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When early man first began using the skins of animals, he probably just used them as blankets or shawl-poncho type clothing. But as he began to find more uses for leather and skins, he needed ways to hold the skins together. Simple thongs were used at first, to tie pieces together. Later, holes with laces were utilized, much as our shoe laces .. Today lacing can be as simple as that same shoe lacing or as intricate as a multi-thonq applique done on leather just for show. Like early man, we use most of the leather articles we create, so they must be durable. But today, we also insist that our creations be appealing to the eye as well. In this book I hope to show you a few types of lacing techniques which are both practical and attractive. There are a few things to remember when doing any type of lacing. Always lace with the outside of the project facing you. This is the side which everyone will see, so you want the lacing to be attractive on this side. Your lacing should be smooth and even throughout the entire project. Pull each stitch snug, not tight, and use the same tension on each stitch so they are all even. The lacing or stitching can either make or break a project. Lace usually has a front and a back side to it. Never twist the lace! Always keep the front side of the lace out on the outside of the project. I have a little trick I use for this when I'm using a flat needle. I call it speed lacing and it can be used for any lacing technique. After 1 push the needle through a hole or slit, I pull through four or five inches of lace, without turning loose of the needle, and then I stick the needle through the next hole or under the next stitch, whatever the next step is. The flat needle will keep the lace from twisting while you pull it through the last hole, and your hands are free. This saves time when you are working with a long piece of lace. You don't have to run the lace through your fingers before every stitch to make sure it's not twisted or fumble with the needle while you're pulling the lace through the hole. There is a lacing technique suited to every purpose. In deciding which technique to use, several things should be considered; such as the size of the project and the stress which the seams of this project will receive. Generally the smaller projects, coin purses, billfolds, checkbooks, clutches, etc., will need 3/32" wide lace. Larger projects, handbags, holsters, bowling bags, attaches, need lace which is 1/8" in width. Wider laces are usually used for buckstitching. Also the more intricate, or the more times the lace crosses the seam, the stronger the seam will be. But these rules of thumb are not cut in stone. I have seen some nice work with 3/16" florentine lace, double loop laced through 1/8" slits; and buckstitching, us.ing 5/32" buckstitchlace and straight slits will hold even the heaviest leather together. So when deciding which lace and lacing technique is best suited for your project, just make sure it is strong enough for the job, then use your imagination and the instructions in this book to guide you.

. . All rights reserved.Straight Slits Sing. Rotary Punch THREADING THE NEEDLES Two Prong Needle Hook and E.. .PUNCHING LACING HOLES Lacing Nippers 4.. 4 5 5 6 . . .19 . ngled Slits A The Buckstltch . ..1 Round Hole Punch Overstitch Wheels Mini Punch. .r Mexican Basketweave Double Loop Two-Tone Lacing Applique lac. . . ..ing 01997 Tandy leather Company A Division of Tandycrafts. 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 9 10 11 11 12 14 15 16 17 . .. .in. .. . .ch The Running Stitch The Buckstitch . . . . . ..it. . . .. . . . . Inc. . .yeNeedle Life Eye Needle SPLICING Cement Splicing Dry Splicing Splicing ona Single Thickness LACING TECHNIQUES The Whipst. .le Loop Lacing Double Loop Lacing Triple Loop Lacing Saddle Stitching Round Braido. .

Place third prong of multi·prong chisel oyer last slit. If you are using a 118" chisal. Placa third prong of multi·prong chisel over last silt. four-prong. Begin by punching all corner slits. Set the bonom of the singh'·prong chisel 51ightly to the left of the corner and at approl( imalely a 150 angle to the vertical guida line.. Of course. three-pronq. be sure all edges are lined up and the chisel is held straight. After punchi nil Ihe corner sl its. To properly ~Iign succeeding slits. 1/8" for 1/8" lace and 5/32" for buck stitch or florentine lace. and punch all four corners. as with straight slits. begin next slits with a multi·prong chisel. (See next do not come out avenly OIlthe next corner. The 1/16" Single-Prong Chisel chisels are used for punching saddle stitching slits. They punch lacing slits instead of round holes. this tip may be of help. Turn chisel slightly so the last prong is on the guide line and tip the chisel so the last prong makes a faint impression and repeat the process until agai n on a straight area. THONGING CHISELS Thonging Chisels are so called because they look like small chisels. this tip may be of help. The 3/32" chisels are for 3/32" lace. adjust the spacing slightly by the 5i ngle·prong chisel When going around slightly rounded areas. 10 avoid punching through the edge of an inside ieee such as II . These chisels come in single-prong. Always punch on a rubber proteeto board to prevent damage to chisliis. Punch corner slit. (See naxt ) Begin next slits with the mUlti-prong angled chisel. adjust slightly by usl ng the sinlOIlI-DlrOrlQ chisel as shown When going around slightly rounded areas.lhe first slit after Ihe corner should be 1/8" from the corner slit.PUNCHING LACING HOLES Before you can begin lacing.. Turn laather clockwise and repeat on next corner. Be sure all edges are lined up and that the pu nch is held straight. Can· tinue punching to next corner. Properly align succeeding slits. Space the first slit from the corner the same distance as between the prongs of the chisel (always measure between the bottom of the 51 its). If you are using a 1/8" ch isel. Continue punching to nexl corner. place first prong in last slit punched and punch again. you have to punch precisely spaced lacing holes or slits in the leather. Turn chisel slightly so the last prong is on the guide line and tip the ch isel so the last prong makes II faint impression and repeat the process until agai n on a straight area. Continue in this manner. such as a pocket. Then punch the impressions with a . They also come in angled chisels for slanted lacing slits. Space the first sl it from tha corner the same distance as between the prongs of the ch isel. always turning leather clockwise. otherwise . When punching through several layers of leather. millht punch through the edge a an inSide piece.:. "-.ao. to be sewn with thread. There are several ways to do this and many tools available to the leathercrafter or hobbyist. these rules are not hard and fast as stated in the introduction.. the first sl it shoutd be 1/8" from the corner slit. Place first prong in last slit punched and punch again. six-pronq and eight· prong punches and they punch slits ranging in size from 1/16" to 5/32" in width. Then punch imprassions with II If slits do not come out avenly spaced at the nex t corner.

