Due to the current COVID-19 crisis we are only dispatching orders twice a week and made to order items are taking longer than usual to produce. We will do our best to get items out to you as quickly as we can.

Haute Couture Tambour Beading: Intensive Six Week course



Suitable for beginners and novices alike.

London, UK
Location: Hand & Lock, 86 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TE
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Dates: Tuesday's, April 7 - May 12, 2020

Hand & Lock present a six week class dedicated to the haute couture embroidery technique known as Tambour Beading. Starting in March 2018, students will learn how to create a design, set up a professional full size frame before learning how to work the hook through the fabric without catching. From here, with practice they will learn how to place beads, sequins and bugles using the technique.

Tambour Beading appeared in Europe in the 18th century and quickly became a popular pastime for ladies. Unlike the other techniques the embroidery is accomplished with a special hook working through a fabric stretched tight as a drum. The technique was fairly exotic compared to other techniques of that time which contributed to its popularity. It is now used to add glamour and luxury to garments such as bridal wear, red carpet gowns and catwalk fashions. Examples of tambour beading can be seen on the catwalks of Elie Saab, Oscar De La Renta, Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Vera Wang.

Full Class Structure available on request | All Materials are provided | 12 spaces per class.

Upon completion of the class, students can request an official Hand and Lock certificate detailing the new skills mastered.

*Please note, class bookings are non-refundable.

Students enrolled on this special class will learn the following:


  • Introduction to Hand & Lock.
  • Set up a full size frame.
  •  Learn the chain stitch as well as becoming comfortable with the tambour hook on plain opaque fabric.


  • Learn how to add beads to threads and attach to fabric using the chain stitch.
  • Learn how to attach sequins.


  • Work on a larger more complex design.
  • Learn the Vermicelli technique.


  • Continue on larger design.


  • Learn Pulled Stitch technique.


  • Recap over work and discuss any unanswered questions. 
  • Experimental application (In their final session students will also benefit from an experimental session, this is a chance to adapt to new skills learned to real-life practical applications of each student).