How to do Soutache Bead Embroidery: Part 5 How to Add a Backing

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Designer: Julie Bean
In part 5 of this 7 installment series on how to do soutache bead embroidery, you will learn how to add a backing to your soutache bead embroidery which will cover your threads and hide any frayed ends or exposed stitches. This video series takes you from start to finish on creating a pair of soutache bead embroidered earrings.
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Hi, this is Julie with and welcome back, this is part five of our video series on learning how to do Soutache Bead Embroidery. We're creating this earring her right. If you've been following along you know that were at the point where we need to attach our backing and cover up all this back work and start to get it a nice finished look you need some glue. I have crafters pick glue right here. This is going to work great for this. If you have a fabric glue that would work really well as well. I would not recommend like a GS Hypo cement or an E6000. You're gonna really want something that's like a nice white glue that's going to help you attach your backing but isn't gonna seep through to the other side. You don't want anything too liquidy or too saturated so go ahead and apply a small dab glue to the back side of your work try to not get any on the jump rings or on the front side of your work of course you do want to smear it around the back side pretty well this is going to have a two-fold affect, it's going to help keep your backing in place while you stitch it on with your decorative beaded edge this is going to go ahead and reinforce you're knots and also all the loops you've done with your Soutache cord so once you have glue on the back side flip it over make sure none of those frayed ends and up on the front side although I could just trim them place it on your Ultra Suede if your fingers are sticky make sure you get rid of any glue before you touch the front of your piece and go ahead and press them together it's okay a little glue comes out the edge try to go ahead and just wipe it away at this point we're going to be cutting our Soutache here in the next step we're gonna let that dry and we're going to trim it we've patiently waited and our glue has dried. You can see it's dark in the suede a little bit where it spilled over which is totally fine. Go ahead and take your scissors now and just rough cut out your piece and go ahead and put the rest your ultra suede away and now we're going to trim our ultra suede I want you to trim fairly close to the edge of your outside Soutache cord. You don't want to trim to the point where it's below the edge so that it's actually not covering it so you want it to be fully covered. You don't want too much though sticking out beyond it you can see right here how much I've got go all the way around, carefully trimming. If you're a little nervous about it you have a nice sharp pair of scissors you can trim a little bit wide to begin with and then go back and trim closer as a second step when you get to something like a jump ring or another finding attached just pretend it's not there now you of course you don't wanna snip the stitch work that you did but you do you want to just try to make it so that that's not too noticeable a good sharp pair of scissors will definitely help you in this task. it doesn't have to be perfect, the main thing is you don't want to cut it to the point where you're showing a lot of the back or any of the back actually if you want a nice neat look you don't want to over trim it this is what I've got. I'm going to see if there's anywhere that I want to go and trim down a little bit more there is actually and I'm pretty happy with that so now we've gun ahead and we've actually attached our back and now we need to stitch it in place get rid of this one little notch alright there we go so in the next part of this video series I'm going to show you how to actually add a beaded edge around to give it a nice finished look if you're familiar with bead weaving it's a very similar technique to circular brick stitch it's adding a nice finishing touch. So join us in the next part of a series for explanation on how to do that. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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