How is it made! A little bit of soutache history.

    Anna Krupczak     2


Soutache cords are woven from rayon or synthetic fibers threads (in past they used silk, wool or metallic bullion thread). It was a standard application on clothes to indicate rank in military uniforms and to outline numbers or players' names. I’ve even found soutache cords used to decorate a picture in a church. By connecting soutache cords with stones and beads I create my jewelry. I make every item by sewing up all the components together.

My last piece was gold and navy blue earrings. It was made on special order. I used Swarovski rivoli crystal (it is my favorite component), Swarovski pearls and TOHO beads.

Here are the steps of my work:

Preparing for production. It is still just a mess but by spreading out the cords and beads, I check the harmony of the colors.


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swarovski rivoli navy blue gold beige handmade accessories earrings yellow design colors embroidery designer beads beading

When I pick up the needle, I am like a ghost for a couple of days, as embroidering takes up every minute of my free time. I’m going to post the pictures of my work step by step but it is so hard for me to stop my activity for a minute to take a photo.


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 And the result of this is the following:


swarovski rivoli navy blue gold beige handmade accessories earrings yellow design colors embroidery designer how is it made


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Comments

Soutache Curious

Soutache Curious
02/20/2015

Dear Ms Krupczak,
I find your creations really fantastic and beautiful. I am not sure if you are from Eastern Europe or not- but I was wondering if you were, whether you knew how the Soutache material itself was made- especially the traditional method before machinery? If you know please post a blog article on that- it would be extremely interesting to know an dI am sure meany other jewellery makers, tailors and even costume makers, and other many crafts would find that fascinating. Most thankful in advance.

Anna Krupczak

Anna Krupczak
02/22/2015

Thank you.
Yes, I’m from Eastern Europe, Poland. Unfortunately I don’t have knowledge about the production details of soutache cords. I get soutache cords from my neighbor country – Czech Republic, they offer the best quality.

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Tags: accessories, blue, earrings, handmade, rivoli, swarovski

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