Advanced Hand Stitching: The Box Stitch
Thursday, 5/16,1:00pm – 5:00pm, W208, Sheridan College
Intermediate to Advanced
This class includes an extensive handout and is a unique opportunity to learn one of the lesser known stitching techniques of fine leatherwork. At one time, many cases or boxes were made from leather, and the makers of these case goods employed the use of hand box stitching. Though rarely taught, this stitching technique is a hallmark of the finest work in leather and is still used in the finest case work today. Workshop attendees will progress through the steps with Gordon to learn the technique. While the recommended skill level for this workshop is “Intermediate to Advanced”, attendance in Basic Hand Stitching will also be sufficient.
Materials to Bring: Size 003 or 002 Harness (egg eye) needles, small, sharpened diamond awl with handle, stitching clamp if you have one and can bring it, and note taking materials. Cameras welcome. Tools will be provided where needed. Needles and awls can be purchased in advance from Red Ox Brand Tools at https://redoxbrand.sagecreeksaddles.com
Gordon is an artist, craftsman, and author. Gordon has been working leather since the mid-1970s, when he was given a handful of tools that had belonged to his grandfather. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 1990. He has owned Sage Creek Stock Saddle Co. for the past sixteen years. “Artistry is vital to any creative endeavor. As a saddler, I strive to achieve as high a level of artistry in my craftsmanship as I can. I love making things that are useful.”