Good monday morning to you too.
I wanted to write a post about what i did last weekend as i thoroughly enjoyed it and figured, so much joy must be shared.
so here it goes: around 5 weeks ago i received the brilliant message that i had won a Tambour Beading course with Hand & Lock London, for submitting the below picture to a price give away on instagram.
This was my first ever attempt in proper embroidery, i.e silk shading and needles to say i was, -i am proud as punch that it won me the course.
Long story short, it finally happened last weekend and it was brilliant!
Jess, our teacher ( yes yes, i know, great name...!) Was lovely, patient and explained everything to us keen beginner tambourians (...!) to the point that we were all able to get some beads on some opaque fabric by the end of the course.
I am a pretty fast learner, tho i have to admit that Tambour beading is certainly only something for you if patience is one of your strengths.
Tambour beading is a quick way of applying beads and sequins, once you have mastered the technique.
Day 1 was all about the technique, so we worked the stitch on this see-through fabric.
Once we kind of got what we were supposed to do, we moved on to actually transferring a design and actually applying beads, which was great fun!
By the end of the day my eyes where pretty blurry as i am used to work with a light directly above my pieces. Tired but happy i was anticipating day 2!
Having learned the basics, we spend the morning with adding to the design of the previous day, i tried sequins, which is pretty tedious but once you get it, it's fun!
Pretty soon most of us where keen to try our hands on the 'not so easy' opaque fabric on which you mainly work by feeling , rather than seeing the beads you are working with, as the design is always facing away from you.
I decided on lovely Liberty fabric and drew a flower on it.
The beads i chose where miniscule and therefore very labour intensive, but as with all that i do, i like to apply repetition to learn as fast as possible.
So by the end of the day i had made a tiny beads flower and can confidently say- i certainly know how to Tambour bead now!!
In order to keep practicing, i actually bought he Tambour needle and hook i worked with and i will certainly work on incorporating this new learned skill into future retex sculptures of mine!
What's left to say is that i can't recommend this course enough!
So if you are a keen crafts person, go and have a look at what else they have to offer. You won't regret it!!