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11903Re: [medieval-leather] Embroidering Leather

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  • R Schooley
    Jul 20, 2013
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      I do, but only in more modern pieces.  I'm usually working on garment leather, around 2 to 4 oz but the technique should work on something heavier.  I just pre-punch the holes for the outline, either with and awl or using stiching chisels (I've gotten some that have the prongs about 3 mm apart which is perfect) and embroider the outline using a back stitch.  I've used cotton, linen and silk floss with no problems although I have found I have to have the floss a bit thicker to get the right look.  The biggest thing to watch for is stitch length, you can't let it go too small or you just end up creating a perforated line, at this point the 3 mm I can get with my chisels it smallest I'm comfortable going.   I have not been able to figure out how to do a fill, couching might work, but I have not tried it yet.
      To give you an idea of how it looks on a finished piece this is a card case I recently finished.   I used silk floss to outling the embossed design on the leather, holes pre-punched using an awl.

      From: Sean <mapshaker2000@...>
      To: medieval-leather@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 8:57 PM
      Subject: [medieval-leather] Embroidering Leather


      Has anyone ever had experience in embroidering leather? I have a large piece of 4-5 oz leather that I want to make into a satchel and embroider it. I know that isn't quite medieval in design, but it's for me to use not for display. My main issue is whether to just do an outline type of embroidery or trying to do a fill. I can't even start to think about how to do a fill on thick leather.

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