vintage gloves inspire new creations

vintage gloves inspire new creations

A rare opportunity to experience making fitted gloves by hand in fine leather - this intensive course is a practical introduction to this vanishing and fascinating art.

Leather expert Katherine Pogson has studied the vanishing art of table-cutting with one of only three remaining traditional leather glove factories in the UK, encouraged by Cornelia James, glove-makers by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

Delving into fashion archives and Museum collections for inspiration, you will gain an overview of the changing design of gloves over the centuries, and Katherine will share with you her experiences and insights from factory visits, as well as her growing collection of vintage books and gloves.

You will learn how to:

  • Take accurate measurements from your own hand
  • Adapt a pattern to make a bespoke block
  • Make a toile to test fit and proportion
  • Master a range of specific seam types
  • Hand stitch your own pair of fitted gloves
  • Practice covered button holes, elastic shaping and piped edges 

A designer-maker working with leather for nearly twenty years, Katherine began her gloves odyssey five years ago, when she lost one of her favourite emerald green Italian leather gloves, and found ‘Practical Glove Making’ 1929, in a thrift store…

Glove-making in fin eLeather
Wednesdays 19 September - 6 November, 6 – 9pm, £475.00 including materials


Materials and equipment to the value of £50.00 are included in the price of this course. Each participant will receive a full materials and resources pack, including:

  • A choice of fine gloving skins and threads
  • A specialist sewing kit with assorted needles, thimble and stall
  • Pattern blocks, information sheets, supplier’s list and bibliography.

Extra materials and equipment will be available to buy on request. 


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Artworkers' Guild
6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 3AT


Places – 8
Dates – Wednesdays 19 September - 7 November 2018
Time – 6 - 9pm
Cost – £475.00


  • Materials and tools to the value of £50
  • Pattern blocks to size
  • Detailed information pack
  • Use of specialist tools
  • Snacks and refreshments

Additional materials & tools will be available to buy on request.