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Tambour beading: a haute couture technique

Students working on floor trestles. Students learnt on net first using embroidery seat frames

Duration: 6 hours

Price: £100

Book with: Audrey Wring
at Tambour and Clutch

20 Old School House
Britannia Road
South Gloucestershire
BS15 8DB

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About the Course

Tambour beading is a fast, precise, haute couture technique for adding beads and sequins to fabric with a tambour hook instead of a needle and thread. This technique was used to bead flapper dresses in the 1920s and is now the preferred method of beading used by the couture design house Chanel to bead their gowns.

You will first learn the basic thread chain stitch using our new size 140 extra large hook (the biggest sharp hook available) on net to make learning this art easier and you will also learn how to move the tambour hook in all 4 directions. Then you will proceed onto applying beads/sequins to transparent organza fabric. Each student will work at their own pace. Right and left handed students are catered for, (topics covered are subject to time restraints).

The aim of the workshop is to teach the basic chain stitch and how to apply some beads/sequins to fabrics. This technique does need practise in your own time to gain speed and accuracy, once you are familiar with the hook and technique this will enable you to tambour bead and embroider a selection of fabrics.

I have over 17 years of tambour beading and bridalwear experience and have been teaching for 9 years. I currently teach this beading technique, so the craft/skill does not disappear from our heritage.

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What's included in the price?

Embroidery, seat frames, available for students to use and may be purchased if required.

Tambour kit included in the price, includes 2 x tambour hooks medium and extra large, tambour holder, bead/sequins worm instructions/diagrams, organza fabric and thread.

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I had such a great time at todays course. Although i had done a small amount of tambour (learning from a book!), Audrey was able to guide me, and correct my technique. I really got a lot out of the beginners course.

Audrey is very patient, and warm and friendly too! It was a small friendly group, we were able to learn at our own pace, and due to the small group, we received plenty of one 2 one tuition.

I can’t wait to practice and move on to the next course offered.

- - #20604

Response from Tambour and Clutch:

Nicola you were an amazing student and a pleasure to teach. As a left handed student you learnt how to correct your technique, learned from a book for right handed students, enabling you to tambour bead with accuracy and speed.

Look forward to seeing you later in the year for the advanced workshop.


An excellent day. Audrey patiently took us through the history and basics of tambour beading. It was a small class so easy to learn and plenty of opportunity to ask for assurance when working. I can away very inspired and can't wait to try my hand at home with the techniques I learned. I will definitely do the advanced course later in the year, in the meanwhile will carry on practicing. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in this skill. Thank you Audrey

- - #15411

Really enjoyable and Audrey was a lovely, well prepared tutor, inspirational and talented. Lovely day and an appreciation of basic techniques to build on. Thank you.

- - #15365

I had a really enjoyable day. The course was well set out with clear and concise instructions. As it was a small group we received one-to-one tuition to move us forward as we were individually ready. Fabulous day and am now considering the advanced course. Thank you

- - #9277

Enjoyable class, taught at a good pace and Audreys genuine interest in Tambour reflected in her teaching.

I cant wait to do the advanced class.

The location is accessible, good selection of teas, herbal teas and coffee.
Thanks, see you at the next available class.

- - #7909

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- - #6862

Myself and a colleague were lucky to find this class. We are based in Birmingham and the class is worth the journey to Bristol and we have attended two so far. It is easy to find if you aren't familiar with the area. The setting is lovely and the workshop has beautiful natural light. Audrey is very welcoming and there is tea, coffee and biscuits available. The small group had varying levels of skill but we were all kept busy as our own individual pace. We were given aims for the lesson and the kit provided is ample for the class. We are both college lecturers in textiles and we hope to develop this new skill to deliver it to our students next year. We would both recommend this class to anyone interested in Tambour and we are looking forward to the next class later in the year. It is definitely value for money.

- - #2316

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