In-Person Introduction to Tambour work Level 2 with Bob Haven

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Date(s) - October 24, 2022 - October 28, 2022
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Introduction to Tambour work Level 2 with Bob Haven

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Level 2: Introduction to Tambour work with Bob Haven 

Prerequisite for this class is the previous level, Introduction to Tambour work Level 1 with Bob Haven. Instructor approval is required without having met the prerequisite. Please email for the instructor’s email address. 

Robert W. Haven, author of “Tambour Beading and Embroidery” has featured his award winning work for the Behringer Crawford Museum in Covington KY, the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge Ontario, as well as at the World of Wearable Art Museum, in New Zealand. Bob has also authored various articles for Vogue Patterns as well as Piecework Magazine.

Embroidery and beading have been a significant part of the life of artist, and designer Bob Haven. In 1973 Bob’s interest in embroidery was first peaked with the PBS program, Needleplay with Erica Wilson. 30 years later Bob would be at the same institution of The Royal School of Needlework, having completed the concentrated course in hand embroidery. Additionally, Bob would be a guest artist, giving demonstrations on the current PBS program, Fit2Stitch! Whilst embarking on sabbatical in 2008 Bob completed the professional course of Haute Couture Embroidery from L’ecole Lesage in Paris.

Bob Haven throughout his career has taught both as a professor of Costume Technology and as well as a Tambour embroidery instructor for fashion schools in the US as well as abroad. Bob continues his practice from his home Studio in Lexington Kentucky.

Tambour embroidery is, without doubt, the most widely practiced method of embellishment in the French Haute Couture Fashion industry. This series of classes will teach the student first the basics of utilizing the tambour hook and continue on to advanced techniques and methods used in embellishing garments and accessories. These classes are also recommended for students interested in beginning a career of their own in fashion design with a focus on embellishment, or a career as a technician in embellishment making for bridal, fashion or custom clothiers.

This second level of the introduction into Tambour embroidery series will continue the student’s exploration of techniques using the hook, and will bring the embroidery student a step closer to the final goal of designing embroidery from the frame into an article of wearable fashion.

Upon the completion of the level 1 sampler of this series, students will move on to the “Point Tire” technique and how it is best utilized with thread, seed beads, and bugle beads.

Techniques for Level 2 include:


• Point Tire” and how it works with thread, seed beads and bugle beads.

• Appliqué,

• (Point Riche stitch)

• Wiring three dimensional elements.

• Creating double sided sequins and beads on fabric

• Creating more dimensional effects with the basic stitch.

• The use of other ground materials for beadwork (lace, tulle, opaque fabrics) will also be explored. With techniques to include various elements such as lochrosen, chatons, rose monte, rhinestone cup chain and novelty beads as well.

Students will additionally need to provide:


• Tambour frame and 4-c clamps from level 1

• Black and white machine sewing thread, one spool of each. Coats and Clark polyester wrapped polyester is recommended. Avoid 100 % cotton as it frays easily, and Gutterman’s thread for this class. Additional thread colors.

• Embroidery scissors

• A notebook, and pencils for tracing patterns

• Thread snips and fine point embroidery scissors to cut around appliqué motifs


Course kit will include:


• hook sizes: #80 , #110 and #120

• various ground fabrics, such as: lace, burn-out-velvet , tulle, black organza

• various fabrics to appliqué mostly colors of chiffon or tulle very thin leather

• feathers

• rhinestone cup chain

• stones such as: chaton, rose monte and lochrosen other sew on stones novelty threads/ yarns

• various sections of garment patterns for practicing the advanced stitches and techniques

Recommended reading for this class is: Tambour Beading and Embroidery by: Robert W. Haven

This title can be purchased in a variety of formats for student’s convenience. This book is available as a printed on demand book, keep this in mind for ordering in advance.

Registration for this class closes 1 week prior to the start date. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of late registration, please contact Late registration will be accommodated when possible.

Cancellation policy: SNAD will refund tuition less a $25 processing fee up to 3 days (72 hours) prior to class start time. No refunds for cancellations with less than 3 days notification before class start time.

SNAD is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and promoting the traditions of hand embroidery. If you are able, you can make a donation which will allow us to continue to develop fun and innovative community outreach programs.

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