The challenge for making a back cinch that will not tend to separate over time and hard use is to figure out how to lay down some stitching in the center of the cinch. Here I have done that while weaving it into the floral decoration. I borrowed this idea from the wriggle lines that serve as construction lines to follow with the bright cut engraving in silver. This is an example of successfully holding onto both function and art. The functional stitching serves the art and vice versa. While it is not always feasable, this is the goal of everything I do on a saddle.
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