6. STITCH THE TOE STRAPS
The toe straps also use a Norwich stitch, but only over 8
canvas threads. Follow the chart to the right. This time,
colors are ordered by green, brown, and blue. Change
colors as indicated in the chart. Once you’ve stitched all
squares for each strap, place a French knot, with the orange
braid between each square, in the empty hole. Do not place
one on the ends of the straps. Doing so would aggravate
your second toe and your cobbler.
7. MAKE A FRENCH KNOT
To create a French knot, bring your needle up through the
empty hole between 2 Norwich squares. Hold the thread
with your thumb and wrap your orange braid around the
needle 3 times. Then, holding the thread that’s wrapped
around the needle so it doesn’t slide off, gently insert your
needle back down through the same hole, taking care to
keep holding the braid wrapped around the needle until the
cord is pulled taut through the canvas hole. This will create
a knot on top of the canvas (see illustration at right).
As with the arch straps, if you find the length of your toe
strap does not correspond to an even number of Norwich
squares, use an equal number of rows of compensating
tent stitches (see diagram for tent stitch below) on either
end of the strap to achieve the desired length for the strap.
4 7 15 23 22 14 6 2
1 10 18 26 27 19 11 3
8. ADD A BORDER ROW OF TENT STITCHES
Once you have the 4 bands stitched, stitch one more row
of tent stitches along the top and bottom lengths of each
strap with the bamboo thread to conceal the bare canvas.
Refer to the tent stitch illustration at right for how to do
this easy stitch.