About Me

Brought up on the South Coast of the UK, I'm a happy girl who is equally at home in the city as I am in the woods. Formally trained in Fashion and Clothing Design and a self taught photographer, I set up my little business to sell handmade items and have somehow found myself binding books.

Dearest Jackdaw is a small, independent business run by myself, Louise Knight-Richardson - Bookbinder, Photographer and Maker from the South Coast of England. Predominantly I bind leather journals for artists, writers, composers and dreamers. I take photographs of all sorts of pretty things. I like to rummage for treasure and rescue forgotten textiles, creating gowns adorned with remnants of the past. I collect buttons, vintage cameras and lace amongst other such things I really don't need.

I set up Dearest Jackdaw as a hub for all my creative endeavours. I want reach out to people and share my knowledge, creations and inspire others to try new things, so I also write a
blog which contains craft tutorials and arts and craft features, amongst various other ramblings and photographs.
Since I started writing my blog I have also set up two small online stores. 

Jackdaw Bindery
My little bindery, an indie business nurtured by my own two hands to what is now my full time job. Providing quality hand-bound soft leather wrap journals and sketchbooks, created using a range of hand selected papers and leathers.

What the Jackdaw Saw
My supply shop! A great supply of leather scraps in a huge range of colours for all kinds of fantastic craft projects. There is often the occasional de-stash item hiding in here too!