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The first step - note that I start from the bottom spoke and work my way up both sides. I try to keep the leather evenly located about the wheel, to avoid bunching and other bad fitment (which will occur unless you check your work frequently).
A back view of the same stage as above - again, note that I try to keep two sets of thread going at the same time, so I can make sure things are (relatively) even-stitched and the leather is not being contorted too much. When I'm working on one side, I wrap the other threads around the little styrofoam thing that comes with the AGLA kit, and stuff it into the center hub to keep it out of the way.

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Nearing the end. Note that the areas at the ends of the spokes are still untrimmed - that is one of the very last steps. I usually start sewing the top part from the left spoke, since the left side usually seems to wear out first -this way, any 'stretching' or other accomodations are done on the right side, so the left will support more wear and tear.
A front view of the same stage. The left spoke is done, but still needs to be trimmed. I don't tie off the ends of the threads on that spoke until the end, 'just in case'. stg25thm.jpg (3065 bytes)
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Another back view of the stage above. Note that while the left-hand spoke is basically finished (except for trimming), I leave the right-hand spoke undone on both sides until the end, when I've finished doing the top side. Note that this means you must be ultra-careful as you get near that spoke, rechecking to make sure you want have to make up a bunch of slack when you get there, or that things aren't otherwise out of whack at the very end.

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Sample 3-spoke
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Here's the final product!

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