Videos: Making Leather Gloves

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When I think of leatherworking today, I mostly think about bags, shoes and wallets. I had never considered making gloves but after watching several videos on the subject, it got me intrigued. I rounded up a few of my favorites and posted them below.

Gantier – Glove Maker

While browsing for other leatherworking videos, this is the one that first caught my attention. I was mesmerized by how efficiently this glove maker broke down the hide and cut the pieces. Gloves stretch to fit the hand and I never thought about how the direction and amount of stretch in a supple hide would determine where to cut out your piece.

Dents Gloves

I did some more digging and found this very nice walkthrough of a glove shop that has been in operation since 1777. In this video, watch how easily a 44 year sewing veteran tears through sewing a pair of gloves. It was an interesting bit about the history of gloves and how they were once an essential accessory for every gentleman and lady walking about town.

Lederhandschuhe

This Hungarian video shows more details in how a glove passes from one person to another during the manufacturing process. In this shop, much like Dents, workers are specialized into a very specific part of the process. There are sewers, finishers and even clickers who only punch out the holes for driving gloves.

9 replies on “Videos: Making Leather Gloves

  • Paul Fellowes

    I’ve always been intrigued by this process and have watched the videos. Only wish there was a template for gloves that I could use somewhere. Always dreamed of making myself a pair of gloves

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  • Faiz Ismail

    I am wondered how the leather gloves takes so much effort to be woven. The article showed some of the best statistics on leather gloves.

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  • Moriyah

    I am 63 but THE project in leather I remember most was making sheepskin gloves at age 16. Possibly motivated by the cold hands I remember from my younger days no one could have stopped me from what might well have been a daunting project. But, using a Tandy Leather pattern adjusted for my size (L) I proceeded with the most difficult project of my sewing history up until then, and, in some degrees, since then.
    Not so hard when you have the right materials, instructions and intent; which is to keep the hands warm and flexible.
    This video superlatively captures and presents what I consider to be the highest art of both leatherwork and needlework. Making gloves WILL challenge any seamstress or tailor. I salute the videographers, the workers and their companies for presenting what is an absolutely essential garment in both the finest of fashion and most essential of needs in winter at least, and, for something we take too much for granted.
    My thanks to Fine Leatherworking for finding and presenting this video.
    My adjurations to all viewing here: you can do it. If I did then you can. Just do it.
    Let no child, or adult, have cold hands this year, or any.

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