HAND-CRAFTED LEATHER GOODS
This is a purely decorative stitch I came across years ago
and it takes very little time to do. I can't recall exactly where I saw it but I
made the following drawings at the time, and only recently unearthed them again
when someone asked me about "Baggin's stitch" as they'd apparently never heard
of it. I'd only made a mention of it, on page 45, along with a list of some
other stitches, without giving any explanation of
how to use it as a fancy edging. That probably means I'll have to show how to
do some of the other less well known stitches I also mentioned.
The amount of lace you'll need if you want to try it out is six or seven times the length to be covered.
In Figure 1, punch the holes so that they placed apart roughly twice the width of
the lace you are using. That should give you a reasonably good cover of the edge. Go through the first
hole and then tuck the end out of sight between the two layers of leather.
Next, as shown in Fig. 2, go back through the second hole so that the lace looks as shown. Then, note the arrangement in Fig. 3, where you circle the lace around and through the previous loop.
Gently tighten up the lace as shown in Fig. 4. As you make progress you will find that the
peaks are best formed by using your finger from behind to push the back loop
forward so that it's right at the edge of the leather. Once you've made the point as illustrated in Fig. 5 continue
with the the lace through the third hole. Now observe again in Fig. 6 you have to form a loop behind.
When it comes to Fig. 7, what you have to do is bring the front lace around the loop at the back as shown. Now you come to the dead easy bit, Fig. 8, because the corners are
a dawdle with this stitch, they give you no problems at all. To finish, observe the arrangement in Fig. 9, where you tuck the end back under several of the stitches.
Finally we come to Fig. 10. All you have to do now is tighten the lace and cut
it off flush as shown. Shown alongside Fig. 10 is a sample of how the finished
article will look.