The punching tubes are replaceable. Place the top "tooth" in the pre-punched slit and the bottom tooth on the gusset and squeeze the hand las. the prong would cut through the edge of the pocket.g chisel can be used at an angle to prevent cutting the edge. Example A: This shows the edge of the pocket coming directly in the center of the slit. After the gussets have been cemented in place.lng the gussets. When cementing the pockets in place (after the back has been punched) often the edge of the pockets will be in the center of a slit . Example B: Here.THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE THE SAME FOR BOTH STRAIGHT AND ANGLED CHISelS THIS VIEW SHOWS TOP AND EDGE OF THE PROJECT THIS VIEW SHOWS EDGE AND BOTTOM OF THE PROJECT POCKET EDGE CAN BE TR TO EXPOSE SLIT IN LINING AND CARVING LEATHER Sometimes it is preferable to punch lacing slits in the back of a project before assembling the inside parts. You can't reach these places easily with b chisel. grasp the shoulder of the tube with pliers and pull. Scribe a guide line with wing dividers as with chisels. Pull out the punch and move over. USB the nippars to punch the slits in the gussets. When making handbags or cases or really any project. the edge of the pocket sufficiently covers the slit so that the single·pron. . Should the edge be cut. the slits are usually punched beforeinstall.. / / USE NIPPERS WITH OVERSTITCH WHEELS (Page6) FOR EITHER STRAIGHT OR ANGLED SLITS. Then carefully trim off the corner edge of the pocket as shown.. Insure proper spacing by placing the end tube in the last hole punched. (It Is II good idea to scribe a light guide line around the gusset to be sure the slits come out straight. REPLACING TUBES Remove tubes with pliers. and when punched. This is undesireable. Replace tubes bV pushing tube in hole and then placing the punch on apiece of leath er 0 r protecto board and hitting punch with a mallet. Adjustments have to be made to prevent this. USE A #0 MINI PUNCH TO PUNCH AROUNO CURVES AND TO ADJUST SPACING AT CORNERS. like handbag gussets. The purpose of punching lacing slits in the carved back before cementing thB pockets in place is to insure proper spacing and easier punching through the total thick ness. Punch up to this slit in Stap 1. Study the suggestions presented above. Always remember to use a protecto board under your leather to protect your tools. It punches the holes more accurately and rapidly than could be accomplished with the mini-punches. 4-IN-1 ROUND HOLE PUNCH This punch is used in the same way as the multi-prong punches except it punches 1/16" round holes instead of 51 its . sic ipping this slit as in Step 2. simply trim off the corner edge as shown in example A. LACING NIPPERS A pair of Lacing Nippers is a handy tool for punching those areas which won't lay flat against a table. Lacing Nippers punch a 1/8" lit..

