HAND-CRAFTED LEATHER GOODS
The Buckstitch - angled slits
The first thing to bear in mind with buckstitching is that you must have an even number of slits. Use ³/32" or ¹/8"angled slits and the same size lace. Buckstitching with angled slits uses approximately 2½ times the combined length of the edges being laced. To illustrate what that means. If the length of the piece being laced is 18" then the amount of lace will be 45".
Start your lacing, Fig 1, just as you would do for the running stitch. Then, as in Fig 2, push the needle through the next slit from the back continuing through the slit in the end of the lace and out through the opposite slit in the front. Next, Fig 3, pull the stitch up tight to lock the lace, then push the needle through the next slit in the front ensuring you don't twist the lace.
Pull up tight the stitch indicated in Fig 4 then
carry on lacing in and out of the slits pulling the stitches tight as
you proceed. As depicted in Fig 5 lace to the final slit leaving a loose
loop in the penultimate slit. Next, Fig 6, push your needle through the
last slit and spreading the leathers apart push the needle through the
next but last slit and up and out of between them. Now pull the loose
loop, shown in Fig 7, tight, and continue pulling any slack in the lace.
Finally, in Fig 8, tighten all the stitches and especially the end of the lace. Trim it off close to the leather then tap all the lacing flat with a mallet to improve the finished appearance. When not lacing all the way round your project begin as in Fig 9, starting the lacing between the leather sides in the second slit of the back piece. You then come up through the first slit in the back, then through the slit in the lace and out through the first slit in the front. Continue through the second slit for the second time, carrying on thereafter as usual. When finishing off, see Fig 10, go through the second last slit only in the back, bringing the lace back a few stitches and up and out from between the leathers. If using the buckstitch only on a single piece of leather, start the lacing from the back through the first slit, back through the second slit and through the end of the lace, complete it by running the lace under the last stitch on the back.