Win a Kit Of Soutache Bead Embroidery Supplies!

One of the best parts of my job is getting to participate in the Beadwork magazine challenge every now and then — it pushes me to get back to my beads, and it gives me a reason to learn new beading and embroidery techniques, like soutache!

I was equal parts excited and terrified when I opened this amazing kit from our friends at The BeadSmith. While I've long been an admirer of the gorgeous soutache bead embroidery I see being posted, I've never been particularly talented at sewing fabrics and ribbons cords. Honestly, I still have nightmares about being in the Girl Scouts in the third grade, trying to earn my needlecrafts badge, and finally deciding that going through half a box of self-stick bandages meant that I should give up on trying to learn the French knot.

But the Lunasoft cabochons in this kit were just too tempting. I admit it, I've got a cabochon problem — they're in pretty much every drawer, box, and bag of my bead stash. If I can bezel a cabochon with bead embroidery or off-loom bead-weaving, I can do it with soutache, right?

Using the cabochons as the focal points for my soutache necklace certainly made the process easier! I found a couple of good soutache videos on YouTube and went at it. After I stitched the soutache cord around the cabochons, I broke out a couple of my precious cream-colored 3mm round glass druk beads. I can't get these from my original source anymore, so I tend to hoard them, but they were just perfect to add a little bit of light to the lovely, soft glowing cabochons.

For this pendant, I figured a simple necklace would be best, because I didn't want to distract too much from the shapes and lines of the soutache bead embroidery. A simple two-strand leather cord made this piece soft, light, and oh-so-wearable!

But of course, now we need you to suggest a name for it! Just leave a comment on this blog post before Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 12 midnight ET. We'll choose the name we like the best, and the winner will receive a kit just like the one I got to make my soutache bead embroidery pendant! (Please note: due to customs regulations, we can only ship kits to residents of the United States.)

So put on your thinking caps, and let's see those great ideas for names!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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Jennifer VanBenschoten

About Jennifer VanBenschoten

Born in New Jersey in 1974, I escaped to the Adirondacks for the first time in 1995, making it my permanent home in 2000.  I have been interested in beads, buttons and making jewelry as long as I can remember.  It's probably my mother's fault - she was a fiber artist and crochet historian, and whenever she ordered supplies from one mail order source, she would order a huge bag of assorted buttons and beads for me and my sister!    

319 thoughts on “Win a Kit Of Soutache Bead Embroidery Supplies!

  1. Caramel Splendor.

    Simple, the colors speak for itself on this piece it does not need something super fancy and elaborate because the work and materials do it all themselves.

  2. Bronze Goddess. The textures of the beads are appealing and the combination of beadwork balances the piece. There are a lot of Goddess images that are abstract and this one seems fitting in a variety of ways. Beautiful piece!!

  3. I apologize if this is a duplicate post. I typed one in and it didn’t appear to load.

    My suggested name is Bronze Goddess. There are a variety of forms that are goddess like in a very abstract way. The beauty and balance of this piece is amazing. I haven’t done any embroidery but keep finding a lot of interesting items.

    Another variation on the name could be Soutache Goddess.

    Regardless, it’s a beautiful piece. Well done!!

  4. Riders in the Sky. To me it has a western look and an evening sky that color from the the sun setting and dust being kicked up with the clouds (cream colored beads) around.

  5. This reminds me of a pair of old cowboy boots I once had and loved!!!
    Soft and worn as old leather and stitched with a lacey design!

    “Leather & Lace”

  6. I would call it “TETRAD.” A tetrad is a series of four total lunar eclipses in a row over a two year period of time. And the four Lunasoft Cabochons are the perfect, gorgeous color of a blood moon.

  7. I would call it “TETRAD.” A tetrad is a series of four total lunar eclipses in a row over a two year period of time. And the four Lunasoft Cabochons are the perfect, gorgeous color of a blood moon.

  8. Lovely! The color makes me think of desert sands after a storm and the shape brings to mind some type os abstract insect/scorpion searching for precious water after the rain. I suggest Desert Rain.

  9. chocolate potato head.

    i know it’s a little weird….but the first thing i thought of when i looked at it was…cool, that looks like Mr. Potato Head….lol

    thanks for offering this giveaway and good luck to all that enter.

  10. It almost reminds me of a peanut butter flower. On the other hand they are Luna soft cabs, it could be can be called Luna Earth.
    Very soft looking and pretty!
    Christine

  11. The design of this necklace reminds me of natures way of unifying life. So I have come up with two different names.
    1.” Quattro ” which is Italian for the number four,
    2, “Concordia” which is Italian for the word Unity.

    Barbara L.

  12. Beautiful and very creative necklace. It reminds me of a Safari in Kenya. For that reason I’d name it “African Mystic” or “The Lion King”.Leila.

  13. Beautiful and very creative necklace. It reminds me of a Safari in Kenya. For that reason I’d name it “African Mystic” or “The Lion King”.Leila.

  14. Foo Man Woo Hoo? or Listen Closely to the Sound of My Beads

    This is a fabulous piece of work – congrats of your accomplishments! Thank you for this chance – I appreciate you! 🙂 ~Kelsie

  15. Foo Man Woo Hoo? or Listen Closely to the Sound of My Beads

    This is a fabulous piece of work – congrats of your accomplishments! Thank you for this chance – I appreciate you! 🙂 ~Kelsie

  16. My suggestion is “Honey Badger’s Dreamquest” – due to the rich honey color and the almost tribal look of it. Lovely piece!

