What is Soutache? you may well ask.
The most common way to pronounce Soutache, is to say "soo tash"
Soutache is a French word thought to have been first used in the mid 1800's. It comes from the Hungarian word sujtas, which means braid used for trimming.
The braids come in many colours and are often made with fibres such as rayon or natural cotton. The decorative braids used to be seen adorning jackets and coats as well as epaulettes, fabric or metal trim sewn onto a garment's shoulders. (think of Napoleons uniforms and Marie Antoinette dresses) One of the most beautiful applications of Soutache is when it is used to make jewellery. The loops, swirls, and cabochons and beads all combine to make the most colourful, lightweight, unique, stunning jewellery.
I use this method of making jewellery to give my poor hands a break from wire-work. It is very detailed and time-consuming often taking up to a week to finish a large necklace. I use a floor standing magnifying glass to help with the fiddly bits. Each piece is a total one off and cant be replicated, although I could probably make something similar.
For people with metal allergies this style of jewellery avoids the need to use any metal at all. pendants can be put onto a silicone cord and necklaces can be finished using the braid. You will find further information under each item.