|Spring Doodle Flower|
One of my first soutache designs - Soutache in Bloom - a beginners pattern - was inspired by flowers. Soutache in bloom was created on one layer - so Spring Doodle Flower is a step up - created on two layers.
The design was inspired by the dagger beads - I was struggling to see these within the flower focal - so they became the leaf at the base of the flower. Do doodles of flowers have one leaf or two? The doodle shaped the use of the lilac facets - individually enclosed in two warps of cord. These petals were placed irregularly around the focal to depict a quick sketch.
The secret to the design is two layers of ultrasuede - behind the focal. First layer added the decorative edging around the chessboard focal. The brooch back and doodle petals were then stitched/glued to this first layer. The decorative edge was then used to attach a second layer of ultrasuede behind the focal. With irregular structures it is best to cut the ultrasuede to the correct shape as you edge the design - this accommodates the curvature and thickness created at the back from the warps.