Please look at the tambour beading workshops and shop pages for the latest tambour beading, vintage style / modern clutch bags, dressmaking workshops and tambour beading supplies. To book workshops please contact Tambour and Clutch through our contact page, where we aim to offer a personal service. Emails answered within 48 hrs, most within 24hrs (Monday to Friday).
About Tambour Embroidery And Beading
Tambour embroidery is a 17/18th century embroidery and lace technique in fine embellishment from the Far East and Europe, known as broderie de Luneville in France. In France the chain stitch was used on silk/cotton tulle to make exquisite lace. The technique was brought to England in the 1800s, and the chain stitch was adapted at the turn of the century to apply beads to fabric. This method was used extensively for applying beads, by hand, to fabrics in the 1920s creating the beaded flapper dress.
A design is beaded onto separate fabric and then made into a motif. The motif is added to the garment during construction or to a completed retail outfit to add sparkle. This makes the beaded motif very versatile and the motif can then be interchanged between garments. The tambour beaded motif can then be easily removed and the clothing can be laundered in the usual manner.
The beads are applied with a special hook called a tambour hook. The word tambour means material stretched tightly over a frame to form a drum. This method of applying beads is now only used extensively in haute couture in Paris because of the speed and fine finish achieved when applying beads to expensive fabrics. These exquisite fabrics are then made up into gowns which are known to sell for more than £100,000.
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