HNW - reply - tambour vs chain stitch

Donna Kenton kenton at
Thu Sep 16 03:51:29 PDT 1999

You take this little dingus which looks for all the world like the littlest
crochet hook you have ever seen.  Most frequently mounted in a wooden or
plastic handle.  Hooks come in various sizes.

The fabric is (usually) stretched taut on a hoop, with the design drawn on
it.  Used to be called a tambour drum.

You hold the thread under the fabric.  You hold the tambour hook on top.

And then you put the hook through the fabric, pull up the thread, so you've
got a loop.  From there, you're basically working a crocheted chain stitch
all along the design on your fabric.

This is absolutely wonderful for applying serious quantities of beads.  In
that case, you're working the opposite way.  The top would be the
underpart, where the thread with the beads is.  The part you're actually
working, where you can see the chain stitch, is the underside.

Caveat:  This is a chain stitch and must be well secured.  Otherwise, you
could lose the whole thing.


At 05:28 PM 9/15/1999 PDT, you wrote:
>Excuseme, but could someone please explain what Tambor work is?
>>From: Donna Kenton <kenton at>
>>Reply-To: H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG
>>To: H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG
>>Subject: Re: HNW - reply - tambour vs chain stitch
>>Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:55:39 -0400
>>Gee, when I do tambour, I'm pretty sure there's only one thread that shows
>>on the bottom.  It's been a while, though, so I might be wrong.
>>You have one thread as a tail that sorta stays behind.  The other half is
>>the working thread, where you pull up the loop.
>>I'll have to double check.
>>At 11:42 AM 9/15/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>> >Hi Charlene,
>> >
>> >It is easy to distinguish tambour work from chain stitch when you look at
>> >the back of the work.  Since chain stitch is worked with the thread on 
>> >top of the fabric and the thread is drawn completely through the fabric
>> >with each stitch, the only thing that shows on the bottom is a single
>> >stitch that looks like a running stitch.  Tambour work, because it is 
>> >with the thread on the underside, looping up to the top, has two threads
>> >that show on the bottom of the work.  Another way to think of tambour 
>> >is as a basic crochet stitch done with a piece of fabric in the middle --
>> >anybody out there want to speculate about a connection between tambour 
>> >crochet?
>> >
>> >Kira (sca Constance
>> >
>> >For those who have done both, once worked is it possible to distinguish
>> >tambour from chain stitch (either front or back)?
>> >
>> >--Charlene
>> >
>> >
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