Braided Lacing

I suppose this style of lacing has a special name, but I don't know what it is, so Iwill call it Braided Lacing. I saw it on a purse made in Mexico. It took me some time to work it out, but I have now used it on a couple of projects and it both looks great and functions very well. On the flint pistol bag it was used as a corner joint for the structure of the bag. On the shotgun bag it is mostly a flat seam.

Basic Pattern:

First anchor the ends of the lace. In this example I tied a knot in the yarn. On the outside come down two holes, through and back up one hole on the inside. I find it easier, and with buckskin mandatory, to use a lacing needle. Repeat and repeat. At this point you have to watch the under, over, under braid or weaving pattern. From one side it is automatic. From the other side use your lacing needle to go under the first lace. Note the first repeat. The red going from hole 2 to hole four went over both the first and second pieces of yarn. When you get to the end zig zag the lace back through three or four of the straight underside lacing. A good idea is to leave enough to untie the beginning and zig zag it through the top. If you run out of lace, this makes a good change over to the next piece. For long projects, cut the lace into managable leangths.

Note: Yarn is a lousy choice for lacing, but the red and white do make it easy to follow in the pictures. One color looks better as well

Corner Lace

I have two examples. The original I learned from had a strip of heavy harness grade leather that formed the bottom and sides of the bag laced to the front and the back/top/flap. The strap attachment hides the start/finish.

The flint pistol bag has a single piece of leather as front/bottom/back/top/flap. The end of the shoulder straps are the sides of the bag. At right is the start of the lacing. The top two holes have a long piece threaded through the holes, diagonally down to the next hole and diagonally back up to the top hole inside. The lace is started slightly off-center so that the piece to piece transitions are not aligned. Then start as above. Starting at the end of one piece, in this case the front, precludes later alignment problems.

Flat Seam

There are two ways to do the flat seam. One is to over lap the two pieces, run a double row of holes through both pieces and lace. See the vertical braid on the picture. The other is to put one row of holes through both pieces and the other row one just beyond the edge. See the horizontal braid. The first is a bit stronger and the second looks more attractive and better finished.

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