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  • Start: Saturday 30 September - 13:00
  • Estimated End: Saturday 30 September - 16:00
  • Auditorium: EW Dance Studio 1

£50 (including hook, yours to keep)

All workshops include a tea or coffee and day entry to the thread festival

Learn a basic stitch of tambour embroidery, traditionally associated with French couture. There is only one stitch to master in tambour embroidery. Instead of a needle, a very fine, sharp hook is punched through a tightly stretched fabric to catch a fine thread from beneath and draw it up, creating a linked, chain-like stitch.  

You will learn how to work the hook exactly through the fabric without catching, following a pattern and how to start and stop. Once you finish stitching your design you will then be shown how to finish the back of a hoop neatly, making it ready for display.

We will discuss: brief history of tambour stitching, what are the best materials to use, different ways of transferring a pattern onto the fabric, different ways of finishing the back of a hoop making it ready for display or as a gift.

Tutor: Zuzana Lalikova

Zuzana is a London based designer/maker working with fiber and textiles.Her work is heavily influenced by tradition and traditional crafts. Coming from a rich cultural background she found and early interest in embroidery that she then developed further through a degree study at London College of Fashion. Interested in value of human labour in our mechanized world, craft remains at the core of her practice.

Embroidery is a main focus of her work; re-purposing traditional craft techniques into contemporary designs, with geometry being an endless source of inspiration. She creates embroidery artworks of varying scales as well as accessories from her studio in SW London, blurring lines between art and craft. Each piece takes days, weeks or even months to complete.

Level / Ability: No previous experience necessary – just enthusiasm and patience!

Materials Provided: Please note, this ticket includes the additional  cost of a tambour hook, which is yours to keep after the class for future projects. All other materials and tools are provided.  

Participants should bring: Small scissors.

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