It comes in a set with one handle and 6 tubes. Grip the tube with the pliers and turn ccurrtar-clockwise. If leather seems a bit tough it will help to swing your hand to the right and left as you squeeze the handles. with a punch on the end. Push wheel ca. as in saddle stitching. Place tube on guide line with anvil under the leather and squeeze the handles. Size 0 Size t Size 2 Size 3 Size 4 S 5/64" 3/32" 7/64" 1/S" 5/32" 1 •• TUBE SIZES • •• Use the mini punch with the 4-IN·l Punch to go around curves Or 10 adjust spacing Or use 10 punch all holes after marking positions with an Overstitch Wheel. Rotate wheel until desired lube size is over the anvil. It can also be used in conjunction with the Rotary Punches as it can reach many places a Rotary Punch can't. For instance. Scribe a guide line with wing dividers. TURN TO SADDLE STITCHING INSTRUCTIONS FOR FURTHER USES OF OVERSTITCH WHEELS MINI PUNCH The Mini Punch is an all-purpose hole punch with interchangeable tubes from zero to five. ROTARY PUNCH A Rotary Punch is a ptier-like tool. a number & wheel will mark 5 stitches to the inch. They are available in several sizes. . Apply firm downward pressure to make distinct impressions. Remove lubes with a pair of pliers. Extra handles are available. Place the punch in position on leather and strike with a mallet. Replace the tube by turning it clockwise. Not all rotary pu nches changeable tubes.refully along guide line. Be sure you protect the tips with a protecto board or piece of leather. etc. These tools are used to mark spacing for holes when you are not using multi-prong punches or are using an awl to punch holes. Hold the wheel in posttion shown at lett. The head of the punch has six tubes radiating out like the spokes of a wheeL With a turn of the wheel you can change hole sizes. Remove tubes from punch with a pair of pliers just as you removed the mini punch tubes. You squeeze the handles to punch the hole. For lacing holes the number zero or number one is generally used unless using latigo or buckstitch lace. Size 1 Size 2 Size 3 Size 4 Size 5 Size 6 3/32" 7/64" 1/8" 5/32" 11/64" 3/16" • ••••• TUBE SIZES hilVe inter- NOTE: The 6·IN·' Rotary Punch tubes are interchangeable with Mini Punch tubes. The numbers indicating size tell you how many stitches per inch each wheel marks.OVERSTITCH WHEELS &ribe a light guide line with wing dividers first. a number 6 will mark 6 holes to the inch.

Now insert the pointed end of the lace in the open end of the naedle and twist clockwise several times until the lace is firmly secured. Close the needle on the lace and squeeze genlly with a pair of pliers so the prongs pierce the lace and lock . Pass the lace through the eye of the needle. Should needle fail to thread properly. unscrew stub with a palr of small tweezers. the lace is usually stiff enough to go through the holes without a needle.THREA. spring the naadla open and insert the end of the 18. but do not sk lva it. Smooth side of lace. This helps to insure the lace will not slip out of the needle when you pull it through the leather. called the Latigo Life Eye. . If this is unsuccessful. and l/B"laces while the large size. 5/32" buck stitch and even latigo laces. Remove the lace by sprin9. To remove the lace. take a pin and run it into the stub of lace (at angle) and Unscrew counter clockwise. It's like trying to push a piece of thread through cloth without a needle. When you start lacing. much preferred professional craftsmen. Close the needle on the lace and sq ueeze the needle with a pa ir of pliers so that the prongs pierce the lace. It is inexpensive and can usually be used for several lacing jobs before it is discarded. a needle is advantageous when lacing. LIFE EVE NEEDLES These are solid brass round needles. there is probably material lodged in the eye. Below we will show you how to thread three diffirent kinds of lacing needles.' ing the prongs open and pulling the lace off the prcngs. Unlike the two previous needles. but after going through a holes it soon becomes too soft and pliant to push through.c8. spring the needle open as shown in Step 2. 1 Spring the threading needle open. twist the lace counter clockwise. This can be removed with a pin. as their imply. Life Eye Needles can be used again and again. The small size is recommended for 3/32" Cut tha laci n9 to a sharp point as shown hem.in place. HOOK AND EYE NEEDLE This is also a flat lacing needle. It is recommended for 3/32" flat lace. This needle is also considered to be disposable. Prepare the lace as in the instructions above. If lacing accidently breaks even with the eye of this needle.DING THE NEEDLES Just as in sewing. The lace passes through a hole or eye in the end of the needle before it is gripped by the prongs and hooks. end of the Point the skived end as shown. The Two-Prong Needle is the most widely used lacing needle. is used for larger laces such as 3/16" florentine. TWO PRONG NEEDLE This is a flat lacing needle recommended for 3/32" and 1/8" flat laces. 4 lnsert thu pointed end of the lace into the needle. To remove the lace from the needle eye. smooth side up as shown.

