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KINGSMERE CRAFTS

HAND-CRAFTED LEATHER GOODS

Wide Whip stitch

The Wide Whip stitch is, to say the least, a pretty basic one, but it's one that looks good because it covers the complete edge of the leather. It is also probably makes the most prudent use of resources for a complete covering of an edge. To create a satisfactory outcome ensure you use the correct slit punch, that is one that gives you a slit at the precise angle, for instance such as is shown in the illustrations below. When it comes to the amount  of lace you are likely to need, it is roughly five times the length to be covered. How far apart the slits have to be is simplicity itself because it's based on the width of the lace you are going to use. One thing also to remember is that when pulling the lace taut it tends to become somewhat narrower, so allow for this when making your slits.

Take a look at the first illustration, Fig. 1, this is what you'll see when viewed from behind. Note that the lace end comes in from the bottom hole at the front and finishes up  between both sides of the leather. Starting with Fig. 2 you can see how to begin your  lacing. Do take note that the slit at the bottom at the back has no lace going through it, and you will be hiding the end of the lace between the two sides of the leather.

Next, as is pretty much standard practice when lacing edges as I'm sure you probably know by now, when going around a corner, such as is shown in Figs 3 and 4, you need to go through the holes twice in order to give the correct covering to the leather. There are a couple of ways it is possible to end this edging. In Fig 5 is an illustration of how you would be obliged to finish off if you had unfortunately run out of lace.

Observe that the end comes up between the two pieces of leather and is then taken back under a few loops with the lace then being pulled up tight. You then must trim off the end flush or stick it down between the two pieces of leather so that it cannot be seen.. This, incidentally, would also be the method used to finish when you have gone right around a job and come back to the start again. Having done that, you will now discover that you can now fill the slit that was left unused in Fig. l.

In a similar way as the explanation concerning Fig. 5, what is depicted in Fig. 6 illustrates the way to complete your work when you desire to fill all the slits. Take your lace through the final hole twice at the back, then in Fig.7 bring it up between the layers of leather and take it back once again under a few loops then tighten up the lace before cutting the end off flush. When you are finished, as I keep reminding anyone following my instructions, gently tap the lacing with a cobblers' (smooth faced) hammer.
 

 

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