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
In the video, I promised that I would share a heap of links, and so here they are:
The Stitch Red campaign website is: www.stitchred.com
You can follow on twitter and facebook
Their blog is http://www.stitchred.com/blog.asp
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
12 responses to “How to use tambour crochet to embroider a chain stitch heart on a small loom”
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 stitchred.com does not work.
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.
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?
Great question, Jan! Thanks for bringing it up! Yes, indeed, blocking is our friend! Also, working with a fairly loose tension when doing the tambour crochet will help to alieviate intense draw in.
I had never heard of this type of crochet before but what a fast easy way to add something special to the weaving.
Hi Carolee- It’s one of my most favorite ways of embellishing woven, crocheted and knitted fabrics- hope you have fun with it! 🙂
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I love tambour crochet. Nice video. Very sorry about your greyhound.
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Thank you, Katie