Y’all, here is a suzani from Tajikistan worked entirely in chain stitch. I believe they used a tambour hook, which I introduced yesterday through French and Indian embroidery. It’s a worldwide technique! Thanks again to Dr. Shirazi for so generously sharing her embroidery collection.
Next I’ll show a few detailed photos of the motifs, so y’all can appreciate what a tambour hook can do. I’d hate to work this without one! I think incorporating tambour into my needlework repertoire alongside other needle-based techniques could be really interesting. I also now think the Hmong embroidery with spiral motifs could have been worked with a tambour hook.
This is one of a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture.” Over the years she has collected a number of examples of embroidery from around the world, and has very kindly allowed me to photograph them for my blog.