Keeping My Notebooks Covered

The two new Moleskine covers I made and the linoleum cut I used to create the embossed image.

The two new Moleskine covers I made and the linoleum cut I used to create the embossed image.

I spent a few hours making a cover for my small Moleskine a couple of weeks ago, you can see it on the left above. I was pleased with the result so I went on and made a second, larger version for the medium size Moleskine as well. I also made a linoleum cut to emboss the cover as an experiment to see if I could get a good image using the unmounted linoleum as a blind plate. I think it turned out well enough to pursue it a bit more. I actually stood on the lino cut to get the impression into the wet leather, so I am certain if I used a press it would be even better.

The interior of the cover showing the pocket holding the cover of the notebook.

The interior of the cover showing the pocket holding the cover of the notebook.

I left a good bit of room around the notebook so the cover would be able to slide a bit when the cover is opened and closed. I had an issue with the smaller version that was a tighter fit. The cover of the notebook didn’t slide well and sometimes would prevent the cover closing smoothly. You can also see the red hemp thread I chose for sewing the cover together. I like using a bit of color against the leather and the hemp thread comes in many nice colors.

I also used my old lead type to emboss my initials into the back pocket.

I also used my old lead type to emboss my initials into the back pocket.

I used my Japanese block cutting tools on this linoleum cut. I was able to crank this out in about 30 minutes.

I used my Japanese block cutting tools on this linoleum cut. I was able to crank this out in about 30 minutes.

The detail from the linoleum cut has transferred very well to the leather.

The detail from the linoleum cut has transferred very well to the leather.

I soaked the leather for the front cover in water for about a minute and then applied the linoleum cut, placed a small sheet of plywood on top and then stood on the whole thing for a bit. This was sufficient to make a good impression of the linocut in the leather. I then let the cover dry well before attempting to do anything else to it. I sewed the pieces together, applied Atom Wax and Edge Cote and that was about it. I am very pleased with the result and I think I will make a few more linoleum cuts to play with to make some more covers.

I am thinking about trying to use the laser cutter at TechShop to cut the leather for the covers so I don’t have to do the work individually. I am trying to draw up the template in Corel Draw, we shall see if I am up to the task. I haven’t spent a lot of time with Corel so it may be a challenge. I will update with success or failure.

As always, thanks for dropping by and have fun!

 

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