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7985Re: [medieval-leather] Just joined - questions

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  • T Goat
    Jun 1, 2003
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      I 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:
      > Gentlefolk
      > 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
      > event.
      > 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.
      > Cheers
      > Phil

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