HAND-CRAFTED LEATHER GOODS
Back whip stitch
This stitch is definitely not going to win any beauty contests but it is a
very fast way to put a sturdy edge on an article. The amount of lace you'll need
to use will be roughly nine times the length of the edge you are going to cover.
As can be seen depicted in Fig.1 the end of the lace is hidden between the two
pieces of leather.
Next, shown in Fig. 2, you begin by missing one hole and going in the next.
Observe in Fig. 3, that you come back and go through the empty hole,
followed by Fig. 4, illustrating that you have to miss one hole and go in the
When we get to Fig. 5 then you have to come back and go in the empty hole.
One peculiarity about this stitch, as shown in Figs. 6 and 7 is that there is
more than one way of rounding a corner, depending of course on what part of the
stitch you are about to do when the corner is reached. However, in both
instances, the lace goes through one hole twice. The illustrations are showing
both of the methods.
Finally you come to Fig. 8 which shows that when finishing you go through the last hole twice at the front and bring the end up between the two pieces of leather. Carry it back through a few of the loops, then sufficiently manipulate the loops until they are tight.
Then, as is indicated in Fig. 9, you pull the end firmly before cutting it off flush. The last un-numbered illustration shows the appearance of the finished edge. When you are finished, as I usually remark to anyone following my instructions, gently tap the lacing with a cobblers' (smooth faced) hammer.