Leather Stiching Horse

April 8th, 2008



Well what a fun project to work on with my uncle, Bill Welch. He did all the wood work and I made some of the hardware. Thanks for all the time and hard work to make this stitching horse for me. When I am trying to stitch leather, I have a heck of a time holding on to it. When I saw a  picture of a small, simple wood tool to hold  leather, I started wondering what was out there to use? My search ended when I found a fellow selling plans on eBay to make a stitching horse from a very old set of prints.    I purchased the plans and my uncle modified them this to suit my needs and well here it is. He used curly maple for the seat and the clamping arms, with walnut hole plugs to conceal and accent the screw holes. I made the leather belting to pull the clamping arms together.   The  end result is not only highly functional, but will become a beautiful piece of  woodwork to be handed down in our family.    Uncle Bill , thanks again for the all the hard work, sweat and time you put into making this leather crafting tool for me.  I will think of you when I am using it and the great time we had working on this project.

7 Responses to “Leather Stiching Horse”

  1. Darylee Says:

    I came across your post on this stitching horse quite by accident looking for stitching horse plans. You have done a wonderful job on this …thanks for the view.

  2. cheryl doolin Says:

    i have a stiching horse…hand made…and similar to this one that i would like to sell…can u give me an idea about their value??? thanks

  3. robert Says:

    Beautiful job, and hightly functional

  4. K. T. RainWater Says:

    Howdy from Wyoming. My husband gifted me with a beautiful antique stitching horse…that does not look much different from the one pictured above. I see that some of the parts are missing…could you give me the source for the spring….Happy stitching.

  5. Darryl Says:

    Uncle Bill did a bang up job on your stiching horse. This is exactly what I have been looking for. With a few modifications I can adapt it to my special needs. Where can I locate the plans?
    Thank you,

  6. Pizza in Evanston Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your posts. Don’t have much to add, cheers!

  7. Wim Says:


    Your uncle did a wonderful job. For my leatherwork I would like a similar one.
    I’m very interested in the guy that sold you the plans for this stitching horse. Could you forward me his email address?

    Thanks and greetings from the Netherlands



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