leather. Because it's a thin material, we don't advise combining boothcloth with tweed or tartan.
Our in-stock bookcloth colours in order of swatches: Cornflower Blue, Red, Aubergine, Meadow-Green, Deep Pink,Teal, Lime-Green, Coral Pink, Lilac, Tan, Black, Ivory, Grey, Sand.
These English marble papers are painted by hand on 115gsm wove paper. There are often small inconsistencies, making each paper unique.
In stock: Stone, Brown & Gold.
These papers are made using machine and hand-painted techniques.
In stock: Blue & Gold, Red, Green Feather.
We currently stock a mix of 19th century & Italian reproduction papers: Red Flowers, Black & White Flowers, Black & White Geometric, Brown Flowers