The technique of Tambour Lace was brought to Europe from the Orient around 1760. This technique requires the material to be stretched tightly over a drum (French word for drum is tambour) that looks similar to a tambourine. The thread is held underneath the fabric being worked by the left hand, and the right hand holds a tiny hook (tambour hook), similar to a crochet hook. This then pulls the thread to the surface in even looped stitches, which follow a continuous line. This line looks similar to needle made chain stitches.