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Two day - Introduction to tambour beading workshop 
Be immersed in the World of Couture embroidery by discovering the beautiful and timeless art of tambour beading.

Saturday the 5th - Sunday the 6th of November

Location: Craft Central, The Forge, 397-411 Westferry Rd, Island Gardens, London E14 3AE

10:00am - 4:00pm with lunch break between 1:00 and 2:00pm (not provided) 


During this 2 day class, you will be introduced to the intricate art that is tambour beading. This workshop is suitable for beginners.


You will learn how to set up a see-through silk organza fabric on a rotating sample frame. Then, you will practise the chain stitch with the hook in every direction, before moving on to the bow design. You will use fine Couture materials such as glass beads, bugles & sequins and learn how to attach them to your delicate fabric.

You will be shown Couture samples to get inspired and see how this beautiful and rewarding technique can be used. Tambour beading is a challenging technique to learn but the results are highly rewarding!


You may not finish your bow during the class but you will be shown all the techniques to be able to finish your project later, at your own pace.

The fabric, beads, sequins and thread are included in the kit, they can be brought back with you. The frame, tambour and scissors are not included in the kit but they will be provided during the workshop.


The tickets are non refundable but if you are not able to make it, you may pass the ticket on to someone else. Please contact us to change the booking name.


About tambour beading:

Tambour beading is an intricate embroidery technique which consists of using a small hook to create chain stitches and neatly applying beads and sequins to a fabric.

Embroidery hooks originated in India and China before being used in France, in the 19th century. Today, delicate work of tambour beading can be seen on most luxury catwalks such as Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton.

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