Pull the old Iace up tight. however on thicker leathers. Continue laci ng and Iace over ends. Adhere skived ends together. You will have to splice in a new length of lace. Often on a spool of lace a piece will be spliced in to fill the spool. but it is done the same way regardless of the type lacing being done. to lock them in place. unless your project is very small and you are doing a very simple stitch. allowing about 3/4" to remain. cement splicing must be used. Allow cement to dry until tacky. an angle. Carefully apply craftsman cement to the skived ends. The illustrations are on double loop lacing. It also frays the edges so that the lace doesn't look good toward the end of the project. Continue lacing around your project with new lace. n project with Push need Ie or go to the double loop lacl n9 the rest of you r the new leng'th of lace. On thin leathers. This is because pulling the lace through all those holes wears the lace and may weaken it. DRY SPLICING This type splicing can be used on any type lacing as long as you have more than one layer of leather. • - . very carefully slit the edge of the leather down to below the lacing holes and covering about three holes. dry splicing can be done. Skive the end of the new lace on the bottom side. Sometimes this is just not possible. 2 yards of lace will not go completely around it. It is easy and doesn't take as much time as cement splicing. it is recommended that you put enough lace in your needle to complete the area without splicing. Now beg. Tuck tbsendot the old lace between the leathers and lace over il with the new lace so that it is caught and won't show. maybe even several times. cut off the end at.SPLICING When you lace a project it is generally recommended that you use no more than 2 yards of lace at a time. Use dry splicing technique as shown above. Well. as instructed. SPLICING ON A SINGLE THICKNESS Generally when lacing on a single thickness of leather. under the bight as before next stitch if you are not lacing. Use a sharp knife and very. CEMENT SPLICING This method is commonly used by leathercrafters and manufacturers of lace as well. Skivll the end of the old lace on the top side.

Ieee tight to take loop. you will need 1'1. you will soon be doing a professional job of lacing. Use 3/32" holes and 3/32" lace.. You will still begin between the leathers.times that amount of lace. times the l. only the second time bring the lace up betwaen the leathers and back. Lace around the project leaving a loose loop in th" next to the last hole. plus a little practice. End by running the needle back und er the last few stitches on the back 01 the leather. Pull stitch up tight. if your project measures 2 ft. For example. or 3 ft. always lace with the front or outside of the project facing you! THE WHIPSTITCH RECOMMENDED USAGE: Small project. no matter what technique you are using. How you lace. of lace. a few stitches. the Push needle through the next hole from the back. Use 3/32" holes and 3/32" lace. Continue tacing in a spiral.) You should load no more than 2 yards of lace in your lacing needle at a time as lace can fray and wear from being pulled through the holes. of tho lace. as shown. through the slit and out through tho opposite hole in front.) When lacing. Leave about 1/4" at the end where you slit the lace. times that amount of lace. as shown.ACING T CHNIQUES Lacing puts the finishing touch to handmade leather articles. if your project measures 2 ft. Whip Stitch. .. 2. as shown. around the laced part. 000 o °Oif I Begin lacing just as you did fa.times the length of lace to the length of your project. There are two rules to remember when lacing. With the following instructions. Continued On page 10. Spread the two leather layers and lace through the last hole.en9th of lace to the length of your project. For example. you will begin lacing a bit diffarently. up between the leathers and through the 1st loose loop as shown. Cut off the a sharp knife and with a smooth- In a case where you don't lace cornpletely around a project. Thora will be one unlaced hole between your very first and your last stitch. be sure to catch the beginning tail of lace under the next few stitches 0 n the back of the leather.s with little stress on seams or as decorative edging. or 7 ft. you will need 3'1.. as shown. being careful no t to twist the lace. has a great deal of importance in the overall appearance of the finished product.k When tying off. over the end PULL DOWN TIGHT ~ Pull the end at the slack out of the last end of the lace with tap all laCing flat laced mallet. Pull the first loop tight. Whan Whip Stitching on a single thickness of leather. but you will begin i1) the first hole and also take the next stitch in the fi rst hole (twice 1 the first hole in the bac. THE RUNNING STITCH RECOMMENDED USAGE: Small projects with little stress on seams. The Running Stitch uses 1'1. Thread the needle and then pierce the opposite end of the lace with a sharp knife leaving a 51 it of 1/8". gO through last hole in front twice. then thread it through the slit in the end of the lace and through the opposite hole. of lace. 1.. Begin lacing in between the two layers of leather. tightening the lace as you go. your technique and proficiency. Push needle through next hole. The Whip Stitch uses 3'1. Pull stitch up tight to lock the lace. around the laced part. Bring the needla over the edge ot the leather to the tronl of the project and through next halo over from beginning hole.

