A NEW SORT OF EMBROIDERY: The Art of Tambour Embroidery in the 18th Century

Due to supply issues we have had to temporarily postpone the workshop. We are working very diligently to find an alternative kit material and will update with more information when we are able.
An Online Workshop with Christina Johnson

Believed to be the descendent of Aari work, tambour embroidery (named after the drum-like frame on which it is worked) was made popular in the eighteenth century where it became not only a European industry, but also a genteel hobby practiced by those of a certain social echelon. Students will not only learn the basic tambour stitch, but will apply their learning as they tambour a reproduction of an original early 19th century tamboured cap from a private collection.   

In this workshop participants will:

  • Discuss the chronology, evolution, and distinguishing features of tambour embroidery.
  • Practice proper technique for the basic tambour chain stitch.
  • Tambour a replica of an extant early 19th century cap.
  • Assemble the replica cap.
*Please read Level Requirements before registering

Workshop Cost: $100* includes PDF pattern of original cap and embroidery design, muslin and embroidery floss, three units of pre-recorded instruction, three live Q&A’s via Google Meet, and twelve weeks of access to course from start of class.  Other supplies needed can be seen here.

This course is divided into three units which will be released every week. One hour Q&A sessions are scheduled at the end of each week of instruction (at 4pm EST).

*International shipping not included.