Soutache (pronounced - so͞o-tăsh′) is a narrow flat decorative braid. It's been used for trimming clothing and particularly military uniforms for centuries.  But it wasn't used in jewelry until an innovative designer, Dori Csengeri experimented with it in the 1980's. The rest, as they say, is history. The elegant style definitely shouts "statement"!

I recently received this book Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making for review from Interweave/F+W Media.  The Hungarian designer Csilla Papp started with beadweaving and bead embroidery before falling for soutache jewelry making - Dori Csengeri is one of her favorite designers!  The author developed her own design style.

The book consists of 15 projects which vary from simple to more challenging designs.  Overall the designs are distinctive but not too showy.  The designer has a wonderful sense of color and placement. Of note is her use of other materials such as bugle and metal beads,chains, braided leather in her pieces.  Shown here are some of my favorites from the book.

The basic techniques section is very well covered. The author shows how to prepare flat back cabochons as well as the pointed ones like rivoli crystals. Creating different shapes around bead clusters was most inspirational.

The undulating back part of the Angeline necklace is lovely.

Angeline Necklace
It is indeed possible to integrate metal beads in a soutache design as shown in the Sophia earrings below :

The braid itself can also be used as the "chain".Soutache jewelry - with the exception of earrings are ideal for those who are metal allergic! The Apollo pendant necklace also features a very clear use of braided leather in the design.

The colorful America bracelet design features green cathedral beads - an underrated style of beads.

America Bracelet

This mandala part of the India Choker below is made up of chains and beads sandwiched between the soutache braids!!

India Choker
This is a wonderfully clear instructional and inspirational book which should help out soutache jewelry making novices get started.  What is more, you are allowed to follow her instructions and sell the resulting pieces at craft shows etc!

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