End by running lace under last stitch on back. through slit in tho lace. Rememberfor Buckstitching you musthave an even number of slits. bringing needle up between the leathers. begin lacing between the leathers. Spread the leathers...'l BEGINNING ~~ FLESH SIDE Pull all stitches up tight and pull the end of the lace tight. Use 3/32". through slit in lace and through first slit in front. pulling stitches tight as you go. begin lacing from back side in first slit. End by running lace under last stitch on back. ~ -)} THE BUCKSTITCH RECOMMENDED USAGE: Small projects with little stress on seams or as decorative edging. ~e: . then back through second slit in end of lace. push need Ie back through next to the last hole.. ( Push needle through last slit. Then lace through the second hole (second time through back holel and continue lacing as usual. ~~~.:. Push need Ie through last hole. BEGINNING STITCH Pull this stitch up tight and continue lacing in and out of the slits. Pu II stitch up tight to lock the lace. begin lacing from back r side in first hole. pu!li ng the stitches tight as you go. from front. Pull all stitching up tight and pull the end of the lace tight. When not lacing all the way around a project.continued from page 9. Then come up through first slit in back. then back through second hole and through slit in end of lace. Lace to the last slit and leave a loose loop in the second to the last slit. if your project measures 2 ft. Push needle through next slit. Spread the leathers. Cut off the end of the lace close to the leather and tap all lacing flat with a smooth mallet. and through first hole in front. of lace. push needle back through next to the last slit.st hole in the back. ooo~ BEGINNING STITCH /'~ III ~ Pu II rh is stitch up tight and continue lacing in and out the holes. FLESH SIDE When using the Running Stitch on a single thicknoss. For example. bringing needle up between the leathers. BEGINNING O~/~~E ENDING When you don't lace all the way arou nd a project. FLESH SIDE When using the Buckstitch on a single thickness. in second hole in back only. around laced part. Then lace through second slit (second time through second slitl and contl nue lacing as usua I. Buckstitch with angled slits uses approximately 2'h times the length of lace to length of project. ~ U jJf BEGINNING STITCH Pull the loose loop tight and continue pulling all the slack out of the lace. begin lacing between leathers in second sl it in back piece. . 1/8" or 5/32" angled slits with same width lace. Come through fi. bei n9 earefu I not to twist the lace. When tying off. V/ / When tying off. go through next to last hole in back only and bring the lace up between the leathers and back a few stitches. Cut off the end of the lace close to the leather and tap all lacing flat with a smooth mallet. go through next to last slit in back only and bring the lace up between the leathers and back a few stitches. you will need 5 ft. ~ ~ ENDING ~~.THE RUNNING STITCH.

laci. FLESH SliDE When. Use 3/32" slits with 3/32" lace. When not lacing all the way around a pro] act.:. T a stitc hes flat with a mallet.. BEGINNING 7 --Pull all stitches tight. Be sure smooth side of lace faces you. Lace through 2nd sl it..nole thick ness. Lace to loop in through (on back between beginning stitch and leave a nax t to last stitch. you must have an even number of slits.it as shown. 1/8" or 5132" slits with same width laea. Continued on page 12.. Begin at top through front of end. as shown in dr. around laced pan. then bac'k th rough second slit in and of lace. Hold with flnge.emember for iBuckstitching... Buckstitch with straight slits uses approximately 2 times the length of project. Continue lacing: as.. lace. Straight Slits -Begin lace as shown co rrect sld es of Iace.. Then tace through second slit (second time through second 51 it) and continue laci ng as usual.. End by ru nning lace under last strtch on back. with tha flesh side up. Pull up snugly. above. begin lacing between leathers in second slit in. These first 2 stltches shou Id not be tight. . Than come up through first slit in back.. Use 3/32". Lace back one slit onlyl and push needle up leathers. Cut off ends. Pull up snugly.- '_- Pull first loop t.eogtn of the project.0 through next to last slit in bat.awin05.1009 W' Fold end up and loop lace around as shown.. Continue you 9". Lace to the beginning. if your project measures 2 ft. but snug as they must be adjusted when c"npleting steps 8·16.THE BUC. of lace. push side.. you will need 13 ft. Leave about . through sUt in end af lace and through first sl it in front. as shown.... tying oft~ 9.. of project. This keeps the grain side of tha lace out on both sides of the project. .s until 151 sti tch is t igh tened. When you reacha corner. Don't forgel 10 go under the loop each time on the corners.. Pu II stitches tight as Th ink ·of 1h is sutch as a spiral.. R. Push needla under lace assh own . the back. around laced part. Single Loop Lacin 9 uses 6% times more lace than the '. Continue lacing in th is fashion until you reach corner hole. Pull first stitch tight. Turn needle and go back through next s1. where little lace is required to cover the "raw" edge. When using the Buckstitchon a 5. Lace last sl it...n9. N"te -. before. through the threa corner holes twice each. Do not twist lace. For example.k only and bring the lace up between the laathers and back a few s ti tc hes.igh1 and lace back through first slits of both lea·thers. if your project measures 2ft. begin Jaci ng from back side in first slit. pun the loose loop tight and conti nue pull ingall the 51ack auto f the lace. .KSTITCH RECOMMENDED USAGE: Small projects with little stress on seams or as decorative edging. you will need 4 ft. For example. of lace.=:-~- SI'NGLE LOOP LACING RECOMMENDED USAGE: Lightweight leathers or single thickness projects.

