Japanese shibori (tie dyed) ribbon is simply lovely.  The most common application in jewelry design is to use it to hang pendants from. But truly innovative designers will do something totally different. Italian designer, Simona Svezia, besides others like Sherry Serafini, uses it to create gorgeous shibori ribbon beaded jewelry for her Etsy store, Perline e Bijoux.

Her method of combining bead embroidery and occasionally soutache with the swirling folds of the ribbon is just stunning! She makes both earrings and necklaces.  She also has tutorials for some of her designs in her Etsy store so you can learn her technique of beading with ribbon.

Simona, who is bilingual, says she has always been attracted to beads since childhood. She further explained, “I started working with the beads about 14-15 years ago when I bought a book on flowers made with beads and soon my house was full of beaded flowers! A little later, my interest shifted to jewelry and from then on I tried to learn all the different techniques: beadweaving, embroidery, and then shibori silk and soutache. Now this work has become for me a kind of meditation through the expression of craftsmanship and creativity.“

She is inspired by nature as well as other cultures and different historical periods. Indeed, her Venere earrings below look like they could belong to an Indian dancer! Absolutely luxurious designs!

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