I found an old Russian embroidery technique being done by this artist at
It is actually cording which is woven between the beads and then embroidered together. I had a hard time getting any good pictures from her website, but you MUST go to the website to see more. The color combinations are awesome! Click on "D STORE" and then click on the photo of the pieces you want to see close up.
BE PREPARED TO BE ASTONISHED!!!!
The pieces below were made by a lady in France (www.etsy.com/shop/annetavalious) which shows the idea of what the soutache embroidery technique is, but you MUST go to the original website shown above to see the "real" thing by the creator.