Wed, 15 Apr | Armitage Leather

Traditional Saddle Stitch – One Day

An in-depth introduction to the Traditional Saddle Stitch using Pricking Irons and the Awl.
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Traditional Saddle Stitch – One Day

Date, Times and Location

15 Apr 2020, 09:00 – 17:00
Armitage Leather, Drakelow Business Park, Walton Rd, Burton upon Trent, Burton-on-Trent DE15 9UA, UK

About the Event

The modern irons and techniques are excellent and a real boon to those starting out, sometimes however, it is nice to step back in time and look at the old ways. This is an opportunity to look in detail at one of the most important core elements of leatherwork, the Saddle Stitch, and how to achieve it following the more traditional process.

During this course you will be using irons to mark your holes rather than making them and then employing an awl to make each hole as you stitch.

Many struggle with the difficult task of ensuring a straight stitch on the back and this will be looked at in detail with instruction on how to achieve a pleasing stitch front and back.

In this course we will cover the important elements of the Traditional Saddle Stitch such as:

Iron Selection. Which irons can be used to prick the holes covering the question, do they need to be traditional Pricking Irons or will the modern Stitching Irons also work.

Awl Choice and Maintenance. Possibly the most important tool in this style of stitching. We look at what sort of awl you will need, what size and how to use it. We will also cover setting, sharpening and polishing the awl blade.

SPI and Thread Choice. The Principles of the Saddle Stitch and the relationship between the hole and the thread will be discussed throughout the course 

Setting the Clam and Seating Position. For the modern style of Saddle Stitching, the position of the clam and how we sit are not that vital, for the traditional technique however, it can make or breaks a good stitch.

Holding the Awl and Needles. Fluidity and comfort are important to a good stitch, here we will examine the technique of holding the awl and needles and look at how they swap in the hands to keep the technique moving smoothly. 

Setting the Leather in the Clam. Another seemingly minor point that can in-fact spoil a good line of stitching. We again look at the clam, why it is made the way it is and how we use it to the fullest degree to get the best from it.

Double Pricking. A cheeky little technique to begin to pull the quality of the stitching up on the back of our items. This is where the above techniques really begin to work together.

Correct use of Reverse Irons. There is a lot of misinformation on what reverse irons are for and where they are used. We will look at their purpose, how they are used and when to use them.

  • Traditional Saddle Stitch

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