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For today’s lesson, I am going to focus on one technique that will allow you to do a couple of very useful things. It’s a very helpful little trick to keep your work looking neat and tidy.
It’s not complicated, and once you’ve learned it, you’ll find that a whole new world of possibilities opens up.
As far as I can tell, this technique doesn’t have a name, so I’m going to refer to it as a “false stop” because that’s exactly what it is: behaving as if you’ve finished the work, but actually moving on instead.
My old lap hoop, sadly, has broken off of its stand, and I need to fix it, so this tutorial was photographed in a small hoop, clamped to the edge of a table. This is a great solution if you can’t invest in a hoop with a stand right now, but you have other embroidery hoops around.
Imagine you have embroidered a motif, like this cute little flower:
It’s finished, but there’s no clear way to get from the flower to the next part of your pattern. You could cut the thread, but goodness, who wants more ends to weave in when you’re finished?! Not I.
So instead, you follow these simple steps:
Now that you’ve seen how useful a false stop can be for moving your thread from one place to another without breaking it, I’ll show you another way to use the same technique: turning sharp corners.
You may have noticed that tambourwork doesn’t like to go around corners. The turning stitch tends to distort and stick up in an effort to make the turn. Fear not! This can be avoided.
This technique comes in incredibly handy while working a complicated tambour motif.
I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
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8 thoughts on “Tambour Lace Lesson 3”
These tutorials are fantastic, I must say! I’m having much better luck now with the right materials, and your step-by-step photos and descriptions are very easy to follow. Thank you so much for doing these! I hope you cover edges next. 🙂
Thanks so much! I’m glad they’re helpful!
Thank you sooo much for your tambour tutorials! I was intimated to try on my own but after reading your tutorials I’m excited to try. Thank you!!
Best of luck!
Hi , I just watched your tutorials and there are great. One thing that I don’t get is won’t the threads show when you jump from one pattern to another. I am doing a veil and thought you might see it
Hi Anita—the threads will be visible through nets and other very fine fabrics. How noticeable they are depends on how busy your pattern is. This is totally normal, and can be seen on extant pieces. If it bothers you, you can certainly cut the thread and weave it in any time you need to move, but you may end up making a lot of work for yourself. I generally will jump the thread for short distances (up to about an inch and a half), and cut it for anything longer.
Some instructions tell you to change the direction you wrap the thread when you change the direction on the design. Is this necessary?
I find that altering the way I wrap the thread can help ensure that it catches and holds in the hook better as you move in different directions. If you prefer not to, it isn’t required, just a trick that can make things run a bit smoother.