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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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Size 10 English Beading Needles
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.
Stitch up through the backing and through the cord along the center channel edge. Start from a corner of the design.
String four beads onto the thread, and position them along the side of the design (along the outside center channel of the cord).
Stitch down through the outer soutache cord.
Stitch along the side of the cord, underneath the last two beads on the outside.
Stitch back through the last two beads added.
String 3-5 more beads.
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.
Stitch through the backing, toward the last beads strung. It may require more than one stitch through the backing to re-position the thread.
Pass up through the outer soutache cord, heading back towards the beads.
Pass back through the last two beads added.
Pass back through the cord next to the beads.
Stitch back through the cord, heading toward the outside edge.
String 3-5 beads, and position them alongside the cord.
Add a stitch along the inside edge of the cords underneath the last two beads added. Pass back through the cords toward the outside.
Come up through the backing, and through the outer cord
Pass through the last two beads added.
Continue the rest of the way around the piece using the same technique.
Knot the thread on the back. Trim off the thread tails.
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.
String two seed beads.
Pass back down through the edge of the soutache cord and the backing so the beads sit along the side, next to each other.
Pass back up through the second bead.
String one bead.
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.
Pass back up through the last bead added.
Continue the rest of the way around until you've added the last bead that will fit around the edge.
Cross over and pass through the first bead, down into the edge of the cord and backing, and return back through the first bead.
Stitch through several more beads, then pass the needle down through the backing.
Knot the thread. Trim off the ends.
Congratulations, you’ve learned how to add a beaded edge to a soutache design!