Fid Coverings

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Fid Coverings

#1by Ronnieg » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:50 pm

This is a somewhat unusual post for Encore Leather Designs. These are shop fids that we use on a daily basis, but they also represent a brief study in handle coverings. The first fid on the left was done following Ron Edwards Advanced Leatherwork Vol. I, pp. 60-61. This is called a Basketweave Knob Cover. This was our first attempt and, as our dear friend Enrique Capone would say, "the lace is smiling at you." That's not a compliment. It means you can see the gaps in the lace. The second fid (burgundy and navy with a gaucho knot) was completed following the instructions in Grant's Leather Braiding, pp. 90-91, Plate 45. We improved considerably with this attemp, but there are still a few gaps. The third fid from the left (cognac) was done following Edwards and the black fid demonstrates considerable improvement-- but still not perfect. What's the point? All of the fids are very comfortable to use, and this is a wonderful way to improve your skills. I've included top down photos to help critique our work. Phil Scoltock is a master at fid coverings, and is a great source of information on this subject.
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