Monday, 27 May 2019

15 June 2019 Jacqui Armitage's stitch club - Tambour stitch

Tambour hooks are being provided. Bring a sit on frame if you have one - if not we will manage by wedging the hoop.

We’ll be starting on net to learn the stitch so that everyone can see exactly what to do.  If people then want to practice it a bit more on material they can, and then we’ll move to organza for the bead work. 

You can then make a brooch, a decoration for the hair, or a ‘badge’ to sew on some clothing.

Fabric and threads - detail from Jacqui
Natural fibres are best to work on because they give and then go back into shape.  If you have any net to do the initial practicing of the stitch on, that would be good, although I will be bringing fabrics and net with me.  I’ve even used tight woven cotton/silk mixes that were curtain samples!  In theory you should be able to tambour on practically anything.  You must have the fabric in a hoop though, you just can’t work it without it being under tension.  Threads you can use anything, sewing cotton, metallic etc, but I reckon the easiest thing to start with is DMC coton a broker no 12.  I’ve also used beading thread when putting beads on.