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Traditional saddle stitch with Armitage Leather

Traditional saddle stitch with Armitage Leather

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Group Course - 5 Places Available.
Being part of a group environment is a fun and rewarding way to learn.
There is less pressure than being the sole student in a one to one session and the opportunity of seeing how different people approach the same task can be very enlightening.

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 traditional 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, you 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.

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.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and hardware are provided along with a light lunch each day.
Tea and Coffee are limitless.
There is ample parking and WiFi.


Nigel Armitage at Armitage Leather
Armitage Leather
Drakelow Business Park, Walton Road
Burton upon Trent
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  • Advanced/pro level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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