We've only spoken about tambour beading a few times here on Beading Arts, mostly because I know nothing about the technique other than how it looks. Recently, I was contacted by Mastered, a British company offering online fashion and jewelry master classes, and guess what they have added to their line-up? A class called "Couture embellishment: Tambour beading"! Mastered offers a free trial of every course, so I visited the this one and found that the whole set up is very user friendly and thorough.
This course is being taught by artists at Hand & Lock, a 246-year-old embroidery company which has worked with the finest couture houses in the world, as well as created work for the Queen and Royal family, and the British military.
Within each module you'll find a mix of HD video content, written tutorials and exercises. They take you from learning the chain stitch, to working with the beads and sequins to advanced tambour techniques and working with beads of different types. You'll then learn how to design your own pieces of beading and how to apply the designs to different mediums.
The course is split into three modules:
1. Tambour technique
2. Advanced tambour
3. Tambour design
You can ask questions at any stage. These are answered by the course tutors and other members of the community. You are welcome to upload pictures of your work in progress so that you can get feedback. You also get exclusive access to the 'Mastered Meets' online seminars which are discussions/Q&A with industry insiders. Finally you get support to take your work further, whether that's introductions to the press or buyers or business advice.
Pretty cool, huh? How would you like to win a free course in tambour beading from Mastered? Please read this carefully! What we want to know from you is which of the other courses Mastered offers would you like to try as a free trial? Leave me your answer here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I won't be able to contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, cyndi at mazeltovjewelry dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: January 29, 2014. In the meantime while you wait, you are invited to go try out that free trial for any class that interests you!
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