So I have seen many examples of the Secret Belgian binding online. After much searching I found some very readable instructions here. Thank you to whomever did this tutorial...good job!
From what little info I could find, the Secret Belgian binding was re-discovered in 1986. It is composed of 2 covers and a spine that are woven together. The signatures are sewing to the inner weave.
Here is an example of what is "should" look like.. Boy do I LOVE Dennis Yuen's work
|Book Artist: Cailun/ Dennis Yuen|
1) Do not use tape to hold your covers together while stitching... Tape and paper are never friends. I tried to use painters tape (which I do use a lot of in my studio). Even after sticking it to my shirt a few times to take down the adhesive a bit, it still pulled up and tore my paper.... FAIL....
2) The instructions to not call for an odd number of sewing stations... keep your number odd. Believe me you will be happier
3) Unlike some bindings, tension is key. Your signatures and cover need to be tight!
I took some pics of my process. Please be kind, it was my first time.
|First 3 stations sewn. Please forgive the horrible photograph (Warning: they don't get any better)|