Journal essentials = quality notebook + Custom Sparrowhawk Leather cover

A growing number of Sparrowhawk Leather customers are avid journal writers.

Some say writing their daily thoughts and experiences is a cathartic pastime. Other journal as their strategy for goal setting and recording personal achievement.  

What they all agree on is writing in a good quality Notebook protected by their own, personalized leather cover adds to the value and enjoyment to the discipline.

Sparrowhawk Leather NZ handmade journal covers with embossed initials        Sparrowhawk Leather's NZ Made leather Journal covers fits Moleskine notebooks (also stocked by Sparrowhawk Leather)  

After making more than a few Leather Journal Covers to fit the Moleskine Large (A5) Classic Notebook and I found these to be of good quality and popular worldwide. To make it easier for customers gifting a Sparrowhawk Leather Notebook cover, and to ensure journal writing customers can purchase their replacement Moleskine Journal, Sparrowhawk Leather now stocks the Moleskine Large (A5) Classic Notebook  in sought after Scarlet Red and Sapphire Blue.

Moleskine Large Classic Notebook in Scarlet Red stocked by Sparrowhawk Leather NZ (Personalised leather notebook covers handmade to fit) Moleskine Large Classic notebook in Sapphire Blue, stocked by Sparrowhawk Leather NZ, with handmade personalised leather journal covers made to fit

 Buy Moleskine Large (A5) Classic Notebook ruled (13 x 21 cm) $36.95

Buy Moleskine Large (A5) Classic Notebook plain (blank) (13 x 21 cm) $36.95

Each Sparrowhawk Leather bookcover is a "one off", unique to its owner and can never be exactly replicated for another. Its not only the personalisation and wide choice of hand dyed colours, its Leather Artisan Fiona's use of time honoured leather craft techniques. Its her hand embossing of initials and dates,  hand punching stitching holes, hand stitching using Irish Linen Waxed thread in a 2-needle locking saddle stitch, and most of all, her hand rubbed dyeing of "raw" vegetable tanned leather.




Most leather Journal Covers look the same as they are cut from leather dyed at the Tannery in a drum or with an "airbrush" with the aim of looking minimising individuality to look "uniform". Fiona's practiced hand rubbed dyeing of each individual piece is like applying varnish to wood and has the effect of bringing the leather's unique grain to life.

Sparrowhawk Leather Pilot Logbook cover collection cut from the same hide, hand rubbed dyeing

 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.

I've been crafting leather Diary Covers and Journal Covers since 2014 and the standard hardback A4 and A5 Diary Covers such as Collins and Impact have remained roughly the same. As I hand make Sparrowhawk Leather book covers from full grain, vegetable tanned leather, the internal leather sleeves mold to fit your hard cover book over time while remaining durable and beautiful. 

As I custom make each Sparrowhawk Leather Journal cover when it is ordered, you can choose from a wide range of hand dye colours (1 or 2 colours), hand embossed personalisation ( initials, or initials and date) or a Black on Brass or Stainless Steel nameplate (logos available on Black on Brass nameplates), and optional pen holders and snap closures. 

Click on the narrations for links to order these products.

Sparrowhawk Leather handmade NZ Royal Blue Journal Diary Bookcover with penholder    Sparrowhawk Leather handmade Raspberry Journal Cover with snap closure

Royal Blue Journal cover with single    Raspberry Journal cover with single
penholder                                              penholder & snap closure


Sparrowhawk Leather handmade in NZ leather bookcover wiht penholder and date

Medium Brown Journal cover with           Medium Brown & Black Journal cover
embossed initials and date                      with locking penholder (another
                                                                 penholder on back cover) & date

Black and Brown handmade journal cover with engraved nameplate by Sparrowhawk Leather NZ   Sparrowhawk Leather NZ Navy Leather Journal Diary cover with snap closure, penholder and stainless steel nameplate

Medium Brown & Black Journal cover     French Navy Diary cover with
with Black on Brass nameplate               Stainless steel nameplate, penholder
                                                                 and snap closure

I need 10 working days plus shipping time to make your Journal, Diary or Bookcover with hand embossed initials and an additional week for engraved Black on Brass or Stainless Steel nameplates. 

Fiona Ritchie, Leather Artisan, Sparrowhawk Leather

See the full range of Sparrowhawk Leather handmade bookcovers here.