  17. Hi,
    Your necklace is beautiful; you did a lovely job. I first thought of lights when I saw it so I am suggesting, “Copper Lights”. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Ann C-G

  18. I’d like to name it “VanBenschoten Owl Monkey.”

    Look up pictures of the Owl monkeys in the Amazon; they’ve got chocolate brown eyes with white fur around them! Who knows, maybe you’ve discovered the world’s latest and greatest addition to the monkey family! I know I’d sure rather have this monkey in my house than the real thing! 🙂

  19. “My cup of tea”….can you tell I like cream in my tea!! I’ve been wanting to learn Soutach for so long. Thanks for all the great work ad ideas Jennifer.

  20. An interesting piece, it reminds me of Milk Chocolate Oreo Cookies.
    The Milk Chocolate Cookie and the Cream around it. Sounds delicious too!

  21. I’d called it Sahara Luna. It reminds me of a dessert and Luna for the moon. this is beautiful–I haven’t tried using Soutache yet and this would give me the opportunity to do this.

  22. I’d called it Sahara Luna. It reminds me of a dessert and Luna for the moon. this is beautiful–I haven’t tried using Soutache yet and this would give me the opportunity to do this.

  23. I think I would call this “Desert Blush.” It is such great timing that you would have this contest now. My Bead Society group is doing a demonstration on Soutache this month. I could keep practicing if I won. Thanks.

  24. I think I would call this “Desert Blush.” It is such great timing that you would have this contest now. My Bead Society group is doing a demonstration on Soutache this month. I could keep practicing if I won. Thanks.

  25. “Beautiful Sunrise” over the Arizona Hills! Its so beautiful reminds me of all the diverse colors as the sun is just peeking over the hills and laying different colors everywhere

  26. WILD HORSES . I’m in Tucson right now and across from a Native American reservation and this just reminded me of some of their work. (can’t you see the horseshoes?)

    I love it – I have only worked with Soutache once and would love to learn to master it.

  27. WILD HORSES . I’m in Tucson right now and across from a Native American reservation and this just reminded me of some of their work. (can’t you see the horseshoes?)

    I love it – I have only worked with Soutache once and would love to learn to master it.

  28. WILD HORSES . I’m in Tucson right now and across from a Native American reservation and this just reminded me of some of their work. (can’t you see the horseshoes?)

    I love it – I have only worked with Soutache once and would love to learn to master it.

  29. WILD HORSES . I’m in Tucson right now and across from a Native American reservation and this just reminded me of some of their work. (can’t you see the horseshoes?)

    I love it – I have only worked with Soutache once and would love to learn to master it.

  30. WILD HORSES . I’m in Tucson right now and across from a Native American reservation and this just reminded me of some of their work. (can’t you see the horseshoes?)

    I love it – I have only worked with Soutache once and would love to learn to master it.

  31. At first look…this beautiful piece reminded me of a Rootbeer Float…but I see someone had the same vision…so upon second look I think of:

    “Tiramisu and Praline & Cream”.

  32. Camel back beaded surprise!!!!! This name fits this necklace. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to try to win one of these kits. Kimberly Miller

  33. “pancakes and sour cream” was the first thing that came to my mind. Kids will assemble the different sized pancakes on the plates, put dots of sour cream around and then scream in delight “I ate an eye, nose,…”
    It looks so lovely

  34. I love this design. I have always wanted to try Soutache but have hesitated because I thought it might be complicated and difficult. I have a wonderful name, anyway I think so but I read them and they all sound so good. How about “Soutache a la creme”. Thanks for the contest always love a chance to win.

  35. After looking at it for quite a bit it strikes me as something that royalty would wear and we all dream of being royal so….Royal Princess Dream would be one of my choices.

  36. I learned to sew from my Great-Grandma when I was 3 1/2. I have always loved to sew. Taking jewelry to the sewing level would be exciting. I’d love to win this stash. I’d name it “Mocha People”, or “Hot Chocolate Dreams”.

  37. “Seeds Of Life” is what came to mind. the pearls next to the brown (a healthy dirt color) reminded me of seeds in the ground, but my mind is in the garden today. ^.^ I really like this piece! a class the local bead shop did the other day had used similar cabs and I love the cabs!

  38. This is a tricky one for me to name. I see a face, you mention a girl scout badge which reminds me of their cookies, but then I’m thinking Oreo cookies. Lol, so how about “girl scout chocolate cream”

    Girl Scout chocolate cream. Or
    Chocolate Creme de creme

  39. It reminds me of sand and rocks and with the leather, it makes me think of someone wearing it while riding a camel. “Dessert Nomad” would be my pick.

  40. I have several suggestions for this lovely piece:
    Awesome Ayes
    Oval Ovature
    Cabsation
    Cabachon Caressed
    Glowing Glamour
    Caressed Carmel

  41. Your necklace is beautiful and color coordinated. Just discovered Soutache at NQA and cannot wait to try it. I wonder how it would look on a fabric surface.

  42. Congratulations to Mary Doucette, who won the Jun/Jul14 Beadwork Challenge Naming Contest with her submission of “Woodland Moonglow” for Jennifer VanBenschoten’s bracelet. Mary won an identical kit of beads to the one used in this challenge, from The BeadSmith. Thanks for playing! ~Lavon Peters, managing editor, Beadwork

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