Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hand Embroidered Jewelry

Or Soutache jewelry, as it is called - because it is made with Soutache (pronounced soo-tash) - which is, according to Wikipedia - a "type of galloon." Which doesn't help you at all, does it?

It is a flat, decorative trim that is hand-stitched to make some freakin' awesome jewelry - that's what it is! Just check out Pinterest or Etsy or just google it if you haven't seen any of this stuff yet! 

I blogged about it on Monday - and there are some great links to tutorials and videos there! And - we will be having a class in this with Angela Peace in January - email to get on the waiting list! 

And we have it! We're really excited about this. I can't wait to see what everyone does with it!

s34508 Braid - 3 mm Soutache - Yale Blue (1 meter)
Thirty-one-derful colours - plus s34506 Braid - 3 mm Soutache - Metallic Silver (1 meter)Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver. In essence, all you need is a meter each of a bunch of colours, a handful of beads, a needle and thread, scissors, a little glue - to seal the ends and prevent it unravelling (no - heat sealing with a lighter doesn't work - I tried it). You can back the whole thing with some ultrasuede (like this cuff bracelet) or leave it open for simpler designs like the necklace.
I like the curvy designs that I see, and lots of colour and rich looks. It bridges jewelry and textile design, and has a rich texture. And it lends itself to paisleys and Art Nouveau and repetitive line designs - like Zentangles! 

So now that your head is filling with designs and ideas - I'm going to hit you with the rest of the new stuff this week - which you are hardly going to be able to pay attention to at all! 

s34540 Swarovski Neon Pearl - 12 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Neon Green Pearl (10)Two new colours of the Swarovski Neon pearls have arrived. Green Neon, and Red Neon. Both as34541 Swarovski Neon Pearl - 10 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Neon Red Pearl (10)re pretty eye-popping colours. The Red is really more of a red-orange than a red-red - but next to the existing orange - it's red.

2775810s32568 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 4 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Turquoise Pearl (strand 25)The Swarovski Turquoise Gem Pearls have also finally arrived, and it's a pretty colour. s34571 Stone Beads - 18 x 25 mm Rectangle - Bronze Infused Kingman Turquoise (1)Very classic. Turquoise never goes out of style! 

Alternately - we have Bronze Infused Kingman Turquoise - from the Kingman mine - known for it's high quality turquoise. The addition of metallic bronze gives this turquoise a glamorous look!

s34351 Stone Beads -  Faceted Hexagon - Labradorite (1)And this month, we are featuring Labradorite! Labradorite is actually named for Labrador, the province, not the dog, and I know that for some of you - this is your favorite stone! It is a soft, misty grey with flashes of blue in it. There is something otherworldly about it ... . 

Ws34587 Stone Beads - 25 x 40 mm Horse Eye Pendant - Chrysocolla (1)e also have a few one of a kind and limited quantity Chrysocolla Pendants. It's getting harder and harder to find nice Chrysocolla.

s34616 Glass Beads - 18 mm Gumdrops - Peach Lumi (1)s34619 Glass Beads - 18 mm Fat Spikes - Chalk Apricot Lumi (1)Oh, and for the lady looking for "Blunt Spikes" - we have a few "Gumdrops" - and still more Spikes. Do they never end?

So, as always, wonderful, wonderful new things - all over the site. I leave you to explore at your leisure. Click on a link or an image to go straight to the item mentioned above, or go to our massive list of everything and look for the "new" tags.
If that page seems overwhelming - which we freely admit it is! - then try for bite-size portions by checking out these categories: Firepolish, Pressed Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Seedbeads, Stone and Pearls, Preciosa Crystal, Metal Beads, Other Cool Beads, Findings, Metal Clay & Supplies or Books, Kits, Tools.
And don't forget to check out our free, yes, free projects. Over 300 to choose from - a new one every week!

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