ZMedium Notebook / Journal Cover - Hand Finished Leather - 1 colour, embossed initials

$ 285 NZD

Handmade Leather by Fiona Ritchie for Sparrowhawk
Leather Custom made to order - embossed initials available - please allow up to 2 weeks for completion


Suitable for:

Enthusiasts with a favourite interest or pastime who want their notes preserved in a journal or notebook protected by an quality leather cover embossed with their initials.

Medium Notebook / Journal Covers - Notebooks / Journals measuring 180mm high to 239mm high

The custom made Notebook / Journal Cover pictured is finished in Rock Embossed Dark Brown Antique and stitched with black waxed linen thread. The "How it is Made" below describes how Fiona made this item. You can select your leather finish, colour, embossed wings piece colour and embossed initials option above.

How is it made?

The full grain leather Notebook / Journal Cover is made from full grain, hand finished, or vegetable tanned, "raw" leather. The leather is cut to an approximate size for the front cover, and the two keepers for the notebook. The keepers and covers are fitted, and the corners shaped, and edges bevelled, stitching lines grooved around the perimeter. The leather is cased. If initials are to be embossed, after accurately measuring the location of the initials, each initial is selected, lined up and individually embossed using a rawhide mallet. The Sparrowhawk maker's stamp applied to the inside front cover keeper in a similar fashion. A rock is then ground into the leather of the front cover, randomly, but carefully, to make the pattern. A protective coating is applied to the inside of the leather. Then several coats of dye are lightly, hand applied to the leather, and an antique paste applied. The colour on all pieces is then sealed, waxed and polished. Then the keepers are fitted to the front cover, and the stitching holes around the perimeter are punched through, 3 at a time with a stitching chisel tool and rawhide mallet. Next, these three parts are hand stitched together using Irish Linen waxed thread in a two needle saddle stitch. All the outside edges are burnished and touched up with dye if necessary. Finally, a finishing wax and polish is applied.


Genuine hand finished leather (vegetable tanned, full grain leather), hand stitched with 4 ply waxed Irish Linen thread.

Initials specifications:

Maximum 4 letters. Please advise the initials to be embossed in the "Instructions" section of your order.


The measurements will be roughly, 15 mm wider than your notebook or journal and 25 mm higher than your notebook or journal.  Please advise the dimensions of your notebook or journal (Width, when closed, Height, and spine Depth) in the "Instructions" section of your order. We will add on the additional allowances above when we make the pattern for your notebook or journal cover.

Other Options:

Sparrowhawk Leather can also make this genuine leather book cover with a pen loop. Contact us through the "Your Design" link for a quotation.

Free shipping on this product to New Zealand
Please allow up to 3 weeks for completion plus delivery time.
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100% Full Grain, Hand Dyed Leather

Each Sparrowhawk Leather piece is made to order by skilled Leather Artisan, Fiona Ritchie.

Fiona uses time honoured leathercraft techniques, including hand embossing and hand dyeing, allowing Sparrowhawk customers specify the colour and personalization of their piece.

By carefully selecting the leather to cut from the hide, and hand rubbing their dye colour to enhance its individual grain, Fiona crafts a one-off piece, with a unique finish, that is exclusively theirs.

Fiona's leather knowledge, designs and craftsmanship ensures each customer's Sparrowhawk leather piece is fit for purpose, beautiful and stands the test of time.

Our Founder

Fiona Ritchie Leather Artisan & Lifestyle Farmer

It takes knowledge, practiced techniques, and the best materials to achieve true leather craftsmanship. From 2014, when I made my first Pilot Logbook Cover following 3 days private tuition at a working tannery in Sydney, True Leather Craftsmanship has been my gold standard for Sparrowhawk.

Since then, I have made close to 1000 leather pieces from my Hunua Farm workshop. These include wallets, journal covers and documents holders. Each one is custom made, and personalised for its owner. Sparrowhawk Leather’s renowned Pilot Logbook covers are trusted and treasured by hundreds of pilots across NZ and Australia.

Whether commissioned as special gifts, business accessories or for personal use, Sparrowhawk Leather’s bespoke pieces are prized by their owners and recognised for their distinctive quality.

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