Saddle-Stitching, Piping
& Welt Seam Techniques
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All stitching on this website is done by hand

Saddle-stitching is the traditional method used to bind two or more layers of harness leather.  Two harness needles are used with beeswaxed Barbour’s 4, 5, 6 or 7 cord flax sinew.  A half-knot is tied as the needles cross each other in every hole previously opened using a saddler's awl.  Beginning and end stitches are trippled-back for security and no knots are tied.  Many pouches have welt seams, a third layer strip of burnished and molded harness leather which hides & protects the stitches and prolongs the life of the pouch. This adds about an hour to the construction time and produces a unique, finely-finished edge.

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Stitches are about the same distance apart AND from the edge as the leather is thick.
The half-knot on each stitch is the mark of traditional saddle-stitching.


The importance of saddle-soaping and dubbin & how to apply them

Tanning methods and the danger of using chromium-tanned leathers


Is leather just a by-product of the meat industry?

The entire epidermal layer of your skin turns over every forty-eight days

Build Your Own Pair
Care for Your Leather
Leather Terms
Leathersmithe History
California Tanneries
Tanning Methods

Galleries and Links
Pouches, Wallets, Bags
Belt Pouches
Commemorative Pouches
Passport Pouches
Drum-back Pouches
Calf Bracelets
Shoes & Boots

"Davy – many thanks for your fun and detailed tutoring – I know 100% more than I did before embarking on making my apron.  I’m sure it will be much used and soon acquire its own patina.”  LB  5/2017

I'm glad we both realized our successful expectations; we cut our coat to the cloth and figured out a bold interpretation of a classic article of work-wear.  It will look great with wood shavings all over it.  Davy

Begun December 2015