I was introduced to Tambour Embroidery (and Tambour Beading) by a friend of mine, who used this technique for the detail of her daughter’s wedding dress. I was struck by the beauty of the work, but thought I would find it too delicate a skill for my hands. In the end I just couldn’t resist and I ordered a hook. I already had some netting and an embroidery hoop so, when it arrived, I got stuck in!
I chose a Clover latch hook, to get me started. I’m a fan of Clover products, especially their aluminium Amour crochet hooks, so I was confident about this purchase. It’s a reasonably sturdy, yet light weight, tool with a comfortable wooden handle. Hooks are easily removed, and replaced, using the screw on the side. This item is supplied with one hook, a plastic storage tube and instructions.
Ideally, you would use a fixed hoop, or stand, for Tambour work. I don’t have one, so I opted for my 4 inch embroidery hoop which is easy to hold, quite firmly in one hand. Netting seemed a good choice, for a first go, as the holes are large and neat, creating a useful guide for stitches. I followed this basic stitch tutorial, by Mary Corbet, which I found most helpful.