Stunning Soutache

Here in the Jewelry Stringing office, we like to keep our eyes and ears open to what's hot in the jewelry and fashion industries as a whole, not just what pertains to the type of jewelry we feature in our magazine.

I first heard the term "soutache" when some of our staff members returned from the big bead shows in Tucson this past February. And now it seems beaded necklaces and cuffs using this technique have been popping up all over!

Soutache is a braided trim most often used in the textile industry for decoration on a piece of fabric. A great example is shown on the skirt of this vintage 1950s embroidered party dress. Now bead artists across the globe are creating stunning pieces of jewelry using soutache embroidery techniques.


These two gorgeous necklaces were created by French bead artist, Anneta Valious:



This soutache embroidered leather cuff is by Csilla Papp, a jewelry designer in the United Kingdom.


Another U.K. artist, Anna Lenkiewicz, made this striking statement necklace.


While scouring the web for more examples, I came across this Rainbow Necklace, which is a collaborative project by 50 jewelry artists in Poland. Each artist made a separate component, then all of the pieces were joined together by Ewelina Rzad. Ewelina came up with the idea as a way to raise money for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, one of Poland's biggest non-profit charity organizations which has raised millions of dollars for medical equipment and health care for children.

For more inspiration, pick up a copy of Beadwork magazine's June/July issue, which hits newsstands on May 7th and features step-by-step instructions and how-to diagrams for creating a beautiful soutache embroidered necklace by Israeli designer, Miriam Shimon.

Happy beading,

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Debbie Blair

About Debbie Blair

Debbie Blair is the senior editor of Jewelry Stringing magazine and related special issues. With a background in fine arts, she loves dabbling in polymer clay, paint, and resin to add a personal touch to her jewelry designs. She’s a foodie at heart and thinks summertime in Colorado is the next best thing to Heaven.