How to use tambour crochet to embroider a chain stitch heart on a small loom

I’ve just made a new video tutorial showing how to use a nifty technique to embroider motifs onto small loom weavings.

The technique is tambour crochet, and the motif is one of my most favorites, the heart…

This is the first in a series of video tutorials and free projects that I will be posting in honor of ‘Stitch Red’, which is the Needlearts industry’s campaign for heart disease awareness- working to benefit The Heart Truth through the end of June 2013.

I care deeply about heart health, as my mother and mother in law both had heart problems, and my mom had to have surgery on her heart.

I don’t want any of us to have to go through that …. so I am very committed to helping people have happy healthy hearts!

I used the tambour technique to embroider the heart and greyhound for the memorial piece about the passing of our beloved companion in this blog post Link

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay

In the video, I promised that I would share a heap of links, and so here they are:

The Stitch Red campaign website is:

You can follow on twitter and facebook

Their blog is

The yarn in the video is delicious gorgeousness from Koigu yarns: Stitch Red yarn  and more Stitch Red

The loom in the video is a 14 inch triangle loom from Dewberry Ridge looms tri loom

More links to the Stitch Red campaign: Ravelry group



Filed under crochet, Triangle loom weaving, tutorial & how to, video tutorial, weaving & handwoven

12 responses to “How to use tambour crochet to embroider a chain stitch heart on a small loom

  1. Hi Noreen, as usual a lovely technique to learn! I have always wanted to use a tambour hook, and I crochet, so I thought it could not be so hard! Yet I have two left thumbs when I come to do it, lol! I need to study your video to get the hand positions right. A video like yours is worth volumes of instructions. Thank you! Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration!
    BTW, your first link to does not work.


    • Hello Caroline
      Thank you so much! Tambour crochet is a wonderful technique that I have been using for a long time, and it struck me that I really ought to share my delight with it!
      You’ll have the hang of it really quickly 🙂
      Thanks for the heads up on the broken link. I have fixed it and hope that the fix sticks!
      I also edited the pic of my greyhound memorial piece into this post, as this is how I did the embroidery for that piece.


  2. Jan

    I enjoyed this very informative tutorial, Noreen. How do you allow for potential draw-in of the fabric (after washing the triangle) due to different tensions and possible different fiber content/gauges of the woven “canvas” of the triangle and the crocheted outline? Would you block each crocheted motif?


  3. Carolee

    I had never heard of this type of crochet before but what a fast easy way to add something special to the weaving.


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  8. Katie

    I love tambour crochet. Nice video. Very sorry about your greyhound.

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