Glove Making by Isabel M Edwards, 1929
As a childless woman, I find it interesting that I've made a few dozen handmade leather baby booties.
A long time ago, I dated a man who had a side craft business. Among other things, he made leather baby booties. Very quickly, I started stitching them, and than starting cutting the patterns, and than made the entire baby booties, from start to finish. After a short time, I could begin with a leather pelt and finish with a basic set of baby booties in about an hour. A sturdy thimble, a curved and straight leather needles were my friends, always standing by and ready to tackle a new project.
The baby booties got easier to make after repeated stitching and cutting. If the leather was extra thin, I could even cut two pieces of leather at once by reversing the pieces and cutting once. They were very cute, with fringe, pom poms and even little embellishments and painted embellishments.
I tried to make a pleather pair, but unfortunately the results were poor. I discovered that if I sanded the sealent on the pleather (fake leather) I could do a poor stamping with leather tools, with a weak impression. Dying the pleather was pretty much out of the question, due to the sealent.
The problem I have with making a few baby booties is that very quickly I think I can tackle harder projects. I assisted with making a pair of men's boots from scratch, and therefore I thought: "Self, you can make baby booties and you've made one pair of boots. What else can you make?" So when I saw this book I thought, why not gloves?
In short order, I realized that gloves are not for the timid. They have precise patterns, various types of leather, materials and threads. You need to adjust the patterns for your hand size, and than alter the leather and threads not to show lumpy seams and not have your waxed leather thread knot against your finger in the wrong place - difficult stuff!
I found this book in London a number of years ago for 8.5 Pounds, and snapped it up, dreaming of home made gloves in my closet, many pairs to match my outfits. Various editions of this book now sell for $14.00-50.00. You can get a copy on ebay in CD format, scanned and sold for a few dollars too.
Will I make a pair of leather gloves? Yes, I hope to, and hope that you will join me to stop dreaming and start stitching again, even if I have to start with baby booties to refresh my skills.