LACE THROUGH THREE CORNER HOLES TWICE EACH Pull the stitch under the bight snug but not tight. Once again go under the bight and pull the stitch snug. you will need 14-16 ft. Beginning on front side of project. When Single Loop Lacing on a single thickness of leather. as shown. Clutches. Lace through the next hole. For example: If your project measures 2 ft. of lace. go through last slit.BLE LOOP LACING RECOMMENDED USAGE: 1 Medium size projects such as billfolds. DOU.-Carefully cut off ends from the flash side. Use 3/32" or 1/8" lace with correspondingly sized slits. etc. When you are not lacing completely around a project you will begin as in Step 9 of the Whipstitch on page 9. -. under loop and then go through last slit in front only and come out between the leathers and back a few stitch 95. Tap lacing flat with mallet or roll under a wooden dowel.Push needle through slit. Double Loop Lacing uses 7-8 times more lace than the length of the project. pull the need Ie and lace through the 1 st slit. Lace through the next slit. The end of the lace can now be released as it is new locked in place. Then come under first stitch as shown and continue lacing. be sure to catch the beginning tail of lace under the first few stitches on the back of the leather. This forms a Push the needle under Ihe cross or bight. Hold the end of the lace down on the side.. Pu lithe stitch end you cross or t igh!. • When lacing a corner. stitch through the three corner holes twice each.. . ng over the free. End by running the needle back under the last few stitches on the back of the leather. Leave about W' of the lacing end and go on 10 the next slit. purses. around laced part. Pull lacing up snug and adjust so that all of the stitches appear even. lac. Follow the same procedures as in steps 1 and 2 making a cross or bight . When ending. up beBe sure lacing Adjust the stitches by pushing and working the lacing together with fingers as shown.

Tap lacing flat with a mallet or roll flat with a wooden dowel.through bight On th e end of lace Pull any slack out of the first loop and adjust lacing with fingers to make all V ou r 51 itches appear equ al. you will begin lacing as in Step 1 through 3. Come out between the leathers and back 8 few stitches. you can begin just a5 you did in Step 24. In Step 4. Push needle through the las'! sl it as shown. ENDING FLESH SIDE Wh en end in g. Bring it up between the leathers and out between the lac ing. J FLESH SIDE When vou are not lacing completely around a project. back under the last few stitches on the back of the leather. Trim oft. run the needle. lay it along fhe edge of the leather and just lace over it. Ih rough front only. go through last under bight and then go through the last 51 it agai n. Make sure all stitches appear even and equally spaced. Pull the end of the lacing down tight. When Double Loop Lacing on a single thick ness of leather. instead of holding the end down on the back. Carefu lIy cut off the end of this lacing. When ending. .

For example: If your project mea. lace goos under TWO strands on front. you will need 18 feet of lace. to tocssn Pull end out of hole from break ing and spread cement back side.TRIPLE LOOP LACING RECOMMENDED USAGE. because it will cover thicker edges.in removing shown. Pull stitch snug over end. Lace to 2 open holes on front: one open hole on back. Splice same as for double loop. However.ight. under ONE strand on back side. end of lace as Pull end side.' sures two feet around laced part. briefcases and holsters. Trtrn . the front side of the project should be f~c'ng you. ONE strand on back. lace under b. lace through nO)<1 hole. Triple Loop Lacing uses approximately 9 times more lace than the length of the project.pun stitch snug: lace under bight (cross) same as with double loop stitch. adhesion. out of hOle from hack Pull end from under lacing at tOp. lace through next holo left. tuck between leathers. • TWO OPEN IHOLES Use stvtus leathers. lace under bight. strands 13 Splice often as required. Bogin as shown.g to start in9 po inl . through first hole to right. Pull ond up BETWEEN Be SURE to maintain loops. Heavier projects such as purses. Beg. the two some end. Continue lac in. loather. As with other typos of stitches. lace through next hole. under TWO strands on front. Laca . Pull snug. Pull snug.

SADDLE STITCHING RECOMMENDED Saddle stitching for sewing two leather together. This marks . overstitch tool. Ba su re to stab proper angle with the awl blade. L. Push needle "8" through second hole from front of leather. Punch second hole with needles as shown above. down Push on adjust. Stab first nets with awl as shown abova. unwaxed linen thread and beeswax or prewaxed thread. begin Continue tightening pulling stitchas. CarefullV push noodle through BOTH loops.K aep tool tight against leather edges to insure a uniform gouge along the edge. Push one needle th rough hole and pu II until equal amount of thread is on eaeh side of leather. AI· ways push back side naedle through hole first.-~=====::=~~. THREADING THE NEEDL. position of awl holes to insure avan stitches. or USAGE: more method pieces of is the bast Use a Stitching awl to punch holes. Be careful not 10 pierce "AU with neadle "B". e . lacing with fingers to Go back to step 23 and pulling slack out of lace..Laee under bight through 1st loop.E J. slack and Pull slack down through both loops. hole and up Carefullv cut off end. Gouge the leather on both sidllS.'€~~==I Usa the stitching groover and gouge a' channel arou nd the edges of the leather. lacing should be adjusted to give an even appearance. awl. Tap lacing around project and rub or roll for evsness. stitching groover. Moisten the gouged channels lightly with a damp sponge. and run the overstitch tool all arou nd the channel on the front sida onlv. You will also need two harness needles.ace through remaining between lacing at top. Hold Push needla "A" through sacond hole from back side as shown.

