Good morning, all. If you’ve not read the comments on yesterday’s post, might I suggest you do so? From Parisian ducks and the red-legged partridges of Portpatrick, to the sometimes-silent parrots of Buenos Aires, Australian pelicans, the egrets of North California, and the hummingbirds of Tennesee, Arizona or Texas, it was wonderful to read your litany of birdlife from all around the world. On this morning’s walk (which was very still and cold) I was excited to hear a couple of loudly drumming woodpeckers – one east, one west – competitively staking out their territory.

My post today covers a completely different subject: belt clasps and buckles, about which we’ve had quite a few enquiries since discussing the inkle woven belts I’ve been wearing with my Land o’Cakes and Coofle sweaters. I thought I’d show you a few examples of the buckles I have in my stash, the majority of which are very easy to find on marketplace sites like eBay or Etsy. Some of you seem to be having difficulty in finding such findings (ahem), but figuring out their nomenclature, having a sense of the required measurement in mm, and knowing the correct search terms to use, can make a big difference to pinpointing exactly what you are looking for.

I’ve found that this type of useful belt fastening, for example, goes by the name of “quick-release clasp” or “quick-release buckle”. You can find the plastic kind in different colours, or there’s also various types of metalic finish.

I think the heavy brass clasps (which can be found surprisingly inexpensively) are particularly pleasing.

Another option to fasten a belt is with a ‘D ring’ (bottom) and ‘webbing sliders’ (top) also come in useful for fastening and adjusting straps and belts.

The wooden clasp above is a vintage item that’s been hanging about my button box for a few years, waiting for a project. As a child of the ’70s I’d think of it as an ‘S belt’ or ‘snake belt’, but I’ve noticed that various marketplace sites describe such fastenings as a ‘cinch clasp’ (I used this term to find the nifty metal fastening below)

So there are certainly a lot of different options for finishing and fastening your hand-woven belts – all fairly easy to source online.

. . . it’s nice to finish a belt nicely, and I’ve found it interesting to explore the different ways in which I might do so.

I’m going to weave another belt this afternoon. What have you got planned?

See you tomorrow

Kate x