Author Archives: gr8jewellery

About gr8jewellery

Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm Joanne and I live on the sunny Mediterranean Island of Malta with my husband , two teenaged sons and a dog named Neo. I am a lifelong crafter and lover of vintage and handmade. I sew a bit, paint a little and bead a lot :) I create unique and original items, sometimes made from sea finds including natural sea urchin shells collected from the seabed around the Maltese Islands by my husband and sons. We are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful clear waters and they like to make the most of it in Summer! I am then lucky to have such wonderful shells I can use in my work. :) Please click on the Creative Space tag from the list below to see works in progress. Thank you for visiting!

Venturing into Soutache

I’ve been seeing lots of pictures of Soutache work and thought “Yippee! Something new to try!!” :D

Very similar in technique to bead embroidery, flat back cabochons are stuck to a backing such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff,  with beads and Soutache cord stitched around the focal cab.  Soutache can also be stitched directly to drilled beads without the need for a foundation.

Soutache work is very time consuming and great care has to be taken to ensure that the needle passes exactly through the centre channel on the soutache cord and also to make sure that the thread isn’t pulled too tight or the cord will pucker up.

My first Soutache work was a pendant.  The focal Turquoise cabochon was undrilled so I worked with a foundation.

Pendant with Soutache cord by gr8jewellery.
Work in progress.

 

I stuck Ultra Suede to the back to hide and secure all the ends, then stitched it to the foundation for a lasting finish.

Hand stitched backing on Soutache pendant.

The finished necklace.  Suede cord in turquoise and lime green and clasp with extender chain.

 

 

 

29 Crystal Hearts

A meeting with a prospective client led to an order for 29 chokers!

I had met up with someone interested in a number of corporate Christmas gifts for the staff and, after showing some samples of my work, they had decided on chokers featuring a Swarovski Crystal Heart.

 

The client was shown a Swarovski colour chart and decided on 8 colours, with one of each on memory wire and the rest in a mixture of suede and organza ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

I set to work on sticking the end beads first.  I find simple clothes pegs are ideal for propping up the memory wire until the Epoxy dries!

 

 

 

 

  

All done, delivered and customer satisfied with purchase! :D