Soutache: Edging

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The finishing touch for any soutache design is a beaded edge. Not only does the edge add a beautiful detail, it also covers any stitching along the side of the cord that you want to hide.
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Step 1

Option 1: Back Stitch Edge
Work with your remaining thread, or knot the end of a new thread and pass through the backing to anchor the thread.

Step 2

Stitch up through the backing and through the cord along the center channel edge. Start from a corner of the design.

Step 3

String four beads onto the thread, and position them along the side of the design (along the outside center channel of the cord).

Step 4

Stitch down through the outer soutache cord.

Step 5

Stitch along the side of the cord, underneath the last two beads on the outside.

Step 6

Stitch back through the last two beads added.

Step 7

String 3-5 more beads.

Step 8

Since the needle is pointed right at the soutache along the side, and the beads will extend all the way to the corner, pass through both cords in front of the bead hole.

Step 9

Stitch through the backing, toward the last beads strung. It may require more than one stitch through the backing to re-position the thread.

Step 10

Pass up through the outer soutache cord, heading back towards the beads.

Step 11

Pass back through the last two beads added.

Step 12

Pass back through the cord next to the beads.

Step 13

Stitch back through the cord, heading toward the outside edge.

Step 14

String 3-5 beads, and position them alongside the cord.

Step 15

Pass back through the cord next to the beads.

Step 16

Add a stitch along the inside edge of the cords underneath the last two beads added. Pass back through the cords toward the outside.

Step 17

Come up through the backing, and through the outer cord

Step 18

Pass through the last two beads added.

Step 19

Continue the rest of the way around the piece using the same technique.

Step 20

Knot the thread on the back. Trim off the thread tails.

Step 21

Option 2: Brick Stitch Edge
Continue with your existing thread, or add a new thread. Push the needle through the backing, and come out the side, through the center channel of the cord, near the edge.

Step 22

String two seed beads.

Step 23

Pass back down through the edge of the soutache cord and the backing so the beads sit along the side, next to each other.

Step 24

Pass back up through the second bead.

Step 25

String one bead.

Step 26

Pass back down through the edge of the soutache cord and the backing the bead sits along the side, next to the previously added beads.

Step 27

Pass back down through the edge of the soutache cord and the backing so the beads sit along the side, next to each other.

Step 28

Pass back up through the last bead added.

Step 29

Continue the rest of the way around until you've added the last bead that will fit around the edge.

Step 30

Cross over and pass through the first bead, down into the edge of the cord and backing, and return back through the first bead.

Step 31

Stitch through several more beads, then pass the needle down through the backing.

Step 32

Knot the thread. Trim off the ends.

Step 33

Congratulations, you’ve learned how to add a beaded edge to a soutache design!

     

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