What is tambour embroidery?

What is tambour work?

T. 42.1909. Tambour embroidery or tambour work is a technique whereby a chain stitch is worked with a fine hook (a tambour hook) on a fine, slightly open-weave cloth that is stretched over a frame. This type of work may have originated in India, where it is known as ari work or ari embroidery.

How does tambour embroidery work?

Tambour embroidery is worked on embroidery fabric stretched tightly in a frame. This is then attached to a lap or floor stand to allow the embroiderer to use both hands. The fabric should have a large enough weave for the hooked needle to pass through without catching as it comes back to the front.

What fabric is good for tambour embroidery?

Tambour beginners should first practice on a piece of fabric and try out different stitches and textile decoration techniques. Organza is best suited for this, but you can also use tulle. In principle, this type of embroidery can also be transferred to other textiles if you have a good handling of the needle.

What do I need for tambour beading?


  1. tambour hook.
  2. silk organza.
  3. frame (I used parts of a silk painting frame.)
  4. stapler and staples.
  5. cotton twill tape (3 or 4 cm wide)
  6. embroidery thread.
  7. buttonhole twist.
  8. polyester sewing thread (the regular kind)
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What are embroidery tools?

If you want to take up this ancient handcraft, you’ll need a few simple tools to get you going.

  • Dress Maker’s Scissors.
  • Table Stand.
  • Ruler.
  • Small Pointed Scissors.
  • Embroidery Hoop.
  • Thimble.
  • Chenille Needles.
  • Needle Threader.

What thread do you use for tambour embroidery?

Thread–any non-divisible thread will do (i.e. no embroidery floss). I am using DMC Cordonnet Special in size 70. Embroidery threads like this are nice because they have a lovely finish, and they work up into crisp, substantial stitches.

How long does tambour beading take?

My Experience with Tambour

My first attempt saw me take 30 minutes to complete a line 5cm long! However I persevered and with the advice and help of a wonderful tutor I relaxed into the technique and it soon began to flow.

What is a beading hook?

Hook Tool for Beading

This handy little tool will make beading a breeze! Simply insert whichever end fits best through the bead, snag the thread or cord, and pull through the bead. For thicker cord, pull it tight to reduce the surface area pulling through the bead.

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