Have you ever considered what ever happened to some of your favourite beads, and jewelery techniques? Did the faeries steal them, or did they simply fall out of fashion?
I blame an awful lot on magazines, because they need to keep flogging trends. New products and techniques, sell magazines!!! There is nothing wrong with that, but what’s wrong with the older products and techniques? What’s up with Soutache Embroidery? What is Soutache braid? According to Interweave, “it’s basically a flat decorative trim or ribbon that’s traditionally used for concealing a seam on clothing”, but it could also be used to decorate clothing. My grandmother made my mother’s wedding dress.? It was heavily decorated with looping swirls of Soutache braid. Simple, beautiful, and elegant!
While still used in clothing, Soutache is also used, in combination with beads, to make jewelery. According to makezine.com, “lengths of Soutache are stacked to create a more solid visual element and a stable base for the addition of beads.” I’ve tried this technique! You use fairly simple stitches, but then I needed to wrestle the beads in place. It isn’t as easy as it looks! Like everything else, it requires patience, instruction, and practice! It’s also colourful, and just plain fun!
While browsing through a book by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara (she even taught at BeadFX), I realized that Soutache will never be in my bailiwick! Angela Peace taught classes at BeadFX, but I haven’t seen any scheduled for a while. Has the fad passed? Should it be revived?
Then, what ever happened to Toho, Triangle beads? They sat on the shelf, until Jill Wiseman (she taught at BeadFX as well), released a video! They flew off the shelves, but now they’re quiet again. Sigh!
What about Shibori Ribbon? It was heavily used in bead embroidery for a few years, but I haven’t seen anything about it recently (and BeadFX never stocked it). Based on past experience, I always wondered how someone would ever clean jewelery, made out of hand dyed, and pleated silk. Was it a passing fancy, or perhaps it just did not stand up to normal wear-and-tear! Sherri Serafini, certainly didn’t think so! But then rock stars buy her jewelery!!
What ever happened to this blog writer, figuring out how to best organize her stash? Also, why does she wander off, every which way, exploring new products, and techniques? Do you have any, what ever happened to questions, dear readers? Do you want me to research anything for you?