How to sew loose beads on a veil

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How to sew loose beads on a veil
Bead your veil at home to save money. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Decorative beading can add sparkle to your veil in low-lit indoor settings. You can sew beads on a veil along the bottom edge only, from the waistline to the bottom, or from the top of the veil to the bottom. Beaded veils look best with dresses that don't have heavy beading. Handle tulle material with care to avoid tearing or snagging the fragile netting. You should have prior experience sewing by hand if you want to complete this project. Sewing the beads in place will ensure that they are more secure than if you glue them on.

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Things you need

  • Size .005 nylon transparent thread
  • 4mm beads
  • 5mm beads
  • Short hand-sewing needle
  • Small manicure scissors

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  1. 1

    Lay out your beading design with the 4mm beads on the top half of the veil and the 5mm beads closer to the floor. You can also trim the bottom edge of your veil with a single line of beads if desired.

  2. 2

    Thread the needle and tie the thread in a knot on the head of the needle. Tie another knot in the thread right above the first knot. The second knot shouldn't be on the needle but in the thread.

  3. 3

    Pull the tip of the needle horizontally underneath two intersecting tulle strands where you want your first bead to sit. The intersecting tulle strands resemble an "X."

  4. 4

    Thread a bead onto the needle and allow the bead to slide down onto the veil. Measure 2 1/2 inches down the short end of the thread and tie a knot on the main thread line.

  5. 5

    Manipulate both ends of the thread to pull the short end of the thread through the bead tube, so the knot sits on the edge of the bead tube.

  6. 6

    Pull the needle back through the bead tube, so both ends of the thread are sticking out of the other end of the bead tube.

  7. 7

    Pull the ends of the thread down gently with one hand while simultaneously twisting the knot with your other hand to get the knot inside of the bead tube (so it is concealed at the centre of the bead tube).

  8. 8

    Cut the loose ends of thread with the small manicure scissors.

  9. 9

    Space your beads between 6 and 7 inches apart randomly across the veil and sew them in place by repeating the previous steps.

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