Venue, Timing, Cost
About the course on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October 2022:
Have you ever wanted a pair of soft leather gloves that fitted your hands in your favourite colour? There is nothing quite like experiencing the feel of a pair of bespoke gloves on your hands, knowing that you made them? Do you want to learn the techniques to make them for someone else and see their reaction as they put the gloves on?
Fancy learning all this in a beautiful rural location with lovely home cooked food prepared by my in house chef, and you get to meet fellow enthusiasts?
This is a three day course to show you the techniques of drafting a glove pattern to fit your hands and constructing an unlined pair of gloves. We will look at the following areas:
Gloving leathers - types, styles and suppliers.
Glove anatomy and pattern pieces.
Linings - will be discussed, though the gloves on this course are unlined.
How to measure your hands.
Drafting and adapting your pattern.
Transferring the design to leather and cutting out your pattern pieces.
Hand sewing techniques. The gloves will be hand stitched and you will be able to sample the stitches beforehand to see which one you prefer.
Construction techniques - how to put everything together without the fingers stretching or twisting.
Adding decoration - how and when to add decoration (we won’t have time on the course).
You will also receive a set of course notes.
We will cover all areas of construction so you know how to assemble and finish the gloves at home. Depending on your stitching speed you may find you don’t complete everything in class.
The course is aimed at beginners. We will be drafting a pattern to fit your hands. You will leave with the knowledge of how to sew and finish your gloves, equipped to make more in future. Please note we may not have enough time to finish both gloves in the three days - you will have stitched nearly everything for one hand that you will repeat for the second hand.
Elizabeth will supply the leather and equipment for the day. These are all included in the price of the course. This includes the leather for a mock up glove and the posh leather for your gloves, needles and threads. We will be using lamb nappa for your gloves. Elizabeth will contact you after your purchase to ensure she knows what you hope to gain from the day.
The timetable for the day looks a bit like this
9.15am Arrival, introductions and refreshments
9.30am Class starts - First sewing session
11am Coffee break tea and homemade freshly roasted coffee homemade truffles with chocolates (we have to keep your energy levels up).
11.15am Second sewing session
1pm Lunch - buffet choice of smoked salmon & hams/charcuterie and salads (no iceberg in sight)
1.30pm Third sewing session
3.30pm Afternoon tea with brownies and cookies
3.45pm Fourth and final sewing session of the day and finishing
5pm Finish and farewell
All refreshments are included in the course fee.
You will need to have a few breaks during the day and to stand up and move about. The timing and length of the breaks can be tweaked so we can carry on stitching.
Please note the suggested menu may change slightly depending on availability, allergies and dietary preferences. Please let Elizabeth know when she contacts you after purchase.
Do you need to bring anything?
Just bring yourself, everything is supplied.
If you have a basic sewing kit - thimbles and scissors then it would be useful to bring that as well. I would advise keeping your sewing scissors for snipping thread. The thimble needs to sit securely on the finger you use to push the needle through the leather, to protect your finger.
Please make sure you have read the terms and conditions prior to booking your course.
How do I book a place?
Booking is via my website thesmartstitcher.co.uk
Simply place the number of places you wish to purchase into your basket and checkout securely and safely.
For example, if you would like just one place, click one, place it in your basket and pay. You will then receive an email with a link to download your booking confirmation, as detailed below.
Classes will be following COVID guidance and track and trace. In the event that we have a full lockdown a full refund of the course fee will be provided.
The course takes place in the village of Kingsey, (postcode HP17 8LY) in Buckinghamshire, UK. After booking you will receive an email containing a link to download your booking confirmation and course details
Elizabeth will be in touch shortly after your booking is confirmed to find out if there is anything in particular you would like to cover and confirm that you have all the course details.
If you have any questions about the course please contact Elizabeth email@example.com or 07525 002701