A fascinating and unique introduction to the art of hand-made glove making.

Leather glove-making in progress

Leather glove-making in progress

Learn how to select, cut and stitch fine gloving leather, and make a pattern to fit your own hand in this unique and fascinating course.  This is the only weekend course in the UK where you can learn how to make fitted gloves by hand in fine leather.

Encouraged by Cornelia James, glove-maker by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, Katherine Pogson has studied the vanishing art of table-cutting at one of the last remaining leather glove factories in Britain. There are fewer than 20 trained table-cutters left in the UK and Katherine has been learning from craftsmen with over forty years experience.

You will:

  • Learn the different components and vocabulary of a traditional glove pattern
  • Practice stretching, marking up and cutting out glove leather (traditional ‘table-cutting’)
  • Master three traditional hand-stitching techniques
  • Experiment with machine techniques for finishing cuffs, button holes and elastic
  • Make your own pair of hand-stitched leather gloves

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

Beginners are welcome. Continuing students will have the opportunity to develop new designs, and try out more advanced techniques and including wrist-openings, swung seams and bound button-holes, as well as how to add decorative elements to your design.

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Materials to the value of £50.00 are included in the price of this course, together with full information on suppliers, books, tools and equipment. 

rare glove literature

rare glove literature

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COURSE VENUE

The Archivist, Unit V Reliance Wharf, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET

COURSE SPECIFICATIONS

Places – 8
Dates – Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2018
Time – 10am - 5pm
Cost – £350.00

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Materials to the value of £50.00 including Grade A gloving leather, needles, thread and pattern blocks
  • Use of specialist tools 
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions, resource booklet and suppliers information pack
  • Snacks and refreshments

Additional materials and tools may be available to purchase on request

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