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A mistress of the craft making waxed ends

The making of waxed ends is, in my opinion, the single most important core skill for a shoemaker after patterning. I believe it is more important even than being able to sharpen a knife. This video of Marquita Volken‘s process for making up a waxed end is worth of many …

Where to get single strand thread

A question I get asked fairly frequently is where to find single-strand thread for making tapered waxed ends for sewing. It’s hard to get really good stuff these days because there isn’t really anywhere doing proper long-staple linen anymore but you can still get workable stuff. The stuff you want …

Notes for left-handers making thread

On a shoe and bootmakers forum I read someone was having trouble with their threads unwinding at the slightest provocation. They knew the thread and code were good because both of them had been used by other people before. The picture they posted showed that the thread had been plied …

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