This Handy Tip will show you how to build a soutache design around a cabochon. When creating a soutache design around a cabochon, a backing is glued to the cabochon first. A row of soutache cord is then stitched to the backing. The next rows of soutache are then stitched to the first. Learn the details of this process here and then create a fabulous soutache design that incorporates this process with the techniques showcased in the Soutache Basics Part 1 and Soutache Basics Part 2 Handy Tips.
Use Gem-Tac permanent adhesive to glue your cabochon to a backing that will not fray, such as suede. The bottom of this particular cabochon is shaped, so make sure that the backing adheres all the way to the edges. Try not to saturate the backing with adhesive; you don't need it to soak through. Allow to dry and then trim the backing to about 1/8 inch from the edge of the cabochon.
Add thread to a needle, tie a knot and then thread it through the backing to secure the thread to the backing.
Cut the length of soutache you need for your project or work with the entire amount you have on hand and trim later. Use GS Hypo fabric cement to prevent any cut ends of soutache from fraying. Thread the needle through the groove in the soutache cord you will use for your first row.
Stitch the soutache to the backing, making sure to always stitch in the groove of the braid.
Stitch the soutache all the way around the cabochon.
Move the thread to where you started stitching and stitch two more rows of soutache to the first row by stitching in the groove of all three rows of soutache.