Basic Tambour

Basic Tambour

Saturday 8th June 1pm-4pm

Learn a basic stitch of tambour embroidery traditionally associated with French couture. There is only one stitch to master in tambour embroidery. Instead of a needle, a very fine, sharp hook is punched through a tightly stretched fabric to catch a fine thread from beneath and draw it up, creating a linked, chain-like stitch.  You will learn how to exactly work the hook through the fabric without catching following a pattern and how to start and stop. Once you finish stitching your design you will then be shown how to finish the back of a hoop neatly making it ready for display.

We will discuss: brief history of tambour stitching, what are the best materials to use, different ways of transferring a pattern onto the fabric, different ways of finishing the back of a hoop making it ready for display or as a gift

Level/Ability: No previous experience necessary – just enthusiasm and patience!

Notes, any additional info, what do people need to bring? Small scissors. (Please note, this ticket includes the additional cost of a tambour hook, which is yours to keep after the class for future projects. In addition, all other materials and tools are provided.)

Tutor biography: Zuzana Lalikova

Zuzana is a London based designer/maker working with fiber and textiles.
Her work is heavily influenced by tradition and traditional crafts.
Coming from a rich cultural background she found and early interest in embroidery that she then developed further through a degree study at London College of Fashion. Interested in value of human labour in our mechanized world, craft remains at the core of her practice.
Embroidery is a main focus of her work; re-purposing traditional craft techniques into contemporary designs, with geometry being an endless source of inspiration. She creates embroidery artworks of varying scales as well as accessories from her studio in SW London, blurring lines between art and craft. Each piece takes days, weeks or even months to complete.

 Workshop ticket £54 which includes a tambour hook, which is yours to keep after the class. It also includes same day entry to thread and free tea or coffee during the workshop. To buy your ticket click here

The 1st floor East Wing has an external stair lift for disabled use which standard wheelchairs can be placed and Dance Studio 2 has an internal ramp for wheelchair access. Dance Studio 1 has stairs up to it. Please let us know if this causes any difficulties for you.