I've finally got my bars done
Not sure I'll be in a big rush to do it again!
Yeah... that's nice, lovely
Thicker thread having larger diameter won't cut leather so much so you can pull and tighten it stronger. I used 1.2mm nylon and I think it was good and I think it looks better if it's thicker. I had cut mine leather not perfectly parallel as well, but it was a very small difference. One side was much harder to cover as the leather was not wide enough, but I managed to finish it. Maybe another bath in hot water would help with leather stretching?
For starting I think it's it's the best to make a few stitches and after fit the cover in the proper place and tighten the threads one by one with the needle, make one or two stitches more and again tighten them one by one from beginning and again...
What leather did you use exactly? I'm going to cover my Geoffrey Butler handlebar with white leather as well.
What plugs did you fit in the bar's ends to close the holes?
Astonishingly good work both of you! It is odd you know, I can tie a size 18 fishing fly so that if you saw it on your arm you would brush it off. I just seem to have a blind spot when it comes to handlebar wrapping. Are you now going to treat it with something to keep the dirt and elements off?
I'm preparing waterproofing cream (DIY as well) made of beeswax, turpentine and linseed oil so it will be treated. This bike probably won't see a lot of rain anyway. I'm going to do the same for my commuter (GB) so it will be tested in harder conditions. This method is not very hard but needs a lot of patience and overcoming frustration, especially in the beginning. It can make you nervous, when everything slips down..
Another tip I've found is to put some shellac on handlebar before covering to reduce leather movement on bars.