Since I started making my stays I have been pondering what the best technique for making the eyelets would be. I have never done eyelets without those metal thingies. Now, I know not to stance holes in the fabric but rather pull apart the threads to make a hole in the weave. But then what? Wouldn’t it be hard to make the hole evenly round?
A couple of days ago I found the Diary of a Mantua Maker! Here Nicole Rudolph, author of the blog, mentions that the best tool to have around when making eyelets is an awl! Why didn’t I think of that – that’s brilliant! She says:
An awl just pushes the threads out of the way and prevents it from fraying later. By doing this you can use as many stitches as you like. I’ve seen extants with only four stitches holding an eyelet open. I prefer enough to cover the inner edge.
As my other half Robbie is a very handy man I know there ought to be an awl lying around somewhere! ;D