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Featured Shop: Jackdaw Bindery

May 30, 2014

by Louise Knight-Richardson

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! I’m Louise Knight-Richardson, a twenty-something creative and bookbinder from a little city called Chichester on the south coast of England. I’m passionate about many different art forms – especially dressmaking and photography – but so far, nothing has captured my heart and attention more than bookbinding. My shop is called Jackdaw Bindery.

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During my late teens, I suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and became a bit of a recluse. As a consequence, I withdrew my application to study fashion at university and turned to art as therapy. Having the ability to express my feelings of anxiety and frustration through mediums like paint, photography and fabric really helped me pull through and rebuild my life. When I finished college, I was still struggling with the outside world, so I opened my first Etsy shop selling textile goods, prints and jewelry.

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Bookbinding came shortly after – I actually discovered it somewhat by accident while experimenting with different materials. Using reclaimed leather from my grandmother’s old sofa and pages made from an outdated atlas, I stitched one to the other and that was it: I was hooked! I spent months learning about binding and perfecting my techniques until I finally listed a few books in my Etsy shop to see what happened. The books turned out to be so popular that I decided to phase out my other products and focus solely on bookbinding.

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I draw inspiration from anything and everything: exploring woodlands with my camera; finding old ruins; the ocean; antique shops; music; home; and even sleep. Above all, my customers are my biggest inspiration. I love helping them bring a specific idea to life through custom orders. Custom orders keep me on my toes and learning all the time, which is incredibly rewarding.

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I believe there is a book for everyone, and I want to make them all. I’ve made journals with hand-embroidered monograms, tiny text on the inside, rainbow pages, sketchbook pages – even music staff pages. Etsy has played a massive part in my journey to success, providing the fertile land I’ve needed to grow into the person that I am today. The community spirit from sellers and buyers is wonderful, and I’m grateful to be part of the thriving handmade movement. Follow along with my adventures on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Photos by Natalie Miller and Jackdaw Bindery.

