Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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tambour

1. A form of embroidery consisting of looped stitches similar to a chain stitch and worked with a fine hook. Tambour was used on embroidered bindings. 2. A metallic embroidery thread either worked through the material or sewn to it with silk of the same color. It was sometimes sewn flat and sometimes raised over thread or cord if the relief was to be high; however, this technique was never employed on silk, only on satin and velvet. It was usually double, the lines being laid down side by side with only the ends being taken through the hack. Occasionally, it was sewn down with a bright lustrous red silk. See also: COUCHING (2) . (280 )




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