Today I am sharing with you just a few of the soutache pieces Nancy Donaldson has been creating since I gave her a selection of our new Dazzle-it Soutache cords.

Nancy is already well established as an artist specializing in encaustic and mixed media arts.  She is the only person I allow to work in my studio.  When I get a new product line I usually invite her to spend the day experimenting with it.  It gives me a chance to see what another artist/jeweler would do with the products.  She loves the challenge of something different and when she arrives I usually have a table set up with items and the rule “make something with only these items.”  I had no idea what would happen after she sat in front of the Dazzle-it Soutache Cord collection.

I asked her to choose any colour cord she liked and to just play with it.  Nancy, being Nancy, began to research soutache and her pinterest board quickly became populated with some gorgeous inspirational images.

These are some of her first designs.  She loved the cord and became intrigued with the idea of being able to manipulate it.  It is like a puzzle to her…where she goes next she does not know, but somehow always manages to stitch her way out of a dead end.

This bracelet is one of several “experiments.”

This piece she worked on in my studio.  I wanted to see how her designs were coming together.

What I learned was how she was able to add, and then sometime subtract, entire sections!

We laid out designs and possible additions.  Really, the options are endless.

It was thrilling to see her incorporate the abalone shell I adore from the catalog.  We moved and rearranged these many times.

In the end, she went home and this amazing necklace was completed.  Wait till you see what else she is creating.  I may need to set up a soutache intervention.  She is well and truly “hooked on soutache!”