Tambour Beading Part Time Haute Couture Intensive Workshop L1 +L2

10.00 - 16.30

86 Margaret St, London W1W 8TE


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Hand & Lock will be offering a 6 week class in February and March. The famous London based, embroidery atelier to top European designers will be presenting their most popular embroidery class; Tambour Beading.

The intensive course focuses on the haute couture embroidery technique known as Tambour Beading or Crochet de Lunéville. The origins of this particular embroidery skill are unclear; it appeared in Europe in the 18th century and quickly became a popular pastime for ladies. The technique was fairly exotic compared to other technique of that time a that no doubt contributed to its popularity.

The technique is still used now in high fashion where beads or sequins can be attached to a fabric. unlike the other techniques the embroidery is accomplished with a special hook working through a fabric stretched tight as a drum. The technique is popular on International Catwalks and can be seen in shows by Elie Saab and Oscar De La Renta.

Students enrolled on this special class will learn how to create a design, set up a full size frame and how to work the hook through the fabric without catching. Once they are practiced enough they will learning how to place beads, sequin, bugles using the technique.

Students will learn the following:

– To construct a full size embroidery frame with silk fabric and practice the tambour stitch in all directions with beads, bugles and sequins on transparent fabric.

– Learn the method for transferring a supplied design onto Silk and apply techniques learned on day one to a design.

– Appliquéing fabrics to a design using the tambour stitch and incorporating with other materials such as ribbon.

– Start work on a new design on a more challenging non transparent fabric.

Students will also benefit from an experimental day, your chance to work on anything you haven’t learnt or really want to try. Can bring own project