Cowboy Boot Stitching
common feature of cowboy boots is their stitching. This can vary enormously,
from minimal details to elaborate designs that hold a certain significance
to the wearer or manufacturer. Top stitching on a custom boot is usually
done with a single-needle sewing machine, one row at a time. A craftsperson
guides the leather through the machine and lines up the rows. Such
a practice can take years of practice.
The best stitch patterns, according to boot makers, can fill the
space of a boot top and keep your eye travelling indefinitely along
the pattern's curves and points. This is a definite sign of care
Stitch patterns vary enormously; some were invented long ago, and
have been adapted over the years. Some bootmakers (now deceased)
are still remembered for their stitchwork, such as Mr. Willie Lusk,
credited for the "inverted flame stitch".
Stitching may provide a clue to its maker if the viewer is knowledgeable
about where to look. Often near the sole of the boot there is a
short row of stitching to the side, which holds the reinforcing
leather or "fenders" in place. The "Toebug"
or "Toe flower" (the elaborate stitching or medallions
that dress up a boot toe) can also give away their creator’s
identity. Often bootmakers will choose one design and keep it throughout
their career. It acts as a signature and can identify the boot to
Cowboy Boots are an American icon but have there
roots in Britain and Germany. Read more about the history
of cowboy boots here.
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the different styles of cowboy
What are your cowboy boots made of? Is it leather,
alligator or even exotic ostrich? Regardless of the type of material,
read more about how to care for
your cowboy boots
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