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!