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Another secret….

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Well, I said I would have another go at this Secret Belgian Binding and here it is. I tried the method that Rhonda at My Handbound Books recommended. The text block is sewn first in the usual way and then the covers and spine are attached. It’s a bit of a juggling act trying to hold all three bits of board and the book block together while you stitch them together and it’s especially difficult to keep the whole thing tight when you have to keep pulling it apart to get at the stitching in order to sew it all together but I eventually managed it. I’m actually quite pleased with it. I overcame the problems from my last effort by using a much longer length of thread, so no knots and also this method doesn’t need masking tape, so no tearing. This book is A5 size – much bigger than the last one which was a sweet little thing – here is a shot of the two of them together.

I placed an order for some more supplies and paper from my favourite shop, Falkiners (incidentally, which is now known as Shepherds Bookbinders). You may remember I mentioned a while back, that I had an email from Falkiners thanking me for mentioning them so often on my blog! They had been googling themselves to check their ‘google-ability’ and I came up so often that they emailed to thank me and said that next time I placed an order, they would send me a gift to say thank you. Well, it arrived today – a whole black goatskin! I am so thrilled, it is so generous of them and I aim to put it to good use – it is gorgeous. I just wish that it didn’t look quite so much like a goat – little legs and all……

As you may or may not remember, it’s no secret that I am a sci fi fan and Number 1 son and I are closet Trekkies and we love Star Trek in all it’s incarnations. I seem to have come across a lot of Star Trek jokes recently so here they are. This follows on from a previous post, last year called ‘To Boldly Go….’ which included the best Star trek cartoon EVER and a great song about ‘Bald Headed Men’ by Christine Lavin. I only mention the song because Jean-Luc Picard is my favourite ‘Star Trek’ character…..

and finally, here is my favourite, Eddie Izzard talking about Star Trek, it’s a bit long (9 minutes) but is well worth watching (a little bit of strong language warning). Hilarious!

It’s not really a secret….

I was visiting AmyH’s lovely blog to drool over her lovely new studio and I saw that she had made a book using a binding I hadn’t tried before and even better, she had included a tutorial showing how to do it. It’s called a Secret Belgian Binding. (I’m not sure if the binding or the Belgian is secret). However, never one to resist a challenge, I had a go and actually found it quite easy to follow BUT my book (unlike Amy’s) does have a couple of big errors. It looks fine on the outside.


Inside is where it all starts to go pear-shaped. I followed the instructions to the letter but two things went wrong. I ended up having to join two lengths of thread and didn’t realise the knot would show if I joined them where I did – I’ll know better next time. And the three sections – front cover, spine and back cover, have to be held in place using masking tape AFTER you have covered them with the decorative paper and unfortunately, it stuck to the inside paper when I peeled it off. Next time I will not use such a rough finished paper as the masking tape didn’t stick to the outside paper which is much smoother.


Anyway, I loved this binding and it is actually, quite easy to do, so I shall definitely try it again. It requires lots of very precise measuring and cutting which I love so you will be seeing more of these!

Now, are you sitting comfortably? Got a few minutes to spare? Well, following on from yesterday’s post, here is my favourite penguin, Pingu. My boys and I used to LOVE watching this on TV when they were very small.

But not all penguins are cute….

as Wallace and Gromit found….