Have you ever read these lines from Jane Austin's novel Northanger Abbey
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. Catherine knew all this very well; her great aunt had read her a lecture on the subject only the Christmas before; and yet she lay awake ten minutes on Wednesday night debating between her spotted and her tamboured muslin, and nothing but the shortness of the time prevented her buying a new one for the evening.
Did you briefly acknowledge the word tamboured and have no clue what it meant? Well get ready for enlightenment.
Although I have never done any embroidery - or crochet for that matter - it occurred to me, here was a potentially
I trotted off to my local craft and sewing stores to inquire if they stocked Tambour embroidery hooks. Oddly enough they did not. Only one store had even heard of them, announcing no-one had asked for Tambour hooks for twenty years. Well, what can I say? I'm decidedly retro.
Fortunately being decidedly retro I don't stick to the beaten path and in Butterflies Hospice Op-shop on Hanover Street I scored these awesome vintage craft tools that look like tiny crochet hooks. See how tiny the hook is? OK, now these aren't officially Tambour hooks, but they should do the business.
[If anyone can tell what these hooks were really meant for (lace making??) Please let me know.]
And after scoring an embroidery hoop from Restore, (whoop only cost a $1.50) I've been experimenting with differtent types of thread to create the chain stitch, which, just as I hoped is
|Tiny hooks (they have their own caps! too cute) used for my Tambour-style embroidery|
PS. Also known as 'Aari' this style of embroidery is used today for attaching beads to fabric in the couture garment industry. And final fact for the day: Tambour Embroidery was the inspiration leading to the invention of the sewing machine. Neato!
Wait, wait, I forgot to say how much the hooks were. 50 cents each! Score!!!
Linking up this week with other thrifters: Black Bird has Spoken, and Sir Thrift Alot.