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Soutache by Donatella Ciotti

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 04 April 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214809
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP Price: £9.99
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Description

Discover Soutache, the art of creating modern and unique jewellery from looped braids.

Donatella Ciotti shows you how to create stunning, expensive-looking costume jewellery, from earrings and bracelets to brooches for hats, with full-colour, detailed photography to guide you through each process. There is even a gallery of images at the end of the book to inspire you to create your own, bespoke soutache masterpieces.

Learn about the history of jewellery crafting and the ever-growing trend for affordable yet stylish costume jewellery, before trying your hand at your own soutache pieces. Begin with the basic techniques of finishing and sewing the cords and inserting pearls and cabochons or cameos, discover the secrets behind coiling your soutache braids to make buttons, then begin to make bracelets, rings, headbands and much more.

Your soutache creations will be eye-catching and entirely unique to you!


Table of Contents

Creating with soutache 6

Historical notes 8

MATERIALS: SOUTACHE CORD 10

OTHER MATERIALS 12

ACCESSORIES 14

BEADS AND CRYSTALS 16

PREPARING THE CORDS 18

TYING OFF KNOTS 18

SEWING THE CORDS 19

MAKING A BASIC ELEMENT 20

WORKING WITH A CABOCHON 24

SEWING A BEZEL TO THE CORDS 26

SETTING A CABOCHON WITH BEADS 27

STRIPS WITH BEADS 28

LEAF TECHNIQUE 28

ADDING PEARLS TO A LEAF SHAPE 29

LOZENGE SHAPE LEAF WITH BEADS 29

WAVE TECHNIQUE WITH PEARLS 30

WAVE TECHNIQUE WITH SMALL PEARLS AND BEADS 31

ZIGZAG TECHNIQUE 32

COIL TECHNIQUE 34

COIL WITH A PEARL 35

DOUBLE COLOUR COILS 35

SPIRAL BUTTONS 36

COIL WRAPPING ON RINGS 38

SEWING RHINESTONE CHAINS TO THE CORDS 40

SEWING BEADS AROUND a CABOCHON 42

SEWING CORD TO A BEADED CABOCHON 45

GLUING TECHNIQUE 46

BRACELETS 48

WAVE BRACELETS 50

ZIGZAG BRACELET 52

MULTICOLOUR BRACELET 54

TWO-COLOUR PLAITED BRACELET 56

RINGS 58

PINK RING WITH CABOCHON 60

LIME GREEN AND LILAC RING 62

PINK AND TURQUOISE RING 66

HEADBANDS 68

GREEN HEADBAND 70

DAYTIME HEADBAND 72

ELEGANT EVENING HEADBAND 73

CREATIONS IN RUBBER 74

BRACELET AND EARRINGS 76

EARRINGS 80

LARGE HOOP EARRINGS WITH A DROP 82

EARRINGS WITH A STONE CABOCHON 84

EARRINGS WITH LEAVES 86

HAIR COMBS AND HAIR CLIPS 88

WHITE HAIR COMB 90

TURQUOISE AND AQUAMARINE HAIR COMB 92

LAMP SHADE 94

BROOCHES FOR HATS 98

HAT BROOCH 100

GALLERY OF INSPIRATION 104


About Donatella Ciotti

Donatella Ciotti lives in Pavia, Italy, where she owns a crafts store. She teaches courses on Styrofoam, beadwork, silk ribbon, and flower compositions made with Venetian beads.



Reviews

Perlen Poesie


Many ideas for eye-catching projects, where Soutache braids are combined
with beads in high-quality fashion jewelry. In addition to designs for necklaces,
bracelets and earrings, the artist shows creative decorations for shoes, bags, hats, hair accessories and more. Both basic knowledge and assembly techniques are taught in the book. 18 projects with step-bystep
instructions.


myshelf.com


The subtitle says it all use a particular type of braid to make some stunning jewelry and accessories.  This is a surprisingly easy to master craft that yields some very professional and high-end appearing results while not costing much money.  A winning combination!

It is fun to do as well; the ideal thing to do while relaxing in front of the TV once you have the basics right.  I learned from another book as this one was not available but out of the books around this is the best one for beginners.  All the basic skills are in here with some clear photographic steps and plenty of captions.  As with many crafts some of the techniques would not be easy to understand if there were not enough steps but in here no vital stages are omitted.  Learn how to prepare the cord, use glue, add beads, sew around a cabochon, make different shapes like leaves and spirals and even use ribbon.  There are plenty of projects to tackle from simple buttons through to bracelets, rings and earrings.  I was pleased to see my own favorite projects to make are well represented; hair decorations such as headbands and combs.  There is even a hat brooch and lampshade decoration showing how versatile soutache can be.  As well as beads and stones the author also uses some more unusual materials such as brightly colored rubber tubing and the amazing jewelry made with this are my favorite items in the book.  Some projects are shown in more than one colorway, and at the back is a gallery of more advanced work to whet the appetite and show what soutache is capable of once you get more proficient.  My only complaint is that in a book squarely aimed at the beginner there is a very complex and advanced piece of work on the cover which is not featured as a project.  I would dearly love to see instructions for this but they are not there; a beginner would just be overwhelmed.  But maybe it is there to showcase the immense possibilities that this inexpensive and enjoyable craft has for anybody who masters it.


Customer Review


 had never heard of soutache before I came across this book, but was somewhat fascinated by the intricate design on the front cover. Indeed, there are many more within! I have not yet attempted any of the pieces presented, but the instructions seem clear, with useful photographs for guidance. Lots of projects to craft and a pretty 'gallery of inspiration' to flick through too.


Customer Review


Having never heard of this type of craft until I found this book.This Late 19th century seems to be making a comeback on the catwalks in 2012. This craft has huge potential for embellishing garments and accessories. This book shows you all the basic tools, accessories and materials that you need to make these interesting items. The book also shows you all the different techniques that you need to carry out this craft. This wouldn't be my first choice of a craft book but I really enjoyed looking through and learning about a different type of craft that I had never heard off.


Customer Review


I had not heard of this craft prior to reading through the book, however, it seems it is an old craft; reinvented. I have not tried out the projects yet, however, the book is beautifully presented with precise step by step instruction. At first may feel a little daunted at starting but having read over the instruction again, will not hesitate. Good description of materials and tools needed and the projects give a wide and varied use of the craft. Lovely book.


Customer Review


I had not tried this before but I enjoy all crafts and this was a very well written book.
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow and the photos are very beautiful.


Customer Review


Lovely book for both absolute beginners & those who want to improve their skills.
Beautiful, large pictures alongside clear instructions on how to do each part.
Lots of lovely step-by-step instructions on different projects to try.
Highly recommended, whatever your ability.


Customer Review


The stunning piece on the front attracted me to the book. I was delighted to see that the projects were broken down into step by step tutorials with pictures which makes it so much easier to try things. Even the more complicated projects look possible to a beginner with the way they are set out. I can't wait to get started and try some out.

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