Discover Soutache, the art of creating modern and unique jewellery from looped braids.
Donatella Ciotti shows you how to create stunning, expensive-looking costume jewellery, from earrings and bracelets to brooches for hats, with full-colour, detailed photography to guide you through each process. There is even a gallery of images at the end of the book to inspire you to create your own, bespoke soutache masterpieces.
Learn about the history of jewellery crafting and the ever-growing trend for affordable yet stylish costume jewellery, before trying your hand at your own soutache pieces. Begin with the basic techniques of finishing and sewing the cords and inserting pearls and cabochons or cameos, discover the secrets behind coiling your soutache braids to make buttons, then begin to make bracelets, rings, headbands and much more.
Your soutache creations will be eye-catching and entirely unique to you!
Donatella Ciotti lives in Pavia, Italy, where she owns a crafts store. She teaches courses on Styrofoam, beadwork, silk ribbon, and flower compositions made with Venetian beads.
Creating with soutache 6 Historical notes 8 MATERIALS: SOUTACHE CORD 10 OTHER MATERIALS 12 ACCESSORIES 14 BEADS AND CRYSTALS 16 PREPARING THE CORDS 18 TYING OFF KNOTS 18 SEWING THE CORDS 19 MAKING A BASIC ELEMENT 20 WORKING WITH A CABOCHON 24 SEWING A BEZEL TO THE CORDS 26 SETTING A CABOCHON WITH BEADS 27 STRIPS WITH BEADS 28 LEAF TECHNIQUE 28 ADDING PEARLS TO A LEAF SHAPE 29 LOZENGE SHAPE LEAF WITH BEADS 29 WAVE TECHNIQUE WITH PEARLS 30 WAVE TECHNIQUE WITH SMALL PEARLS AND BEADS 31 ZIGZAG TECHNIQUE 32 COIL TECHNIQUE 34 COIL WITH A PEARL 35 DOUBLE COLOUR COILS 35 SPIRAL BUTTONS 36 COIL WRAPPING ON RINGS 38 SEWING RHINESTONE CHAINS TO THE CORDS 40 SEWING BEADS AROUND a CABOCHON 42 SEWING CORD TO A BEADED CABOCHON 45 GLUING TECHNIQUE 46 BRACELETS 48 WAVE BRACELETS 50 ZIGZAG BRACELET 52 MULTICOLOUR BRACELET 54 TWO-COLOUR PLAITED BRACELET 56 RINGS 58 PINK RING WITH CABOCHON 60 LIME GREEN AND LILAC RING 62 PINK AND TURQUOISE RING 66 HEADBANDS 68 GREEN HEADBAND 70 DAYTIME HEADBAND 72 ELEGANT EVENING HEADBAND 73 CREATIONS IN RUBBER 74 BRACELET AND EARRINGS 76 EARRINGS 80 LARGE HOOP EARRINGS WITH A DROP 82 EARRINGS WITH A STONE CABOCHON 84 EARRINGS WITH LEAVES 86 HAIR COMBS AND HAIR CLIPS 88 WHITE HAIR COMB 90 TURQUOISE AND AQUAMARINE HAIR COMB 92 LAMP SHADE 94 BROOCHES FOR HATS 98 HAT BROOCH 100 GALLERY OF INSPIRATION 104