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Recipe Book - Leather Wrap Journal - Hand-bound Cook Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - A6
Recipe Book - Leather Wrap Journal - Hand-bound Cook Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - A6
JackdawBindery
$32.00 USD
Shooting Record Journal - Leather Wrap Book - Hand-bound Game Shoot Log - 6 x 4 - Custom - A6
Shooting Record Journal - Leather Wrap Book - Hand-bound Game Shoot Log - 6 x 4 - Custom - A6
JackdawBindery
$32.00 USD
Musicians Stave Leather Journal - Handbound Songwriting Manuscript Book - Music Score - Staff Paper - 6 x 4 - Custom - A6
Musicians Stave Leather Journal - Handbound Songwriting Manuscript Book - Music Score - Staff Paper - 6 x 4 - Custom - A6
JackdawBindery
$28.77 USD
6 x 4 Blank or Lined Leather Book - A6 Soft Wrap Cover - Custom Colours - Pick your Own
6 x 4 Blank or Lined Leather Book - A6 Soft Wrap Cover - Custom Colours - Pick your Own
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Pastel Multi Colour Pages - A6
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Pastel Multi Colour Pages - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Monogram Leather Journal - Hand Embroidered Leather A6 - Initials - Custom Embroidery - Personalised 6x4 Soft Cover Blank Book - A6
Monogram Leather Journal - Hand Embroidered Leather A6 - Initials - Custom Embroidery - Personalised 6x4 Soft Cover Blank Book - A6
JackdawBindery
$31.26 USD
Mini Leather Journal - Pick Your Own - Rainbow Colours - A7 Blank Handbound Note Books - 4 x 3
Mini Leather Journal - Pick Your Own - Rainbow Colours - A7 Blank Handbound Note Books - 4 x 3
JackdawBindery
$11.43 USD
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - A7 Handbound Leather Blank Book - 4 x 3 - Custom - Pastel Multi Colour Pages
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - A7 Handbound Leather Blank Book - 4 x 3 - Custom - Pastel Multi Colour Pages
JackdawBindery
$15.46 USD
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom -Bold Multi Colour Pages - PINK Version - A6
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom -Bold Multi Colour Pages - PINK Version - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Grey Pages Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Gray Colour - A6
Grey Pages Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Gray Colour - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Rustic Olive Green Leather Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Jute Fibre Paper - Hello Embroidery Art Journal
Rustic Olive Green Leather Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Jute Fibre Paper - Hello Embroidery Art Journal
JackdawBindery
$50.42 USD
Rustic Cream Rainbow Leather Travel Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Mountain Embroidery Appliqué Art Journal
Rustic Cream Rainbow Leather Travel Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Mountain Embroidery Appliqué Art Journal
JackdawBindery
$56.47 USD
Rustic Cream Leather Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Lace Edge Detail Art Journal
Rustic Cream Leather Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Lace Edge Detail Art Journal
JackdawBindery
$58.48 USD
Rustic Cream Rainbow Leather Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Hello Embroidery Art Journal
Rustic Cream Rainbow Leather Sketchbook - Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Hello Embroidery Art Journal
JackdawBindery
$38.99 USD
Rustic Chestnut Rainbow Leather Sketchbook - Brown Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Arrows Art Journal
Rustic Chestnut Rainbow Leather Sketchbook - Brown Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Arrows Art Journal
JackdawBindery
$38.99 USD
Rustic Brown Leather Sketchbook - Mocha Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Art Journal
Rustic Brown Leather Sketchbook - Mocha Handbound Book - Cotton Rag Paper - Art Journal
JackdawBindery
$22.86 USD
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal  Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Scattered Pastel Multi Colour Pages - A6
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Scattered Pastel Multi Colour Pages - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Pastel Colour Pages - A6
Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom - Pastel Colour Pages - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Mini Square Leather Journal - Pick Your Own - Rainbow Colours - Blank Handbound Note Books - Small
Mini Square Leather Journal - Pick Your Own - Rainbow Colours - Blank Handbound Note Books - Small
JackdawBindery
$6.32 USD
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom -Bold Multi Colour Pages - RED Version - A6
Rainbow Leather Wrap Journal - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Custom -Bold Multi Colour Pages - RED Version - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Love Heart Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
Love Heart Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
JackdawBindery
$31.93 USD
Leather Journal - Petrol Blue - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Deep Marine Navy Blue - A6
Leather Journal - Petrol Blue - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Deep Marine Navy Blue - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Leather Wrap Journal - Metallic Silver - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Platinum - Shiny - A6
Leather Wrap Journal - Metallic Silver - Handbound Leather Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Platinum - Shiny - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Leather Book - Pastel Mint - Handbound Leather Wrap Blank Journal - 6 x 4 - Pale Green
Leather Book - Pastel Mint - Handbound Leather Wrap Blank Journal - 6 x 4 - Pale Green
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Leather Wrap Journal - Gothic Black - Handbound Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Printed Leather - A6
Leather Wrap Journal - Gothic Black - Handbound Blank Book - 6 x 4 - Printed Leather - A6
JackdawBindery
$26.55 USD
Graph Journal - Leather Wrap Hand-bound Quilter's Companion - 6 x 4 - Squared Pages - Grid - Sewing Book - Science - Math - A6
Graph Journal - Leather Wrap Hand-bound Quilter's Companion - 6 x 4 - Squared Pages - Grid - Sewing Book - Science - Math - A6
JackdawBindery
$32.00 USD
Archer's Bow and Arrow Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Archery Embroidery - Rustic Geometric - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
Archer's Bow and Arrow Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Archery Embroidery - Rustic Geometric - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
JackdawBindery
$33.95 USD
Hunting Arrow  Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Archery Embroidery - Rustic Geometric - Soft Wrap Cover - A6
Hunting Arrow Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Archery Embroidery - Rustic Geometric - Soft Wrap Cover - A6
JackdawBindery
$33.28 USD
Antlers Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Nature Embroidery - Deer Stag - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
Antlers Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Nature Embroidery - Deer Stag - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
JackdawBindery
$37.31 USD
Anchor Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Travel - Nautical - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
Anchor Leather Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - Travel - Nautical - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
JackdawBindery
$31.26 USD
Little Rabbit Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
Little Rabbit Journal - 6 x 4 Hand Embroidered Blank Book - A6 Soft Wrap Cover
JackdawBindery
$34.62 USD

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