[HNW] Tambour and Passing Thread

Valerie Justus-Rusconi valerie_kalyani at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 24 14:50:19 PDT 2011

I would check out the newsletters on Mary Corbet's site, she has been doing extensive and detailed articles on gold work techniques. The photos are amazing.
Also you may find information on Tanya Berlin's site, she carries a lot of gold work supplies.


--- On Sun, 7/24/11, Velvet Claw <a_velvet_claw at yahoo.com.au> wrote:

From: Velvet Claw <a_velvet_claw at yahoo.com.au>
Subject: [HNW] Tambour and Passing Thread
To: "HNW" <h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org>
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 2:24 PM

>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 embroidery".

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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