Handmade journals, stationery, art & jewelry

Nashville, Tennessee
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CrowingHensBindery is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello! I'm currently out of the studio until the end of May. In the mean time, hop on over to to check out my books, prints, stationery, papers, and jewelry. Between now and the end of the month will be shipped the first week of June.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 16, 2022

Hello! I'm currently out of the studio until the end of May. In the mean time, hop on over to to check out my books, prints, stationery, papers, and jewelry. Between now and the end of the month will be shipped the first week of June.

Mary Louise Sullivan

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Mary Louise Sullivan


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About CrowingHensBindery

Sales 348
On Etsy since 2014

Small batch handmade blank books, book jewelry, letterpress stationery & unique decorative papers, all in one place.

For 5 years, I worked at Hatch Show Print, a historic letterpress poster print shop in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. There I cut my teeth daily on ink, wood type, Nashville history, good music, and production letterpress printing.

During that time I opened my own Etsy store ( to sell my own prints and handbound journals. In May 2014 I received an MFA in Book Arts at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and now I own and operate Crowing Hens Bindery in Nashville, TN where I make and sell luxury blank books, letterpress stationery, book jewelry, and decorative papers which can be purchased here on Etsy, Etsy Wholesale, and at

Crowing Hens Bindery opened in the summer of 2014 after more than 3 years in the making. I believe there is no substitute for a strong work ethic and skillfully executed handmade products, be they books, stationery, jewelry, or papers.

When I design journals, notebooks, and account books I build them to last. I use bookbinding techniques that focus on the needs of a writer—books that are designed to be written in after they are bound, a characteristic that is woefully lacking in today's machine-made books. I implement bookbinding structures that have been developed throughout history to accommodate these unique demands to ensure that my books are a pleasure to use, and that they last for generations.

As a Nashville-based small business, I do my best to honor the heritage of art and fine craft that saturates my community and region. By providing high quality handmade products made from the best materials available and using sound historic techniques, I aspire to create beautiful, useful products and works of art that become a part of your everyday life.

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  • Mary Louise Sullivan


    My name is Mary & I am a bookbinder, printmaker, papermaker & toolmaker from Nashville, Tennessee. I own & operate Crowing Hens Bindery where I make & sell handmade books, letterpress stationery, decorative papers & book jewelry.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Welcome to Crowing Hens Bindery! Thank you for taking the time to browse our work. I have high standards for quality and craftsmanship, and I make every effort to accurately represent my work. As with anything made by hand, there will always be some variation from piece to piece. Please be aware that images will vary in color and contrast depending on your monitor settings. If you have any questions about my work, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All items shipped will be insured for the full purchase value. Every effort is made to ensure that items are shipped in appropriate protective packaging. In the event that an item is damaged in transit, I will work with you to resolve the issue. I rely on satisfied customers to promote my work and I want you to be happy with your purchase and service!
I accept Payments through Paypal and Etsy and expect to receive payment within 48 hours of purchase. After 48 hours, unpaid transactions with no communication will be cancelled and the item(s) will be relisted.

Did you know you can use your credit card to pay via PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account? If you use PayPal to pay with your checking account, I will wait until the payment has cleared before I ship your order.
Books will be packaged in either padded boxes or padded envelopes, depending on size and quantity.

Decorative papers and larger prints wills be shipped rolled in a sturdy mailing tube.

Small prints will be shipped flat in sturdy cardboard mailers.

Due to the nature of the items I offer, items may be shipped separately to ensure that they arrive safely.

I ship USPS. Shipping costs reflect packaging materials and USPS postage. If you have specific shipping requests or delivery time concerns, please convo me prior to placing your order so that I can work out a suitable arrangement. Any special requests for changes in shipping options may delay the shipment of a sale. I cannot offer tracking information for international shipments.
Additional policies and FAQs
All artwork, decorative papers, and ruled papers in this shop are copyright Mary Louise Sullivan and may not be used or reproduced in any way without expressed permission of the artist. Sale of these items does not transfer any copyright or grant permission for other uses.