When a lady pilot wanted a custom made library of 5 "matching" leather bookcovers. Sparrowhawk Leather's Artisan, Fiona Ritchie told her that as Sparrowhawk Leather hand dyed its premium pieces, each cover would have the same depth of Medium Brown colour with a uniquely beautiful grain pattern.
Most leathergoods are made of the top grain and factory dyed leather where the aim has been to produce a uniform finish by removing, 'painting over' or hiding the leather's grain. The difference with Sparrowhawk Leather's bespoke leather pieces, is the aim is to enhance the beauty of leather's unique grain character, which is as individual as a human fingerprint, by using un-dyed leather and hand dyeing each piece as it was made.
Fiona said she had a whole un-dyed leather hide just big enough to cut all the lady pilot's book covers with interesting grain characteristics across the hide. Fiona's would highlight the grain of each cover using the hand rubbed dyeing technique Fiona had perfected over the last 6 years to produce a coordinating but individual finish for each book cover. Fiona's process for the Medium Brown bookcovers involved a 5 step dyeing process including final antique and sealer.
See the process below:
Hand cut and embossed leather 1st hand rubbed dye application
2nd hand rubbed dye application 3rd hand rubbed dye application
4th hand rubbed dye application Antique and sealer
Finished leather book cover "library", the "same" but each cover with its individual grain and embossing characteristics, all hand embossed, hand dyed and hand stitched.
The lady pilot was thrilled with her bookcover library and wrote:
They are just perfect, thank you so very much!
My logbooks are all now wearing their new clothes and they look so smart and professional, and the Pilot Licence and Medical Certificate Wallet too.
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