Secret Belgian Binding – Weekend bookbinding course

The third book I made on a weekend course with Barbara Schmelzer. A Secret Belgian binding uses “exposed sewing to bind a textblock to the cover boards and spine”. It was particulary tricky to get started with this binding as you have hold and stitch the separate cover boards and spine together.

Secret Belgian binding - spine

Secret Belgian binding - spine

The cover paper is from a poster for the William Hogarth engravings exhibition held at the National Library of New Zealand in 2008.

Secret Belgian binding - front

Secret Belgian binding - front

Secret Belgian binding - spine

Secret Belgian binding - spine

Secret Belgian binding - front page

Secret Belgian binding - front page

Secret Belgian binding - back

Secret Belgian binding - back

Skull Journal

This is my second bookbinding effort, and this post includes images of the book in various stages of construction, but firstly the final results:

Skull journal - front

Skull journal - front

Skull journal - Top

Skull journal - Top

Skull journal - top

Skull journal - top

Skull journal - open view

Skull journal - open view

Skull journal - bottom view

Skull journal - bottom view

Skull journal - front cover

Skull journal - front cover

I used the book “More making Books by Hand” by Donna and Peter Thomas as a guide to the basic construction. Ok, so now some of the different stages and components of my book:

Completed text block(192 pages) with end pages attached:

Text block - stitch view

Text block - stitch view

Text block

Text block

Old trousers destroyed for spine covering:

Material used on cover boards

Material used on spine

Cover boards and spine attached

Cover boards and spine attached

One of the two headbands:

Hand sewn headband

Hand sewn headband

Head bands attached

Head bands attached

Cross stitch ready for cover:

Cross stitched cover design

Cross stitched cover design

Hopefully that gives some insight into the careful and creative construction of this book.

Skull journal - angle view

Skull journal - angled view

Handmade bat journal

I have worked at the National Library of New Zealand for nearly three years, and I think it is rubbing off on me. A part of my job includes mending books from the general collections,  and through this I have become more familiar with the construction of books.

I decided it would be good to make a book at home, and this my first attempt. I used two tutorials to work from the book, The Crafter Culture Handbook by Amy Spencer and a video tutorial on Youtube which I can’t find at the moment (there is heaps there). It was a bit plain so I stenciled some bats on to the  cover to complete it.

Bat Journal - bottom view

Bat Journal - bottom view

Bat Journal - angled view

Bat Journal - angled view

Bat journal - front cover

Bat journal - front cover