HAND-CRAFTED LEATHER GOODS
Mummy Wrapping stitch
If you were to picture how Egyptian mummies were wrapped up then this stitch is, believe it or not, supposed to bear a resemblance to them. It is in fact an extremely useful stitch where edges are of necessity required to be tightly closed up, such as a small coin purse, from which no coin can unintentionally escape. Using a wide lace, each of the holes is gone through twice. The amount of lace you'll require is approximately eight times the length to be covered, though on smaller items it has been suggested allowing up to ten times in order not to find you have insufficient lace to finish the task.
Starting with the first illustration in Fig. 1 observe that the lace goes through the bottom hole at the back, with the end of the lace going between the two pieces of leather. In Fig.2 you'll see that the lace now goes through each hole twice. To enable this to occur more easily you can use a lacing fid to lead the way through the hole each time.
Continue along until you reach a corner, for example, as depicted in Fig. 3. Please note that when going around corners you have to take the lace through 3 times.
Now we have come to Fig. 4. It is important when finishing up to take the lace through the last hole at the back and then bring it up between your two pieces of leather. The last few stitches have to be loosened to enable the end to go through them. Lastly, as shown in Fig. 5, you must now tighten up the stitches, this involves pulling on the end firmly before trimming it off flush. The last un-numbered illustration is a representation of how the finished edge of the article will appear.