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An embroidery or lace fabric prepared using a chain stitches made with a tambour hook. Tambourwork is stretched on a wooden double hoop frame (tambour frame), then the yarn is woven in an around a mesh faric using a tambour hook. Tambourwork was popular in the US and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries (e.g., Limerick lace, and Nottingham lace). Earlier examples come from China, India, Persia and Turkey. It may be made by hand or with a machine.

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Synonyms and Related Terms

tambour lace; tambour stitch; tambour embroidery; embroidered lace; bordado (Esp.)

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998