Soutache & Bead Embroidery
The book begins with a wonderfully detailed Supply List - which is so important for those of us who don't know where to start. Next comes eight fabulous pages of Techniques. Each technique is named with a picture & detailed description. These pages were extremely helpful as I worked through a project to refer back to for assistance.
Chapter One: Creating Basic Shapes has 6 projects. Each building techniques so that your knowledge and ability to recognize these basics grow as you go! These core concepts begin even the most elaborate of projects or designs.
|Princess Earrings on page 19|
Each project gives the basic shape learned, tools to be used, materials needed, & instructions with detailed picture.
For example, the Pinwheel Bracelet highlights the Basic Shapes of pinwheels and spirals. The Bonus Skill is embellishing edge beading.
Chapter Two: Adding Elements expands on talents learned in chapter one, adding in cabochons, flat beads, rhinestone chain and more. The instructions are simplified in this chapter but if you need help, refer to the Techniques pages 10-17 at the beginning of the book.
|Suspended Stone Necklace on page 41|
The Suspended Stone Necklace project concentrates on working with large, flat beads. The Bonus Skill is working with metallic braid. Obstacles that would be encountered are addressed and overcome.
Chapter Three: Layers and Light introduces techniques to use to break up the volume of your Soutache work so that it doesn't become "heavy" both in actual weight and visual mass.
Each project in Chapter 3 also has a Concentration Skill and a Bonus Skill.
|Blissful Abundance Necklace|
|"Dangerous Liaisons" necklace, 2013 from the Gallery|
I have totally enjoyed this book and my interest in Soutache is piqued!
Thank you Amee Sweet-McNamara and Kalmbach Books for publishing this beautiful book!