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Soutache Basics Part 2

You've learned some essential techniques of working with soutache in our first soutache Handy Tip and now it's time to learn even more about working with this unique material. This Handy Tip will show you how to add even more beads and layers of soutache to projects, as well as how to add a backing to your finished piece. Soutache is a great way to add luxurious texture to your designs, so get started creating with this fabulous technique. This Handy Tip is here to help you along the way!

Components Used:
Move the needle to the next position in your design. Cut a section of soutache about six inches long. Thread the needle through a bead and then one layer of soutache.Make a small stitch and then thread the needle back through the bead and one layer of soutache.Position the needle for the next bead and repeat sewing in and out of the soutache to add the rest of the beads.
Cut two more pieces of soutache. Add the second and third layers by sewing them to the first layer.When you get to the top center, slide a jump ring onto the outer two layers of soutache, and then continue sewing the layers together.Finish the ends on both sides, just as you did in the previous steps.
For a dangle, sew a jump ring to the design on the back.To finish the back, cut a piece of backing to match the shape of the design. It may be helpful to cut a paper pattern first to get the size correct before cutting the backing. For this design the center bead sticks out a bit, so to eliminate some of the bulk, cut a hole for it. To neaten the edge of the hole, stitch around it with some thread.To stitch the backing to the design, cut a new piece of thread. Tie a knot in the end and thread the needle through the backing close to the edge. Then thread the needle between the second and third layer of soutache and come out in the groove. Make a tiny stitch in the groove and thread the needle back where you started. Take a stitch through the backing and repeat, working stitches all around the design.
Finish by taking a few tiny stitches, threading the needle through the loop of the thread before pulling it tight. This will create a knot. Run the tail through the piece to hide it and trim the end.We used our finished soutache piece as a focal in a pendant. Find instructions for the necklace it's featured in here.

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