Create a beautiful, personalised leather journal.

Leather Journal Binding

Bind Your Own Leather Journal

During this workshop our tutors will guide you as you create a beautiful leather bound journal.

Select the finest leather, in a choice of 2 colours – Conker or Cedar and then stitch your pages. Whether you’re a sewing enthusiast or a complete beginner, you are sure to enjoy this workshop. Our tutors will be on hand to help create the best possible product. Once you have bound your journal, you can personalise it by burning initials or a significant date using our firewriters.

A great item to keep or gift to a loved one.

Age: 12+
Duration: 90mins
Location: Manor only

The History of Leather Bound Journals

The practice of binding pages together to form a book-like structure has ancient roots, dating back to civilisations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Initially, materials like papyrus and parchment were used for writing surfaces, and bindings were often made from materials like wood, leather, or cords.

During the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe, the art of bookbinding flourished in monasteries and scriptoria. Leather became a common material for book covers due to its durability and availability. Monks and scribes carefully copied manuscripts by hand, and leather bindings were often elaborately decorated with embossing, tooling, and sometimes even adorned with precious metals and gemstones.