Cut th reads off in stltehin g chan nel on both sides with a sharp knife. Bring lace over to front of leather then lace through second slit. . Leave %" of lacing end tucked down between leathers. Put needles on a new length of thread. Pull threads tight with each stitch. around laeed part.sures 2 tt. Complete stitching as eKplained in step 11. pull last stitch tight and tie threads together on top edge of leather as show n. Use equal tension with both hands. Each slit should be laced through twice. Lace through slit again then bring lace to of leath er and ollertirst strand under second strand as shown. Lace first first front and Lace around project until you reach or starting slit. Insert awl one hole back from last stitch and start new thread in this hole as axpia ined in step 4. If you are sewing and use up a full length of thread and have not reached the starting hole. edges with of the leather on a bevel-9u edg9 Moisten the edges of the leather and burnish with a circle edge slicker. Bring lace to frOnt of leather then lace through fifth slit.Pull both taken up. Push needle and lace down between leathers then out the back through th ird slit. Bring lacs to front 0 f leather. through next to last slit again. ROUND BRAID OR . Lay project 0 n work surface and tap over all stitching with a mallet. Bring lace back Over to front side of leather and lace through fourth slit. To cornptete stitching backstitch two holes from starting hole. then cut otf both sets of threads as explained in step 12. then lace through the fourth silt for the second time. over next lace Push lace up under nearest strand and over next strand as in step 3. Cut needles off threads. then over and under and back two. Round the both sides beveler. Continue stitch· ing around project to starting hole. Run overstitch wheel over all of the stitches this actually helps the ap· pearancs of any slightly irregular stitches. threads until all slack is To tighten the stitch grip threads as shown and pull into gouged channel. Be careful not to mar leather. For example: II your project mea. continue lacing going under and over and forward three. Bring lace over to front of ·Ieather and push lace through first slit. USB 1/8" or 3/16" lace respondi r1gly sized 51 its with corOr holes. of [ace. then lace through next open slit in line. Continue stitching around project to startlnq hole. 5 Round braid uses 9 times more lace Ihan the length 01 Ihe projecl. you will need 18 ft. Push lace up under nearest strand and over next strand. Go over the fi rst strand and under the second strand.MEXICAN BASKETWEAVE RECOMMENDED USAGE: Use this stitch on any edge where a round bra ided effect is desired.

you will need two 8ft. Pull the needle with dark color lace through second slit leaving "''' of the lacing end in the slit. Pull ends of laces ou t of slits and up between leathers. cor- Two color double loop lace takes approximately 4' of one color lace and 4' of another color lace for each foot of project length laced.lm-"_ I . clutches. Continue lacing to starting point.kside to pull light lace out of the slit. Trim sible. stitch through the three corner slits twice remem ing to alternate between the colors of lace. Beginning on front side of project . lace th rough the next open slit. For example: if your project measures 2 ft. Pull the stitch under the bight snug bu t not tight. lengths of different colored lace. Pull this stitch snug but not tight. ngly sized 51 its. Pull the stitch snug. leave about %" of the lacing end. it When lacing a corner. instead of one. through bight on all Lace until only 5" or 6" of lacing remains. Cut off ends of laces you have pulled out and tuck ends of laces butween the leathers. (Splicing instructions shown on page 8 are basically the sam e for 2 color double loop lacing except that two lengths of lace must be added in. Follow the same procedures as in steps 4 and 5 wil. side by side. pu '585. Push lace th rough second slit. lace up under nearest Go over nex t st rand then down under strand on top as shown. etc. Lace through next open slit. Push this needle under the first lace where it crosses over the edge of the leather. in the slit. Bring lace over to fro nt of leather going under strand then through the last slit. around laced part. Use modeling tool from bac.ine . You will now hsve to splice with two new lengths of lace. lace light lace through next slit in line. one on the back. the needle with light lace under cross or bight formed bV the dark in steps 2 and 3. lace through third slit. Pu II light lace out of loop formed by dark lace. lace up under first strand and ave r next strand.T. . Fro m fro nt side. skip one slit and lace through next slit from front. the • bight . This will form a cross or "bight". Push stylus down between the leathers and hook it over the ends of both laces. Use 3/32" or 1/8" lace with respond. pull the needle and light color lace through the first slit. Th rae em ply 51 its should appear on the front side.h dark lace going under the bight formed by the Iight lace then on th rough the next 51 in I. . pushing the lace up between the leathers and out stitching on top. then bring lace to front of lea ther. lace dark lace under formed by light lace. ners four either of'f excess lace as close 115 posNote: When lacing around cor lace through the corner slit times and through the slits on side three times each. DOUBLE LOOP TWO TONE LACING RECOMMENDED USAGE: Medium size projects such as bill· fOlds.

