Leather Glove Making Course

Description – Leather Glove Making Course

Due to the Covid-19 situation our Glove Making Course with Riina O’ won’t be running in 2022. 

Join us for this exciting opportunity to attend a leather glove making course with guest tutor and professional glove maker, Riina Õun.

We will be hosting the 3 day course at our workshop, while Riina shares her enthusiasm, passion and in-depth knowledge of leather glove making.

Riina describes her glove making work as ‘a beautiful, meticulous craft‘ and has been introducing the skill to students around the world. She has also been working with some of the world’s top academic institutions, including:

Royal Academy of Arts in London

Fashion Institute of Technology in New York

London College of Fashion

Accademia Koefia in Rome

She has also worked with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, and has travelled as far as China to teach her glove making skills.

A note from Riina…
Hand crafting soft leather gloves is a centuries old skill, going back to the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, during the last half century the tradition has started to vanish due to the labor-intensiveness and mechanisation of the process. Only a few skilled professionals around the world are currently practicing the art of making gloves by hand.

The course…

During the 3-day glove making workshop the students will learn about the rich history of gloves. They will try out different decorative and edge stitches whilst acquiring the skills of working with specific glove leather. The students will learn to adjust the standard glove patterns to fit their own hand and will hand-stitch their first glove by the end of the third day. Students will leave the course with the skills to complete the second glove at home.  In order to attend the course, students should have some experience of hand-sewing leather.

Course overview…

  • History of gloves
  • Choosing and sourcing glove leather
  • Preparation of glove leather
  • Introduction to glove making tools
  • Glove anatomy
  • Glove making stitches
  • Decorative stitches
  • Hand measurement and glove sizing
  • Adjusting patterns
  • Glove cutting
  • Making one trial glove

Students will be required to bring their own glove making leather and stitching thread to the course and will be given details as to where these can be easily purchased.

Will I have learnt enough to make more gloves after the course?

By the end of the course you will have made one trial glove and will have gained sufficient skills to make the second glove at home. There will be an opportunity to purchase some starter tools and possibly some glove making leather to get you started!

(Booking and course date information)

How much does it cost?

The full course fee is £395.00 per person

There are now just 2 places available. Please contact us if you’d like to secure a place or if you’d like more information.

Is everything included in the course fee?

Glove leather, thread and a sharp scissors are all you need to bring along with you and we will advise you where to purchase these when you book your place on the course. Everything else is included in the course fee; three full days of professional glove making tuition plus a lecture and plenty of help and advice in sourcing leather and materials so you can continue leather glove making at home.  A spacious work area is allocated to each student along with  tools to use while they’re here.

A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too, but as there are no shops nearby, you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Please note that this course is run by a professional glove maker and guest tutor.  Group size is a maximum of 12 students. Please contact us for suitability and more information.

Where is the course held?

The Leather Glove Making Course is held in a beautiful 19th Century Welsh chapel at the foot of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, West Wales…. Perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy the course.

Where Can I Stay?  Recommended guest houses and B&B’s

How do I book a place on this course?

Simply click this Book Now button to book and pay for your course.

Course dates are:

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