How to Tie Leather Fringe
Hi, this is Eric Sterns with Expert Village. I'm going over some traditionally styled leather work and right now we're talking about the construction of a raw hide knife sheath. What we're going to do is the last step in some fringe work and the fringe has been cut for the bottom piece of the sheath and what we'll do now is we're going to cut an additional, really small, relatively thin piece of fringe from another slice of hide. We always want to cut the fringe and the other things that we need from the outside edges because that way it doesn't take away volume for other projects that you might be working on so you can get as much use out of a single hide as you possibly can. This is a little fringe piece that we've cut and what we're going to do with this is we're going to take this hide, hold it up so the fringe is here and we're going to wrap the hide so that it comes together so that the fringe is brought together just below the knife sheath and what this does is it gathers it, gives it a little bit nicer of a look and prevents it from flailing around out of control. You can also do this with sinu if you like. I'm getting to the point where I like to kind of do these projects with as much of the hide itself as I possibly can. Also, sinu tends to unravel after time and this can simply be pulled tight and then snipped clean. And now you've got a piece that's hanging together a little bit. Now what I will probably do eventually is I will either re-cut this piece or cut the fringe a little bit thinner because I like the fringe to move a little bit more than this, you know more of it. So I will probably, eventually end up making this maybe about two, three inches longer than it is now, just for my own personal taste.