Tambour Embroidery Resources
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.
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!)
(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.)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.
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!
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!