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Hello. My name is Gordon Andrus and it is a great pleasure to welcome you to Red Ox Brand Tools.  While you're here I hope you'll check out my In-Line Swivel Knife Sharpener, and the excerpts from my book, "Drawing Floral Patterns for Leather Tooling, with Acanthus Leaves and Scrolls."  I also invite you to check back from time to time and follow my instructional posts, commentary, videos, and other information relative to the leather arts.

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Generalized Guide to Needle, Thread, and Awl Sizing for Hand Stitching

As the title states, this is a generalized guide. It is based on traditional best practices for handwork. Some of the sizes here may be difficult to find sources for. Thread comes from worldwide sources and varies in size. Different awl widths are notoriously difficult to find. Style variation will have a big effect on some of these sizing choices. At the time of this writing large stitches with wide flat braided threads are in vogue. This guide is still useful. If you proceed by choosing your stitches per inch length first, rather than the leather thickness.

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