7985Re: [medieval-leather] Just joined - questions
- Jun 1, 2003I honestly don't know how period this is, but I
stopped using knots almost as soon as I started making
shoes, because they just don't wear well. Instead, I
do what I call 'overstitching,' which is to say I
simply stitch a few holes past where I actually need
to, and the tension keeps the thread from pulling.
Twelve+ years later, it's still working.
--- phil2co <PhilCoates2002@...> wrote:
> I've just joined this group. I live in Hertfordshire
> just outside
> London England and I belong to Angelcynn, a living
> history group
> specialising in early Saxon period.
> I'm new to leatherwork but so far I've made 3 pairs
> of late Roman/
> early saxon open sandals and a pair of one piece
> turned shoes plus
> belts and a wallet for carrying tools etc when at an
> A few questions if you don't mind - sorry they're
> very basic but
> these are the problems I have at the moment.
> 1. What sort of knot do you use to tie off thread
> when stitching?
> (I said they were basic) When I'm saddle stitching
> between two pieces
> I can hide my knots but on, say the back of a belt,
> they tend to be
> more obvious. I tie a basic reef knot but they come
> out a bit big and
> not terribly secure. A description of a knot or a
> link to picture(s)
> would be good.
> 2. I tried decorative stitching on a belt -
> basically whip stitch
> down the edges - but my linen thread kept blooming -
> bits of stray
> fibre all over the place. I waxed the thread first
> (although perhaps
> not enough?) so any suggestions while I dont get a
> nice solid thread
> for my stitches?
> That's it for now.
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