You can make your soutache designs really pop with a beaded edge! You may find that once you've added all of your layers of soutache, you still want more. A beaded edge can give you more shine and color. Learn the basics of soutache with our Soutache Basics Part One and Part Two Handy Tips and then read this Handy Tip to start adding beads in new ways. Find all of the products featured in this Handy Tip in our Bijou Bracelet Instructions.
Knot your thread to the bead backing. Bring the needle up between the cupchain and the inside layer of soutache. Then, take your needle through layers at the groove. Here's a trick to get the spacing of your beads just right: leave the needle in the soutache and place your bead on it to see if the spacing is going to be how you like it. Once you've got the spacing just right, continue on...
Add your bead or beads to the thread. In this case, we have a 4mm crystal and a seed bead. Bring your needle back through the crystal and then through the soutache and up between the cup chain.
Position your needle for the next bead in the beaded edge, check for good spacing and then add beads as you did in step 2.
Continue this process all the way around the soutache to complete your design.