Blackwork Pineapple Notebook

This small hand bound book has a decorated spine covered in ivory linen with hand-worked Holbein pineapple motifs which were inspired by one of Dr Goodhart’s Collection of band samplers now housed in Montecute House. Holbein, or double running stitch, dates back to Hans Holbein (1497-1543) a German painter who painted many members of Henry VIII’s family wearing blackwork patterned clothing.

As always Kate Bowles has an eye for how to use a tiny section of the stitched piece – she wastes nothing! This book is full of recycled papers and card pages and features a waxed cord and Dorset Button closure. (I must get Kate to teach me how to make Dorset buttons…) The notebook measures 3.5 x 4.5in (9 x 11.5cm).


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The story of this little treasure

I met Kate Bowles for the first time on my stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate some years ago. We got talking and she showed me an example of her hand-bound books. I haven’t been without one in my handbag since. One of my favourite books is one Kate made me some years ago to celebrate supplying Liberty of London for over 25 years. She had included my old hand-drawn designs of the Liberty building in Regent Street and used an old tape measure as part of the spine.