Tambour Embroidery: Part 1


Tambour embroidery is a fairly obscure craft that I picked up last year. It’s a hybrid of crochet and embroidery that makes chain stitches worked with a combination hook/needle. It’s perfectly suited for beading, because of the way that it creates a looped chain that slots around the beads. Most couture embroidery and beading – the kind you see on those gorgeously elaborate red carpet gowns – are done using tambour. When it’s worked on tulle or gauze, it makes stunning lace. And (my favorite use) it’s a fantastic way to work detailed line-embroidery in plain thread really really fast. I’m impatient, so I appreciate that.


Tambour embroidery is well worth learning, whether you’ve embroidered before or not. I use it more than needle embroidery these days, unless I want to work a variety of different stitches. Today I’m just going to talk about how to get set up, and give you some resources in case you want to get started right away. In future posts, I’ll share more about how to actually work the embroidery. Continue reading Tambour Embroidery: Part 1