[HNW] Tambour and Passing Thread

Leif og Bjarne Drews drewscph at post12.tele.dk
Sun Jul 24 14:34:42 PDT 2011

I have absolutely no clues what so ever what Tambour is, maybe it is really 
a tambour thread for tambour work, and it could be usefull for making satin 
stiches where you take the thread trough the fabric- this was used in 
renaissance, as i recall. Goldthread in genneral usually was just couched to 
the material.

just my 2 cents.


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From: Velvet Claw
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 11:24 PM
Subject: [HNW] Tambour and Passing Thread

>From Dolby's Church Embroidery - Ancient and Modern, page 206

"Tambour is a gold thread precisely similar to passing but of the finest
and most delicate quality. It is also very flexible and my be easily
pulled through the material--as silk. In elaborate designs it may be
used, in preference to passing, for "streaking" and working upon silk

I understand tambour is available from Benson and Johnson, Golden
Threads and a "special gilt tambour" from Thistle Threads.

Is it worth using tambour for elaborate, fine pieces or just sticking to
some good old relatively widely available and cheaper passing thread?
And what on earth is "streaking", do you know?


Megan/Elmsley Rose

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