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Basic Hand Stitching

Gordon Andrus

Thursday, 05/16, 8:00am – 12:00pm W208, Sheridan College

All skill levels welcome!

Mastery with a needle and thread is the most fundamental skill in the leather arts, and recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the simple elegance of hand-stitched leather work.  This workshop will cover basic hand stitching, including double needle harness stitching, casting a hitch in the stitch, and tying off with a hidden knot. Time permitting, Gordon will demonstrate lock stitching with a hooked awl, and stitching an edge to edge butt seam.

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

Gordon Andrus

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.”