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Here is a belt that finished yesterday. It is 8-9 oz veg tanned leather, lined with 3-4 oz leather. I used Fiebings professional oil dyes - Dark brown for the belt and Saddle tan for the lining. The belt was hand stitched with Ritza 25 (Tiger Thread) 0.8mm in Colonial Tan for a contrast. Comments, critique and suggestions are welcome.

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Wow! That is a beautiful belt. Nice job!

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Here is a belt that finished yesterday. It is 8-9 oz veg tanned leather, lined with 3-4 oz leather. I used Fiebings professional oil dyes - Dark brown for the belt and Saddle tan for the lining. The belt was hand stitched with Ritza 25 (Tiger Thread) 0.8mm in Colonial Tan for a contrast. Comments, critique and suggestions are welcome.

such beautiful work!!! please keep posting more of your work :) btw how many SPI if I may ask?

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That's a cracking looking belt! That awl is beautiful too.

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Thank you guys for your kind words.

thekid77, I used 6 SPI overstitch wheel from Tandy to mark my stitches. I am quite happy with a way my stitching looks on the front, but still have to work on a back side to make it uniform and neat.

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Nice work! I like the contrast.

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Nice looking belt. Stitching is awesome!

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Very nice, you don't really appreciate a hand stitched belt until you do one. Nice straight lines, it looks great!

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I used to use the same stitching method and I always had trouble punching that awl through the leather straight and keeping my stitches consistent. The front always looked good but the back side was a mess. I finally broke down and bought the Craftool diamond chisel set. It comes with one handle and ten chisel heads. Make a huge difference in my stitching which I struggled with badly. Once I bought the chisel set I could relax and concentrate on the rest of the piece and not have to be so focused on getting the stitching right.

Belt looks awesome, you should be proud.

Stu

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Realy first class job, very nice on every aspect, the dying, the stitching, etc.

Chief

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Neat and in good taste! Love the colors of leather and stitches. I wish there was darker brass furniture to match such leather.

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That's a nice lookin' belt there.

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Neat and in good taste! Love the colors of leather and stitches. I wish there was darker brass furniture to match such leather.

The buckle I used has is Antique Brass from Tandy. It gets darker with time. I have another belt with the same buckle and it developed a nice patina after a year of use.

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I used to use the same stitching method and I always had trouble punching that awl through the leather straight and keeping my stitches consistent. The front always looked good but the back side was a mess. I finally broke down and bought the Craftool diamond chisel set. It comes with one handle and ten chisel heads. Make a huge difference in my stitching which I struggled with badly. Once I bought the chisel set I could relax and concentrate on the rest of the piece and not have to be so focused on getting the stitching right.

I agree, an awl blade makes a huge difference. I used 1.75" John James Harness Awl Blade in my awl (you can see it in the picture). The awl itself was made by me and based on a design by a forum member "slipangle". You can read more about it is his thread.

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