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New online tambour beading class available...and a giveaway!

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.

***Giveaway Alert!!!***

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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Kathryn said…
WOW! This is so cool ! I would love to take the creative Embroidery class. I enjoyed watching the videos on the site. Oh, I would love to visit that place.
Kathryn said…
OH, and I forgot to leave my email address, I'm Kathryn at Blue Ridge Diva Designs :)
Becky Pancake said…
WOW Cyndi what a wonderful giveaway. I would like to be entered in the Tambour Technique class.
Becky Pancake said…
I tweeted about your great giveaway.
Firstly, thanks for the link to Mastered. I would like the Creative Embroidery course with Diana Springall. I'm good at embroidery, but not so good at the designing part. My email is Thanks so much for offering this great giveaway! :o)
Carole said…
Definitely the Creative Embroidery class. What a great resources.

Sarah Sequins said…
Yay!! I'm so happy to see this post on your blog. I was the one who passed your name along to them when they contacted me. <3
Robbie said…
Well, Cyndi, as much as I love my beading, I would say the Creative Embroidery. Just the little peak I had really looked so VERY inspiring! The design caught my eye immediately.
Such beauty....and to learn to create it would be heaven! My motto for this year is to learn...and this would fit right in with expanding my beading expertise...thanks for the post! I have shared on goggle+ and will be posting on my fb page as well.
Jill said…
I would love to take the Foundation in metal clay jewelry class! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

amf said…
Enter me for the Tambour free class, Would also like jewelry design and the metal clay. Thank you
I think the "foundations in metal clay" would be interesting, but if they had additional courses in beading, I would look at those first.

mary.katherine.parker at
Peggy said…
What a cool and generous contest! I only recently learned about tambour work and it looks fascinating! If I only had more hours in the day and no need for sleep! Sigh! :-)
The class I would take IS the Tambour Beading. At only $195US and with a free trial, I am bookmarking the page. It's a great deal!
peggy.vargas at
Wendy said…
Wow, Mastered offers classes on everything I want to know about lately! Besides the "Tambour" class I would be interested in the "casting jewelry at home" class, and after that I think I might go for the "Jewelry Design" course. The "JD" class looks a little intimidating but I think it would be of great benefit. I'd have to be sure I could give all my attention to it. Please enter me in the drawing for the "Tambour" class! Wendy -
Unknown said…
Well, finding your site just made my Monday-workday-websurf-daydream-of-stitching Day! Tambour beading is so intriguing to me! Do I feel a Sick day Tuesday?