Sample of tammy cloth. Sample of tammy cloth.

Tamis is a coarse worsted cloth, originally used for straining sauces. The term derives from the French word tamis (‘sieve’). It is now sometimes used as the ground material for coarse forms of embroidery. The word is also used for a sieve, especially for Indian cooking (also known as a drum sieve or chalni).

See also the TRC Needles entries on French canvas work and tammy work.

Source: CAULFEILD, Sophia Frances Anne and Blanche C. SAWARD (1882). The Dictionary of Needlework, London: L. Upcott Gill, p. 471.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 7th July 2016).


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