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Lacing and Splicing the Triple-loop Stitch

One has to assume that, as with the double-loop stitch, the item you are about to join by using the triple-loop lacing stitch is already prepared. That is that all slits 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 initial steps, numbered 1 - 10, are the basic steps for the entire procedure.

Prior to punching your lacing slits it's a good practice to first scribe a line, about /32"or /8" in from the edge, intersecting at the corners. That is where to make your corner holes with a 00 size tube punch. Next find the centre of the long line, from corner hole to corner hole. Use a three prong lacing tool, placing the centre prong exactly on the centre mark and using a wooden or rubber mallet, make the first three slits. Continue making slits by placing the end prong into the last slit punched. This makes the lacing tool self spacing. Work from right to left towards the corners. When about three slits from the corner gently press the prongs onto the leather to check the spacing. If not enough space to use the three prongs overlap two prongs into previously made slits and only punch one hole. Then using a single slit punch place the slit between the last slit and the round hole. Continue all the way round.
 

The triple-loop stitch is one of the better lacing stitches to use on heavier articles because it will cover the thickest edges. The amount of lacing you will need will vary, it depends on the distance between the holes, and the edge of the article and the holes. However I think you can safely say, for this stitch, you'll need approximately nine times the distance to be laced.

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. 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.

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. This helps prevent it from fraying, and to go more easily through the holes, especially if you are using slit holes. When lacing round the corners and splicing on a new length of lace the procedure is the same as for the double-loop lacing, except instead of stitching it twice, you stitch it three times. Making sure you go through the bight (loop) on your corner stitches.

Start with the front facing you as in Fig 1 pulling the stitch tight over the end as in Fig 2, then continuing to lace through the first hole to the right. In Fig 3 you pull the stitch tight, lacing under the bight (in this instance, the cross), in Fig 4 tighten again and lace through the next hole. In Fig 5 lace once more under the bight but this time the lace goes under two strands on the front but only one at the back. Continue as before until reaching the corner where you lace through the corner holes three times.

The difference between the double-loop and the triple-loop is in the ending or joining of the two ends as is illustrated in Figs 11 to 19.

For the ending, it might be a good idea to follow the direction of the arrows with your lacing needle, to avoid becoming confused.

Finally, from Fig 24 on push the needle down through both loops then push on the lacing with your fingers to adjust it as in Fig 25. Then, as you did in Fig 23 start taking up the slack stitches and tightening them. Continue following the Figs through to Fig 30 where you cut off the end of the lace.

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