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Lacing and Splicing the Double-loop Stitch

One has to assume that the item you are about to join by using the double-loop lacing stitch is already prepared. That is that all holes in the sides to be joined have been punched and are in alignment with their corresponding ones. Now all you have to do is follow the sequence of images with the explanations listed beneath them. The first six steps, numbered, are the basic steps to the entire procedure.

There is no doubt this is one of the most popular lacing stitches, and whatever the article, the amount of lace you will use is approximately seven times the distance to be covered.

Lacing Hints
Before you start lacing it's best to bevel the edges of the project. Some folks even put a coat of matching colour (of the lace) on the cut edge of the project to make it less visible after lacing. Never start at a corner, always start about halfway along a straight length in a non-stress area. Better by far to splice several times than keep hauling a long piece of lace through all those holes which only weakens the lace. When you've cut your first length of lace it's a good idea to wax both sides of it by pulling it over a block of beeswax. Do your corners with two or three stitches, and put two stitches in the hole next to the corner holes. Make sure all the corners are done the same way. Splice and end between the leathers so you don't have any weak spots. Keep the tension on the stitches the same as much as possible. When you are finished, gently tap the lacing with a cobblers' (smooth faced) hammer.

A hint for when doing hand stitching or lacing
Buy the rubber finger tips used by office workers. As they come in at least three sizes you can put a large one on your thumb and a smaller on your fore or middle finger. Consequently, when stitching/lacing for lengthy periods of time you'll rarely need to use pliers to pull your needle through.


illustration of lacing

1 Beginning on the front side of your project, pull the needle and lace through the first hole. Leave about ¾" of the lacing end and go on to lace the next hole.  2 Pull the stitch tight, lacing over the end you left free, thus forming a cross or "bight".
3 Now pull the stitch under the bight snug, but not too tight, then lace through the next hole.  4 Keep following the same procedure as in steps 1 and 2 making a cross of the bight. Once more go under the bight and pull the stitch snug.
5 When it comes to lacing round the corner, stitch it twice. Make sure you go through the bight on your corner stitches.  6 Keep lacing until you only have about 5"– 6" of lace remaining. You will now have to splice on a new length of lace.
7 Insert the new lacing down between the leathers. Four holes from the lacing pull out on the back side. Leave about ¾" of lacing between the leathers.  8 Tuck the end of the lace between the leathers and continue lacing with the old lace.

illustration of lacing

9 Pull the old lace up tight and cut off the end at an angle, allowing about ¾" to remain. Now attach your needle to the new lacing.  10 Tuck the end of the old lacing between between the leathers and lace over it with the new lace so that it is caught and does not show.
11 Continue on lacing until you reach your starting point.  12 To enable you to tie off the lacing, pull the end of the beginning lace free of the stitches.  13 From the back side, pull the end of the lace out of the hole.  14 From the front side, pull the end of the lace out of the hole.
15 Using a modelling tool, for example, or the needle, push it down between the leathers and hook it over the lace.  16 Pull the end of the lace out of the hole and up between the leathers. two empty holes should appear on the front side, and one, on the back.

illustration of lacing

17 Cut off the end of the lace you have pulled out and tuck the end of the lace between the leathers. lace through the next hole.  18 Pull the stitch tight and lace up through the loop from the back side. All the holes on the back side should now be filled.
19 Lace under the bight but do not pull this stitch tight.  20 Carefully cross over as shown in the illustration above and push the needle down through the loop. 21 Pull the needle through. Push the laced edges together to adjust the starting loops for easier completion.
22 Pull any slack there might be out of the first loop and adjust the lacing with your fingers to make all of your stitches appear equal. 23 Pull the end of the lacing down tightly. Make sure all stitches appear even and equally spaced.
24 Now push your needle through the last stitch as shown. Bring it up between the leathers and out between the lacing. Cut off the excess lace.



Lacing and Splicing the Double-loop Stitch

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