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Historical Tambour Chain Stitch
I have a long post lined up on Tambour Chain Stitch because in Sweet Bags and Elizabethan Stitches the author mentions one (or two) stitches that could only have been made, in her view, with a Crochet Hook type tool. This is very intriguing, and then I found a fascinating reference that said:
“Queen Elizabeth owned caps that were Tambour embroidered”.
More about that next time, but for now, here are the 3 videos.
Satin Stitch Video
I made the video while stitching this quite large (upside down) leaf. I usually work the stitch faster than I could show on film, but you have to allow for the camera and its shiny tripod being stuck, virtually under my armpits as I work…
Then I made a video of Tambour Chain technique, as I understand it, which I will discuss later and hope to produce another research pdf file for sale on etsy, in due course (70% completed so far).
Then I made a video of the Roumanian Stitch Leaf pictured down here on the right. The way I have worked this stitch on the video, is based on vintage diagrams of instructions, where you can see the needle is angled to produce a surface pattern that is more naturalistic for leaves and petals, say:
Incidentally, while making all these leaves, I decided to go back to what I understood about Wide Stem Stitch stalks and Stem Stitch filling generally. The great thing about Wide Stem Stitch is, in certain sections, it often looks like Satin Stitch but is so much faster:
I think my next video will probably bring that study together?