Embossed leather book cover – Part 2

Hello Begonias!

In part 2 of our book cover tutorial, we’ll be looking at the decorative elements which you can add to the plain leather covered book shown in Part 1.   Of course, you might already love the plain version of your book, so why not go ahead and make a second?

We've already completed this plain leather covered book.  Next stop, decoration!

We’ve already completed this plain leather covered book. Next stop, decoration!

OK, so if you don’t already have a covered book, go to Part 1 to create something like the one shown above.  Admire it and set it to one side.  You’re going to be working on a separate piece of leather for the next bit. Continue reading

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Embossed leather book cover – Part 1

Hello Begonias!

Now that I have crawled out of the plague pit, I have completed my embossed leather book and want to show you how it went so that you can create your own.

In this part, we’ll just take a look at the basic plain cover, which is nice enough to leave without decoration, if you like.

You will need

  • book to cover (e.g. a notebook, preferably with a spine)
  • thin plywood or thick cardboard
  • string
  • PVA glue
  • contact adhesive
  • thin leather
  • wood stain
  • rounded modelling tool
  • scissors and/or sharp knife

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New project coming soon: leather covered notebook with embossed design

I have edited the centre part of a book panel to make it easier to transfer the design.  You can find the original book cover alongside many other beautiful examples here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildmuse/sets/72157623038723753

I have edited the centre part of a book panel to make it easier to transfer the design. You can find the original book cover alongside many other beautiful examples here.

Hello Begonias!

It’s been a plague house here in Bavaria, but we are now almost fully recovered from a heavy dose of the flu (not man flu, not a mere cold, but full-on hideousness).  We send healing thoughts to anyone else who has been suffering the horrible bugs doing the rounds recently.

Tosh had been working on a notebook covered with leather to share with you, and has now been able to complete the basic work to create a plain, undecorated version.  It is quite easy to do, and I will post photos and guidelines for that shortly.  A follow-up post will include a decorative front panel based on the centre part of a 16th century book cover design and decorative (fake) metal hinges.  Although the original book is covered with embroidered velvet, the design also works well on plain leather, using a soldering iron to emboss.  In this way, you can do quite intricate designs with ease.

See you soon!