Secret Belgian Binding – online workshop (no kit)


Create a Secret Belgian Bound hardback book – my upcycled take on this beauty of a book structure.

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In this workshop I share my take on Secret Belgian Binding – a sewn together hardback book structure that features a distinct stitch pattern on the cover and spine, to which signatures are attached using a secondary stitch method.

My take on this binding, invented in the mid 1980’s, includes the addition of a decorative stitch on the front and back cover as well as instruction on how to encase your cover pieces in book film to give your book longevity. I also explain how to make a more traditional straight stitch cover so you can experiment with different variations of this eye-catching book structure.

In my videos I make an A6 size book and invite you to do the same or experiment with shape and size, with clear instructions on how to measure all your materials according to the size of pages you want to include.

A nifty book that takes a bit of getting your head round but my step-by-step instructions will show you how. 

> This workshop is taken from my ‘Upcycled Bookbinding: And sew it continues’ online course, which includes my upcycled take on 4 unique and eye catching book structures (for £125). This course includes an invite to an accompanying private Facebook group where you can share your work in progress an connect with other bookbinding enthusiasts, plus access to my ‘Community noticeboard’ which includes recommendations on books, podcasts and suppliers.

How this workshop is taught?

This online workshop is taught via a series of step-by-step video tutorials, accompanied by a downloadable document with links to recommended suppliers and advice on sourcing & prepping materials.

You will have continued access to my video tutorials via a password protected page on my website, which means you can revisit my videos for a reminder of the process whenever you need – I only ask that you please don’t share log in details with friends or third parties, doing so will result in you losing access.

Materials/tools required

You will be given access to a comprehensive materials/tool list with recommended suppliers upon purchasing this workshop. Here is a brief overview of what you will need to give you an idea of what is required:

  • Greyboard for book covers
  • Decorative paper for cover
  • Thin card for inside cover inlays
  • UHU glue
  • Book film
  • Plain paper cut to size
  • Waxed thread
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • Cork punch boarder old magazine
  • Curved bookbinding needle
  • Bonefolder
  • Bulldog clips
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife and or rotary cutter for cutting grey board
  • Chopping board or cutting mat

Delivery info

Login details for this workshop will be emailed to you upon purchase




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