push the needle with dark lace through cross or bight formed in step 25. The light lace is shown on the inside in these instructions. Push needle with dark lace through the last slit. Pu II any 51ack out of the first loop and adjust lacing with fingers to make all your stitches appear equal. When two color double loop lacing on a sin gle th ick ness of leather. Bring it up bB1ween the leathers and out between the lacing.. Push needle through the last slit as shown. . Pu II the st itch tight. through front only. and 6. When endino. Carefully cu I off ends of lac ing. Tap lacing flat with a mallet or roll flat with a wooden dowel. When ending.Lace under bi. Come up between the leathers and back a stitch. Carefully cut off the end of this lacing. Lay ends along the edge of the leather and Iace ovar them starti n9 w lth th e light lace coming from the back and going into the second hole in line from the front.ght formed by dark Do not pull this stitch light.s8 the cotors of the IKe in steps 27 through 30 if you end with dark lace going through the last sl it first. ends. Come up between the leathers and back a stitch. Push needle and dark lace through bight formed by light lace. Note: Reve. leave " . go through last slit with light lace as shown. Pull end of light lace down tight. 4. the dark lace is sh OWn On the outside. 5. Continue lacing as shown in steps 3. When you are not lacing compllftely around a projllct you will begin lacing by pulling both colors of lace through the first slit as shown. Push neadle with light laca through bight formed by dark lace and pull the stitch snug. Make sure all your stitches appear equal. begin as you did in step 25. Push needle with light lace through last slit through front only. run the two needles back und ar the last few stitches On the back of the leather.

Moisten the gouged channels lightly with a damp sponge. Lace up through next slit in top row. (second bight formed).- '\ \ \ -Insert newly threaded needle up through next slit in top row. J \ \ .. 7 _. and 6.. under cross or bight as Pull stitch under bight snug but not tight. .APPLI UE LACING USAGE: RECOMMENDED Decorative stitch on belts. wallets. ----.. Lace up through second slit in top row.-. . It is important to keep the distance between the parallel rows of slits the same going around a corner as they are when lacing in a straight line. Lace until 5" or 6" of lacing remains. This marks position of awl holes to insure even stitches To lace corners with the applique stitch. '\ \ \\~ I . Lace through next slit in bottom..'- . Lace through next slit in bottom row.. Lace under second bight as in step 5. I I I . Lace under two stitches on the backside of leather and trim off excess. and 6. as shown. Beginning from backside of leather. " " II I I . -. ."""' .. I __ J .. latching lacing end under stitch on back of leather. You are now ready to splice in a new length of lace. 1/8" or 3/16" lace with correspondingly sized holes or slits.. set up parallel rows of slits as shown above.. Pull end of lace out of second slit in bottom row and second slit in top. \ I . Continue lacing following the same procedures as in steps 4. . Continue lacing following the same procedures as in steps 4.. Push needle up through bight as shown and pull snug but not tight. 9 .. Pull end of lace out of loop. . . slit on top end under Push needle shown. Can also be used to overlay one piece of leather on another. I. etc. and run the stitch tool around the channel on the front side only. :. . \ \ If you are lacing completely around a project.. . Enlarge loop slightly with modeling tool. Leave about 3/4" of lacing end in slit. Use modeling tool to pull end of lace free from first slit as shown. Use 3/32". -----. Lace through next slit in bottom... Pull stitch snug but not tight.I . corner slits twice each Lace through the three inside corner slits twice each and through the four outside corner slits once each. bight on all Pull end of lace out of loop. such as a tooled initial patch on a purse. I I' ·· -----. purses. I I II \~"""~~ II I.-. with one slit on the corner of the inside row and four slits on the outside row. This will form a cross or "bight". 5. . Pull lace out of remaining slit from backside of leather which will leave four empty slits. Lace up through third again catching lacing stitch on back of leather. I I I " ' --.. pull needle and lace through first slit in top row. 5. . Cross over first stitch and lace through first slit on bottom row. . then push needle and lace through second slit on bottom row. . leaving 3/4" of lacing end in slit. \ ----. lace to starting point. . \ \ Be sure to go through corner stitches.

Pu II tight. then trim off excess lace. Do not pull lace tight. The Art of Hand Sewing Leather By AI Stohlman How to BuckstitcH By AI Stohlman #1944 #1946 • See your local Tandy Leather store for these books and more. Tighten then trim off excess lace. Lace through remaining top slit then up through back of loop. Pu II slack out of lace where it runs through loop and under bight. Lace up through bight then down through front of loop.~-- _Continue lacing until you have one slit left on top row and one slit left on bottom row. adjusting lace w nh fingers to make all your stitches appear Push needle under two stitches on backside of leather. Lace down through remaining slit pull tight. Push beginning Iace under two stitches on backside of leather. .