Friday, April 22, 2016

About Soutache: History and Use Through The Ages


Soutache embroidery is a technique which dates back to the fourteenth century in France. Soutache (pronounced SOO-tash), also referred to as Russia braid or Galloon, is a common element in the French art of passementerie, which is a silky braid used to decorate cut fabricThe threads used to make a soutache come in many colors and are often made of natural fabrics such as silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Synthetic, semi-synthetic fibers, and metallic threads of silver or gold may also be used.See more below.


Soutache was initially used for making decorative elements sewn on haute couture garments.  Cotton caftans and tunics often have soutache embroidery and have been traditionally worn by people all over the world, to include Russia, West Africa and Morocco. Mariachi uniforms, worn by musicians who play music originating from Jalisco, Mexico, are known for their colorful soutache braided designs. 

Court Dress, June 1834:  Evening Dress, circa 1895, satin with multicolored Chinese floral embroidery, pearl and braid trim, and inset chiffon, label: "Mme Marie Reeves, Robes et Manteaux, 52 E. 21 St., N.Y." via KSUM.:  Day Dress   American, 1862–64   White cotton piqué with black soutache: c. 1891 Wool Soutache Jacket:   Wine and Ivory Jacket 1890s:


Evelyn Brent.


Metallic soutache has been used for centuries to embellish elaborate military uniforms and epaulets to display rank by width or color of the braid.

Winston Churchill 1895


Soutache is most commonly braided in a herringbone pattern. Two threads are placed on opposite sides of a cord and starting with the left thread is placed over the middle cord followed by the right thread. Then alternating from the right the pattern continues until a braid is formed. This design is called a French herringbone pattern. See samples below.



The soutache braids are meticulously stitched together with fine needle and threads while combining a variety of cabochons and beads, resulting in an amazing mix of color and style of royal character that is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Since soutache embroidered jewelry is a very precise, laborious and demanding technique, the end result is a unique work of artThere are very few skilled artisans in this technique. They are true masters of their work.

Contact Suzanne today 
to create a luxurious one-of-a-kind design that will be admired and get ready for the compliments. 

"All of my designs are made from high quality materials, Swarovski® pearls and crystals, natural pearls and stones, mother of pearl, corals, Irish and Moroccan Soutache, Italian and Czech glass beads, Japanese seed beads, etc. All are sewn by hand nestled within the  soutache braids, and backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede." Suzanne


Wipe the back of your Soutache jewelry with a soft cloth after wear. If necessary quickly clean in cold water with a drop of laundry detergent, rinse well & pat dry  with a soft dry cloth.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Season is coming to an end in SW Florida. The Snow-Birds are leaving. Flying to their summer roost. Now is the best time for locals to shop & support our local merchants. Two of which are very dear to my heart since they carry my designs.

Blue Diamond Jewelers (by the Apple store)
Coconut Point Shopping Center
23151 Fashion Drive
Estero, Florida 33928

The Alley (by Dillard's)
Coconut Point Shopping Center
23191 Fashion Drive 
Estero, Florida 33928

Contact Suzanne for that unique one-of-a-kind couture hand-embroidered soutache jewelry created with you in mind. 239-776-4000.

Monday, March 28, 2016



 (Inuit for night snow)

Hand-painted Florida Scallop Sea Shell, 
TOHO glass beads,  faux pearls, Irish Soutache braid, 
backed with luxuriously smooth ultra suede. 
Matching cord necklace is included.

  Available at Blue Diamond Jewelers
Coconut Point Shopping Center
23151 Fashion Drive
Estero, Florida 33928

Read the Inuit mermaid tale at

Friday, March 11, 2016

Latest SW Florida Seashell Couture Hand-Embroidered Soutache Necklaces

Do you hear your inner mermaid?

Handcrafted with love, one tiny stitch at a time...

(A Certificate of Authenticity with care instructions is included 
with all Soutache Necklaces and Bracelets)

Nereida: Spanish nymphs, sea sprites

Naples, Florida scallop seashell painted 
iridescent fuchsia, TOHO glass beads, Irish and Moroccan Soutache braid,
 backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede
and m
atching satin cord necklace.


Midnight Serenade

Naples, Florida scallop seashell painted 
iridescent blue Swarovski ® crystals, 
TOHO glass beads, Irish Soutache braid,
and backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede
and m
atching cord necklace.

Tethys: Ancient Greek sea goddess & mother of water nymphs.

Hand-painted Florida Scallop Sea Shell & mermaid charm, Swarovski® crystal, TOHO glass beads, brass seashell,
 Irish & Moroccan Soutache braid, backed with luxuriously smooth ultra suede

and matching satin cord necklace.

Salacia: Neptune's Queen
Naples, Florida scallop seashell painted 
iridescent green Swarovski ® crystals, 
TOHO glass beads, Irish and Moroccan Soutache braid,
and backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede
and m
atching cord necklace. 
 Contact Suzanne for custom color combinations at 239-776-4000     

Monday, February 29, 2016

New Boutique in Coconut Point Shopping Center

My couture hand-embroidered Soutache Jewelry is on display in yet another location!

Be sure to stop by The Alley Artisan's Mall in the Coconut Point mall ( by Dillard's) to see the variety of art in its many forms from our local artisans. 

Here are a few of the items that I have on display for sale:


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spring Show 2016

You are cordially invited to attend
Spring Show 2016!


French Mermaid Collection

by Suzanne C. Suber

Emerald Waves
Sanibel Sunrise
Copyright © 2016 French Mermaid Collection, All rights reserved.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sanibel Sunrise

White-caps stir above the deep blue seas
as the earth is still in slumber
Dolphins play as mermaids swim
to watch the sunrise in awe with wonder

"Sanibel Sunrise" 

Watch as a lovely hand-painted mermaid swims beneath the waves at sunrise 
under the shelter of a Naples, Florida scallop seashell painted iridescent 
yellow-gold, enhanced with Swarovski ® crystals, miniature brass seashell, 
TOHO glass beads, Irish and Moroccan Soutache braid, 
and backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede

Available at Blue Diamond Jewelers
Coconut Point Shopping Center
23151 Fashion Drive
Estero, Florida 33928