SteveM wrote:GuitarVlog - I'm not using any sort of strap to hold the lute. Depending on the height of my chair I use a footstool but tend to put both feet on it so that my thighs slope back towards my body. Lutes are slippery customers! some people use straps & in renaissance times I believe they sometimes used a piece of gut attached to the back of the lute with the other end looped over a jacket or waistcoat button. They also used to rest the lute on the edge of a table.
That seems to make for a very stable lute. I agree that they are slippery instruments.
Resting the lute on the edge of a table served another purpose as well; the wood-to-wood contact turned the table into an amplifier. A neat trick.