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Beginner Couture Beading & Embellishment by The English Tailoress


2 Session Workshop | Total of 6 hours: (3 hrs/session)  [Exclusive one-time only event]

This is a unique opportunity to learn Tambour beading and Couture embellishment with the award winning English Tailoress in Singapore!

This 2 day course gives an in depth approach to tambour beading and couture embellishments applied to haute couture fashion and high fashion for beginners. It will cover the tambour beading technique using silk organza, seed beads and bugle beads to cover the basic chain stitch and vermicelli design. The 2nd day will cover couture embellishments including ribbon-work, all techniques learnt will be applied to a design.

Day 1

Learn how to create a solid framework for beading using silk organza on a rotating frame. This technique can be applied to larger frames to bead panels for a garment.

The main focus is on the basic chain stitch using a tambour hook correctly set up for silk organza.
Learn how to create a secure knot and change direction.
Seed beads and bugle beads are used to start tambour beading with a variety of techniques including vermicelli.

Day 2
Couture embellishments including ribbon-work are taught using a beading needle and thread to create a variety of texture and dimension with 3d beadwork, clusters, raised beadwork and brickwork for trims and edging.

Please remember although you will be learning in a mixed technique group, your class is tailored specifically to your progress.

Beading techniques from both days learnt are combined and applied to a small design to finish.

All materials and sewing tools provided.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to create solid framework on rotating frame
  • Creating a secure knot and changing direction
  • Tambour beading with a variety of techniques including vermicelli
  • Couture embellishments including ribbon-work
  • Creating texture and dimension with 3D beadwork, clusters, raised beadwork & brickwork

Tambour Hook & Frame - Can be hired or purchased on the day

Hire charge $30 | Purchase charge $65

No prerequisites. All are welcome!

Classes start on time, please arrive 5 minutes earlier if possible. 


  • The date that you booked may be postponed if that date has fewer than 8 student signups.
  • This course is not SkillsFuture claimable

Individual & group workshops are available to book on request, please enquire. We also offer workshops not listed & can tailor them to suit your needs.

Kindly refer to our class policies before signing up.


The English Tailoress trained in Handcraft tailoring at London College of Fashion to learn bespoke tailoring (Savile Row method) for men and women. She developed her technical skills by working in the fashion and costume industry on productions for theatre, opera, film and fashion designers showcasing at LFW and Paris Couture Week. Alongside her freelance work, she continued to work with individual clients designing and making bespoke tailoring and couture for special occasions.

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