Tambour Beading Workshop – Sunday May 17th 2020, 1-4pm CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19


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Join us in the beautiful Olde Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio on Sunday May 17th 2020, 1-4pm to learn the basics of this historical technique that is the cornerstone of couture beadwork. Tambour beading is a unique technique that allows the artist to apply beadwork to large areas much more rapidly than other hand beading methods.


Madame de Pompadour Creating Tambour Embroidery. 1753-64 painting by François-Hubert Drouais, in the National Gallery, London.

In this introductory class, students will learn:

– About the best fabrics for this technique

– The differences in embroidery frames

– How to prepare the frame

– The best threads for tambour beading

– How to properly orient the needle in the tambour hook.

– How to apply beads with the tambour hook

– How to complete your work and apply it to garments

All tools and materials are provided with the cost of the class, this includes:

– tambour hook

– embroidery hoop (If you would like to upgrade to a high quality slate frame for more professional use, they are available for purchase at an additional cost here: http://oldetownebead.com/product/professional-sla…for-tambour-work/)

– seed beads

– thread

– fabric

Prior to the class, students will receive a reminder email with the location address. We regret that due to the specialty nature of the tools and materials we cannot give refunds for the class. Instead, in cases of emergency, credit will be issued for a future class.

If you have any questions or any difficulty in the checkout process, please contact us at sales (at) oldetownebead (dot) com


COMING SOON: We are currently working on an online version of this course, please email us at sales (at) oldetownebead (dot) com if you would like to be notified of when registration opens.


Instructor:  Larissa Boiwka

Larissa is best known for creating richly embellished couture corsets, under the label Wilde Hunt Corsetry. Her work has appeared in music videos and television, most recently PBS’ new period drama Mercy Street. She has been teaching courses in beadwork and embroidery for over 17 years at places such as the Columbus College of Art and Design and Byzantium, the popular art and jewelry gallery. The instructor has studied the technique of Tambour Beading with the prestigious embroidery firm of Hand & Lock, embroiderers to the English royal family and looks forward to sharing with you some of the tricks of the couture industry.



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