The Midnight Leaves Soutache Statement Necklace

Midnight Leaves

This soutache statement necklace by Nancy Donaldson was commissioned to showcase our fabulous line of soutache cords.  The necklace was displayed in our “New Innovations” booth at the Craft and Hobby show earlier this month.

In our It’s Soutache manual written by Fernando DaSilva (released in the fall of 2014) Soutache was described “as one of those materials that defines not only a look but also a whole technique.  Recently, Soutache has become popular among many European designers excited by the endless possibilities this material provides to their creations.  The technique requires a lot of precision and a certain finesse to handle and stitch trims together.”  There are many applications for this fantastic trim and the main rule is that you must insert your needle in the centre of the soutache groove with every stitch.  That can be challenging and requires practice.

When we released our Soutache manual, Nancy was given an early copy along with some of our cords to experiment.   (she is a regular contributor of projects on this blog)  We assumed that she might make a few of the projects in the book.  We never imagined she would immerse herself into soutache, teaching herself new and unorthodox ways to use the cord.  Our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva recognized her talent immediately and met with her to select a color palette and theme for this necklace.

Many recognized soutache jewellers pre-plan their designs with mathematical precision.  Nancy is much more free with her designs.   She creates individual pieces that are collaged together.  She does not glue her sections into one single backing pad.

Her piece is also unique because some sections are left open.  The sections that are padded showcase our fish leather in a way that sets Nancy apart from other soutache designers. Our fabulous tilapia leather created the perfect texture when paired with soutache trims and beads.   Her finished necklace is not stiff.  It conforms to curves on the body beautifully.  She also created matching cuffs that sit perfectly on a wrist.

The cabochons used by her in this necklace are “JB Vintage Atelier.”  Selected by Fernando just for this design they are incorporated in a way that is fresh and appealing.  We are proud to showcase this new soutache designer’s masterpiece.

What Nancy Used To Create Her Necklace

 

Dazzle-it Soutache Cords

75000900-11   Wine Soutache Cord

75000900-46  Acai Soutache Cord

75000900-45   Alloy Soutache Cord

Fish Leather

751-35101-02  Light Grey Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-03   Plum Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-01   Black Suede Fish Leather

Pearls

27758101096 313  Swarovski 6mm Lavender Pearl

27758101245 001  Swarovski 12mm Light Grey Pearl

27758101160 328  Swarovski 8mm Blackberry Pearl

Beads

45s 1960206004700 Preciosa Siam 6mm

45s 1960204004700 Preciosa Siam 4mm

27004139 Czech Fire Polished Garnet 6mm

27004137 Czech Fire Polish Garnet 4mm

27290000-41 Ori Crystal Donut Amethyst 4x6mm

680-02069  Czech Square Metallic Mix 3.4mm

45s1960203003600 Preciosa Round Jet 3mm

45s1960204003307 Preciosa Round Jet 4mm

45s6930205003600 Preciosa Round Jet 5mm

JB Vintage Atelier

Black Cabochons

Chain

Czech Rhinestone Cup Chain

Soutache Collars for KLIK Bezel Snaps

I wanted to share with you a brand new idea.  Soutache collars!  They are very special because they have been creatively designed by Nancy Donaldson to work with new Metal Complex bezel snaps.

Here is the first collar placed on the KLIK bezel.  The simple yellow Dazzle-it resin stone looks amazing framed like this.

Without Nancy’s collars, these would be simple and elegant components.

This looks absolutely stunning now!

Currently Resin Crafts Blog and Metal Complex blog are featuring the work of 50+ artists who are each working in a unique snap bezel component designed by Metal Complex for their KLIK components line.    Take a peek here.

Sweet Soutache For Girls!

There is no way to look at this page and not say “oh how adorable!”

This is “Sweet Soutache Sadie” and with her Mom’s permission we have posted the gorgeous collection Nancy Donaldson designed for her.

Sadie’s original dress lacked any embellishment.  There was no way Nancy could leave it unadorned.  Out came her supply of Dazzle-it Soutache cord and some wood buttons.  The results are adorable.

Soutache cord is beautiful embroidery element for clothing.

I think everyone was thrilled with this redesigned outfit!

Photos by Nancy Donaldson

White Soutache Necklace

Scattered throughout Nancy Donaldson’s summer blogging are beautiful photos of her works in progress.  This gorgeous white soutache necklace is one that I finally saw in person yesterday.

Just the gathering of supplies made for a lovely photograph.

There is so much detail in this necklace.  It would be so perfect for a bride...but even better for anyone wearing the classic summer black and white ensemble.

You can see all the soutache cord colours on page 11 of the online catalog.

The sew-on stones in the Dazzle-it line are on pages 24-25.

Dazzling Soutache Necklace

 

This is a closer look at one of soutache artisan Liz Macfarlane’s samples in our “It’s Soutache” booklet gallery section.

This is one of my favorite colour combinations; brown and pink.

In our catalog we call these colours strawberry pink and espresso.

I also love the sparkly Dazzle-it shamballa beads featured.

It’s Soutache! will introduce clever applications of these fantastic trims to create equally trendy and one-of-a-kind designs.  It’s Soutache! Mixes the traditional ancient technique with modern and trendy applications that exudes freshness.  Turn the pages and let the beauty of Soutache capture your heart.