WhitePigeonBindery

Making Handbound Journals Since 2012

Seattle, Washington 1085 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (173)

WhitePigeonBindery

Making Handbound Journals Since 2012

Seattle, Washington | 1085 Sales

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Announcement    I will be going out of town September 13th-15th, so any orders placed during this time will ship September 18th. Thanks for understanding!

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Please note: I am now only mailing orders on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Thank you for understanding!

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!

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 12, 2019

I will be going out of town September 13th-15th, so any orders placed during this time will ship September 18th. Thanks for understanding!

Sign up for my newsletter to get updates on new journals, sales, and local events: https://mailchi.mp/99eb54cf9248/newsletter

Please note: I am now only mailing orders on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Thank you for understanding!

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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About WhitePigeonBindery

Sales 1,085
On Etsy since 2010

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.

Shop members

  • Miss Katie

    Owner

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

Local

Find whitepigeonbindery at the following upcoming markets!

  • Pop Up at Workshop Issaquah
    Issaquah Art Walk
    100 Front St
    ISSAQUAH, WA

    Oct 25

    We invite you to come visit us after a dinner out on Front Street or before meeting friends for cocktails. The holidays are just around the corner and what better way to shop for loved ones than supporting the local makers community? Once a month a select few local makers & artists will set up shop and sell their unique handmade items. Follow WORKSHOP on Instagram and stay up to date with information about participating vendors. Dates: Sep 20th // 6-9pm Oct 25th // 6-9pm Nov 30th // 1-5pm Dec 14th // 6-9pm

  • Eastlake HS Holiday Bazaar
    Eastlake High School
    400 228th Ave NE
    SAMMAMISH, WA

    Nov 2

    Please join us at the 26th annual EHS Holiday Bazaar. This bazaar stands out as our vendors offer unique, handmade items only!

  • GeekGirlCon
    The Conference Center
    800 Pike St
    SEATTLE, WA

    Nov 16–17

    At our two-day convention on November 16 and 17, 2019, GeekGirlCon sets up an inclusive environment in the heart of downtown Seattle to celebrate every geek and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; game play and game design; and beyond.

  • Tacoma Striezelmarkt
    Slavonian Hall
    2306 N 30th St
    TACOMA, WA

    Nov 30

    Experience tradition anew! Twinkling lights, the scent of cinnamon and pine boughs, the chatter of cheerful shoppers young and old alike… The 3rd Annual Tacoma Striezelmarkt (Christmas Market) is back for another day of holiday magic! Experience the bustling marketplace and traditional treats of the holiday season in the heart of Tacoma. Enjoy a variety of wares from the finest craftspeople in the Pacific Northwest. The Tacoma Striezelmarkt will open November 30th with gift booths from 10 to 6 pm. There will be a gingerbread house contest, raffle charity event, fresh wreaths, face painting, music and more!

  • Holiday Make.Sale 2019
    Make.shift Art Space
    306 Flora St
    BELLINGHAM, WA

    Dec 6–7

    Make.Sale is our annual holiday art and craft sale. You'll find loads of handmade goods from our tenants as well as a whole host of additional local artists who will set up shop for the weekend! This year we are once again partnering with our neighbors Icing on the Cake, Runaway Press & Cafe Velo, across the street to offer more vendors, goods, and activities than Make.Shift alone can hold!

Shop policies

More information

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.