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
I can see this soutache piece on my coat collar. It is just adorable! Nancy may add it to a necklace however. I was very happy to see the piece as is.
I gave Nancy soutache cords from our new line and did not realize I was creating a new soutache designer. She is completely self taught.
She does have quite a few more colour options!
Nancy Donaldson has completed another soutache beauty. I am thrilled to be able to share it with you first!
I have watched from the sidelines as Nancy has taught herself how to make great use of our new soutache cords.
I thought she might whip up a few shapes…I had no idea she would create such stunning finished pieces!
She has incorporated many of our glass beads and pearls into her necklace.
These little gems are called metallic glass peacock pressed glass beads.
She does not make a plan when she starts her projects. This section lead her to create a new design which featured her piece in a new direction.
Isn’t it stunning?
Today I am sharing with you just a few of the soutache pieces Nancy Donaldson has been creating since I gave her a selection of our new Dazzle-it Soutache cords.
Nancy is already well established as an artist specializing in encaustic and mixed media arts. She is the only person I allow to work in my studio. When I get a new product line I usually invite her to spend the day experimenting with it. It gives me a chance to see what another artist/jeweler would do with the products. She loves the challenge of something different and when she arrives I usually have a table set up with items and the rule “make something with only these items.” I had no idea what would happen after she sat in front of the Dazzle-it Soutache Cord collection.
I asked her to choose any colour cord she liked and to just play with it. Nancy, being Nancy, began to research soutache and her pinterest board quickly became populated with some gorgeous inspirational images.
These are some of her first designs. She loved the cord and became intrigued with the idea of being able to manipulate it. It is like a puzzle to her…where she goes next she does not know, but somehow always manages to stitch her way out of a dead end.
This bracelet is one of several “experiments.”
This piece she worked on in my studio. I wanted to see how her designs were coming together.
What I learned was how she was able to add, and then sometime subtract, entire sections!
We laid out designs and possible additions. Really, the options are endless.
It was thrilling to see her incorporate the abalone shell I adore from the catalog. We moved and rearranged these many times.
In the end, she went home and this amazing necklace was completed. Wait till you see what else she is creating. I may need to set up a soutache intervention. She is well and truly “hooked on soutache!”