Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tambour Embroidery Resources

Tambour Embroidery Resources


(Tambour embroidery by Bob Haven.)


Thanks to my most recent Featured Friday artist, Shirlee Fassell, I've developed an interest in tambour embroidery -- using a tambour hook to attach sequins and beads to fabric, in place of a needle.

The more I learn about it, the more I'm determined to give it a try! If you feel the same way, you're in luck -- I put together a list of resources, once again with help from some amazing people.


Supplies:

Lacis sells tambour hooks and frames.

Brodely is another source for hooks and for sequins. Shirlee prefers their hooks to Lacis.

I updated Bead Embroidery Resources with some other resources Shirlee shared with me. There are new sequin suppliers!

(Note that when you're looking for sequins for tambour, you'll want them pre-strung in worms. These are different from the decorative trimming you can find in fabric stores. They are also different from actual worms!)


Instruction:

(Class project by Shirlee Fassell.)


Shirlee Fassell lives in Massachusetts, and she offers classes. Email her for details!

Ecole Lesage in Paris, France, is where Shirlee and Bob Haven learned tambour embroidery.

Hand and Lock in London offer classes.

Bob Haven, associate professor of costume technology at the University of Kentucky, teaches classes on tambour, both in his home studio in Kentucky and in San Francisco, which you can learn about here. My friend Susan Elliot took a class with him, which you can read about here, here, and here.

Bob also has a series of videos on youtube, as well as an instructional DVD, which you can find at the bottom of this page. There's also this clever tutorial! Courtesy of Interweave.

He also has an article in the March/April 2012 issue of Piecework.


(Flight of Fantasy by Bob Haven.)


New: Jennifer Stumf is a former student of Bob Haven and also a tambour instructor in Virginia, willing to travel. Contact her for more information. Thanks, Jenn!


And there we have it! Your introduction to tambour. If you find it as beautiful as I do, I hope you consider giving it a try! When I do, rest assured, you'll hear all about it.Link

Thanks to Bob and Shirleefor their input and the use of their fantastic work, and to Susan for her excellent blog posts. And of course, thank you for reading!

Have a sequintastic day!

16 comments:

  1. I have never heard of that type of embroidery but it is lovely. Lots of potential especially with your love of Sequins!

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    1. Isn't it amazing? I would love to branch out and make handbags one of these days, and I'd love to cover one in sequins -- tambour would be perfect for that! :)

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  2. I can't believe how connected we are. My daughter and I were just talking about tambour embroidery and have ordered the supplies. She wants me to take a course with her, and | just may as the course is in Paris, France. Your links will be great resources.

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    1. Oh, wow! I guess great minds think alike. :)

      I hope you do end up going to Paris! What an awesome opportunity. And if you go, make sure to visit Fried in Paris because they sell a HUGE collection of sequins. They're like my Mothership. ;)

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  3. This stuff is amazing. Wow, I sometimes cannot believe what folks can do with really humble materials to create works of wonder. I can't wait to see you do it!!!!! xox

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    1. Isn't it unbelievable? I can't wait to see what I do with it, either -- we'll see if I can get enough students together for Bob to hold a class in Chicago. :)

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  4. Really cool -- btw, love the blog header!

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    1. Thanks, Lori!

      The blog header was a lot of fun to put together -- so I'm leaving it up for awhile, even though Easter has passed. I also want to do a header for my birthday. :)

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  5. Great article! I am a former student of Bob Haven's, having taken two of his master classes and a graduate of Lesage in Paris. I offer basic and advanced tambour embroidery classes in Richmond, Virginia and I travel to other destinations to teach on location as offered by local embroidery and art centers. My contact information is Jennifer Stumpf jennstumpf@yahoo.com.

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    1. Jennifer,

      Awesome! I'm so glad you found me -- I'll add your info to this post. :)

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  6. Jennifer,

    I live in Richmond, Va and wondering where and when is your next Tambour class ? I saw the work and some of the videos on you tube and instantly became interested in learning this. Just to let you know I have never done any type of beading before.

    Cheryl Scott
    Richmond, Va

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    1. Hi Cheryl,

      I currently teach out of my home or yours, in Richmond. I have availability for one on one classes (the best kind, actually) the second week in August and thereafter. Also I am arranging a class for the Visual Arts Center in Richmond (formerly the Hand Workshop). You can email me jennstumpf@yahoo.com or call 804-678-9571 to discuss. No problem on the lack of beading experience. Even the most experienced hand beaders are beginners when it comes to tambour. No worries. :-)

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  7. I taught myself the technique, and now do it for fashion houses around the world! The hardest bit is to get a frame big enough :)

    Love to see people being inspired on your blog! Keep it up.

    Joe

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    1. Hey, Joe! Thanks for stopping by!

      I'm so glad that you learned tambour and that you've been so successful at it! I'd love to see photos of your work, and if you have a blog, I invite you to participate in my Sequintastic September blog hop:

      http://www.saturdaysequins.com/2012/07/sequintastic-september.html

      Cheers!

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  8. I have to comment. I studied under Bob Haven at the Academy of Art University. He's an excellent teacher and I lOVED the class. He now has his own studio in Kentucky where he offers weekend classes during the spring. I highly recommend taking one of his classes if you can! He's a really sweet man and we've remained friends even after I graduated.

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