WhitePigeonBindery

Making Handbound Journals Since 2012

Seattle, Washington · 579 Sales

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Katie

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Announcement   Follow me on Instagram at @WhitePigeonBindery to see when new journals are added to the shop!

I love doing custom orders! Have something in mind that you don't see listed? Please contact me and I will see if I can make something just for you!

Custom printing is available by request!

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Last updated on Aug 21, 2018

Follow me on Instagram at @WhitePigeonBindery to see when new journals are added to the shop!

I love doing custom orders! Have something in mind that you don't see listed? Please contact me and I will see if I can make something just for you!

Custom printing is available by request!

Katie

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Planning a succulents themed wedding? Pick up this guest book today! I updated it with white eyelets and pistachio thread to match the paper. cactus
December, January, and February brides and grooms: did you know that all of my wedding guest books, including lined paper upgrade, are 20% off until December 1st? man_in_tuxedobride_with_veil Order yours today!
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About

librarian + books

I started this shop after taking two book binding classes with my SO and Diane Flack as the teacher. As a (wanna be...as in, MLS-card-carrying, but not in a library) librarian, it makes me feel connected to books and the library without actually being in one.

These books are made with care and love, and I am always (unintentionally) looking for new papers. That gothic one? The paper is from Victoria, Canada, purchased on vacation.

I hope to one day make a pilgrimage to Hollander's, which is in Ann Arbor. www.hollanders.com If you see something there that you love, shoot me a message, I will order it, and you will have a book made just for you. :) There is also a PaperSource in the Seattle metro area, so same applies as with Hollander's. My theory is...if you like it, someone else will, as well. Just browsing through papers can be so inspiring!

Additionally, I want to learn new stitches or variances on the coptic bound stitch, like the caterpillar/centipede stitch.

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  • Miss Katie

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    Thirtysomething crafter living it up in the Emerald City! I might have a slight paper problem...

Local

Find WhitePigeonBindery at the following upcoming markets!

  • GeekCraft Expo Seattle
    Magnuson Park Building #30
    7400 Sand Point Way NE
    SEATTLE, WA

    Nov 24–25

    If you’re looking for gifts for the geeks on your holiday shopping list, there is simply no better place to shop; everything for sale at GeekCraft Expo is incredibly unique, limited in quantity (i.e. NOT mass produced—this stuff is all made by hand) and TOTALLY NERDY! Saturday, Nov. 24th is Small Business Saturday, the non-corporate alternative to Black Friday…and it’s also the first day of our show! Why give your money to the big box stores when you can instead support LOCAL crafters and makers? And GeekCraft Expo SEATTLE has approximately 100 of them, all under one roof! **PLEASE pre-register for this event for free, otherwise admission is $5. Our show last year was so popular we almost had to turn people away due to nearly maxing out the building's fire code maximum occupancy - we just want to ensure everyone has a safe shopping experience! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/geekcraft-expo-seattle-2018-holiday-market-tickets-46209122730?aff=es2

  • 38th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
    Phinney Neighborhood Center
    6532 Phinney Ave N
    SEATTLE, WA

    Dec 1–2

    The PNA’s Winter Festival & Crafts Fair features two historic buildings full of specialty items by local artists and craftspeople, curated by a jury. The event is a perennial favorite of shoppers and vendors alike, and has gained a reputation as the perfect destination for unique holiday gifts. Winter Festival offers something for everyone: home goods, jewelry and accessories, art, pottery, gifts for cooks, apparel, gifts for guys, gifts for gals, gifts for kids, gifts for yourself…

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Last updated on Sep 15, 2017
Frequently asked questions
What kind of materials do you use?

Boards
I use single ply .80 Davey board with long cut grain. Davey board is optimal over chip board because it doesn't warp or start to bow when glue is applied.

Text block
Please see my "Tell me more about the text block (paper you write on) inside the journals!" question for details!

Glue
I use acid free, archival quality glue.

Eyelets
My eyelets come from the Etsy shop Designs by Jude (https://www.etsy.com/shop/designsbyjude). They are excellent quality and the paint does not chip.

Thread
I use four ply waxed linen thread from Ireland.

What kind of stitches do you use for the binding?

Coptic stitch
This is a traditional book binding stitch. It is extremely secure and the journal lays flat when opened.

French stitch
This is a more decorative book binding stitch. It is not as secure as the coptic stitch, but provides detailing on the spine. It also lays flat when opened.

Celtic weave
This is the most decorative book binding stitch I make. It involves two separate threads being interwoven together. This binding lays flat when opened and is only available for blank journals.

Please feel free to send me a message if you want a specific stitch used to make your book and you don't see it listed.

What journal sizes do you offer?

My journals come in six sizes and in five different styles of paper:

6" x 4.5" blank
6" x 9" blank (lengthwise, like for a wedding guest book)
7" x 5.25" lined
7" x 7" (this is for mixed media journals only)
8.75" x 6.25" lined
8.75" x 6.25" dot grid
8.75" x 6.25" graph
8.75" x 6.25" Tomoe River
9" x 6" blank
12.5" x 9.5" blank (this is for watercolor sketchbooks)

If there is a cover paper not listed with a size that you want, please let me know so I can make something special for you!

Do you provide gift wrapping? How do you package your journals before mailing them?

Let me know if you need your item wrapped for a special occasion! When I mail out journals, they are packaged in a cellophane bag to protect them in case the mailing envelope gets damaged in transit.

Do you accept custom orders?

Yes! Send me a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours to see if it can be accomplished. I love working with my customers and helping their vision become a reality. :)

Tell me more about the text block (paper you write on) inside the journals!

In my blank journals, I use 28 lb Mohawk superfine paper in eggshell. It is thicker and nicer than copier paper. For my lined journals, I use Italian paper that is more of a cream color compared to the blank paper. In both my dot grid and graph paper journals, I use Rhodia paper, which is highly recommended if you use fountain pens. The graph paper is not like the 20 lb graph paper you are used to seeing! The Tomoe River paper is only available in blank. I have their white paper in stock, but let me know if you would prefer their cream paper!

Shipping seems expensive! What's the deal?

Your new journal is shipped in a priority envelope and should get to you in 2-3 days if you live in the US. If you buy two small blank journals, I will refund the shipping for the second journal since both will fit in a priority envelope. If you buy two or more small lined journals or larger, they are shipped in a medium flat rate box. A medium flat rate box can fit up to 8 small blank journals or 4 large journals (this does not include watercolor sketchbooks), so any overages will be refunded.

International shipping is based on weight and I do take a small loss for everything sent international. International packages are sent in a bubble envelope or a box, if ordering more than one book.