I doubt just for a little while… should I go on in the Christmas theme or should I do a little technique post just in between. But what if I gave it a little Christmas name: ” The X-mas stitch” or “Merry X-stitch” … but then I thought, this technique is one to read for now and save the post for forever because this is an X-tra special … Alright, alright I will quit by now, let’s just start eXplaining the flat X-stitch.
A flat edge…
There are a lot of different techniques you can use to sew two pieces of leather together. But what type of technique do you use on two edges 180 degrees, facing each other? Well, one of the techniques is the flat X-stitch. This stitch is double as fancy as any other stitch since you could also go for the reverse look which is a classic horizontal stripe, (at the back of the X). It will look as great on the inside as well as on the outside. The perfect stitch for me to give the edge a little something awesome and to complement my design of my classic clutch.
How to flat x-stitch
First I tried it on a piece of scrap so don’t think I am making the tiniest clutch you can think of … And don’t worry the how to does really contains just three steps. So, let’s start. Let’s number the pricking holes from left to right like :
The first stitch is around 1. and 2. So you’ve got a closed loop. The next step is to go from 2. to 3. on the visible side and with the same needle from 3. to 4. on the back side.
The same is done but with the other needle (you always sew with two needles with leather craft), from 1. to 4 on the visible side and from 4. to 3. on the back side. Now you should have something looking like the image below.
When you do this again from 4. to 5. on the visible side, 5. to 6. backside, 3. to 6. visible side and 6. to 5. on the backside you will get the next X-stitch. Continue this pattern for the rest of the length of your edge and you will get an awesome little-detailed edge stitch! That easy? Yeah, you’ve seen it… No more magic steps…
I actually liked this stitch that much that I used it immediately on the classic clutch I’m making! Below already some details of the edge to give you an idea how this might work out on your project.
A post a little bit shorter than you’re used to but yeah, I can’t make it any more difficult than it is… Or should I start with more X-jokes… like XXX Florine… Nope, that’s really it ladies, let’s get back to work don’t you think.
Is this the type of stitch you were looking for? Or are you facing any other problems with edges? Leave a comment or a request behind below and I will see what I can do!