Photograph © WW Forsythe, 2009
Point holes are essential to master.
They are used on a huge variety of garments including arming
doublets, padded jacks, regular doublets, hose and pourpoints. They
act as the holes for lacing linen, silk and leather points and are
used to fasten garments and hold armour and hose in place.
They are usually sewn in pairs
enabling the point to be threaded and tied into arming knots.
You will need to use linen or waxed linen
thread and have a 'awl' or rounded pointed implement to
hand to make holes.
For re-enactment kit, either the square or
pentagonal methods of sewing point holes are common. The
simplest is the square method and the instructions detail the
Stitch a square as a guide to where the
point hole is to be sewn. Sew round twice (reversing direction
when you have completed the first square). This ensures that
there are solid stitches on both sides of your fabric.
Using an awl (or round pointed implement)
gently tease a hole through the fabric at the centre of the
Using a double strand of thread, sew
through the hole and back through the fabric over the square
guide. Repeat this process until you have completed your point
[For simplicity, the illustration to the
right uses a single thread. The completed point holes are
illustrated in square boxes and show how they should look when
using a double strand.]
Making point holes
Illustration © WW Forsythe, 2009
Additional note: It is worth practicing sewing
point holes onto fabric remnants as this will increase speed and
consistency of manufacture. Although many people consider point
holes to be a boring and repetitive task, once you are
familiar with the technique they are quick and easy to sew.