The joys of tambouring

I am trying to get back into the swing of tambouring, to make a pair of sleeve ruffles for the 18th century costume. I was getting back in to it fairly well, but the hook holder has come off the handle of my tambour hook. Now, do I have any wood glue, and if I do, where the h--l did I put it?

Miracles do happen! Not only do I have wood glue, but it was actually where it was supposed to be - in the tool box! So I have stuck the handle back on, but I can't do any more work until it has set. Ah, well.....

Still it's surprising how the movement of tambouring has stuck. It's quite different from embroidering with a needle, and I have to stop myself from trying to go too fast, but I'm getting there. It is still quicker than chain stitch, even at my laboured pace. Some of the experts could go at 120 stitches per minute according to the stuff I've read!

The pictures show progress so far. The pulled work infills are done with a needle, of course. The style of work is called Dresden Work, and it was very popular during the 18th century, as an imitation of lace, which was horribly expensive. It's done on fine muslin, about 70 threads to the inch. Finding it that fine is hard, but fortunately I have enough for the moment - I hope!

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