“The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay” – ISBN 978-0-7643-5121-1
The author of this book is Lisa Sorrell, who is widely regarded as one of the best cowboy bootmakers in the USA. This book has been added to our small range of shoemaking books because there is so much content directly relevant to shoemaking In “The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay”, all of interest to shoemakers in the process of making uppers for shoes. We call it Closing.
There are whole chapters with full details and numerous photos showing how it is done, such as Skiving, Using tools to cut leather, Sewing using exactly the same machines used for sewing uppers. The detail includes needles to use, thread to use, as well as adjusting and looking after the machine. A whole chapter on Beading often used in shoe uppers, another chapter dealing with folding edges or gimping them. Near the back of the book there is a large chapter devoted to setting up and adjusting different types of sewing machines including taking parts off for cleaning and replacing them correctly.
A book that should be on every shoemaker’s shelf.