This is a picture of me sewing a reinforcing cord across the side seam of a type 40 shoe I was working on at Canterbury Faire in 2008. I’m sewing this with a real boar bristle, one of a very few I have and I have to say they are wonderful to work with. Not as convenient as nylon monofilament, but stiffer and I found much easier to sew with.
It’s just a shame about the horrible handle on the awl. One day I’ll replace all my awl handles with more accurately medieval ones. One day.