Soutache jewelry has been introduced to me just last week by a friend at the Fanpage, Tatiana Slezak. According to Tatiana, Soutache is a kind of hand embroidery, which uses strips of viscose called soutache. The name of this technique comes from the French word soutache, meaning a type of braid sewn ornaments on military uniforms. Technique of decoration of the bars was already known in ancient China. Soutache found for this widely used in fashion.
As this new to me Tatiana has shared one of her designs where she'll be teaching us how to make Soutache Earrings
Materials: Transparent thread Needle 2 colors of 8 x 13cm soutache strings 8 x 4mm glass beads 4 x 4mm black glass beads 9 x 1mm transparent glass beads 2 ear wires Piece of felt
Prepare the transparent thread and your needle.
Join 4 soutache strings in the middle by using thread and needle in the following order:
silver, black, black, silver
Go back on forth few times
Once it is ready between two string put the ear wire
...and begin to sew from the other side of the ear wire.
Take one of the 4mm beads, put it through the needle and slide the bead through the strings next to the earwire.
Bend the soutache strings, wrapping the bead and sew trough back and forth.
Once it is done take another bead
Bend the soutache again and sew through, keeping the excess soutache strings at the back.
Passing through the middle soutache do the same for the other side.
It should look like this.
Cut the extras soutache strings using the scissors.
Create a 2nd piece with the same sewing steps but without the ear wires.
Sting the beads into your 2nd soutache piece in the following order:
Take the part of soutache with the earwire and join them
together by sewing back and forth.
Do the same for the other side.
Now take the piece of felt and glue it from another side so all
the threads would be hidden.
Beautiful, isn't it? It's a lightweight piece of jewelry :)
In real life Tatiana loves cafes. At cafes she meets people - beautiful women and talk about life and of course, girls' stuffs. That's why she created the blog Feminine Cafe where women from all over the world can meet, talk and share about girly stuff, talk about creativity and make beautiful changes in their lives.
I believe we don't have to personally meet people face to face to become friends.