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Re: Beading a dress
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Jan 19, 2014 16:38:32   #
kateybee
 
Hi everybody. I know this is a knitting forum but I also know that a lot of ladies, myself included, are also keen needleworkers. I need some help beading a dress. I hope I will be able to attach a photo of the dress I am making in pale turquoise satin and which I would like to bead across the neckline. As can be seen, it is a fairly standard shaped evening gown (my husband and I are keen ballroom dancers so I need to have several such gowns) and I would like to attach the beads to the top i.e. neckline of the dress but have never undertaken such a task. I know there are U-tube videos for this task but I wondered if any of our ladies could pass on their tried and tested methods for beading. I hope to be able to apply oval dark turquoise crystal beads separated by a clear swarovski bead. Many thanks for all and any help.


 
Jan 19, 2014 16:43:28   #
Kawall99
 
I always use the iron on ones press on with a damp cloth easy no mess
Jan 19, 2014 16:46:04   #
kateybee
 
Thanks but I can't do that as these are ones that have to be strung on a beading wire and then attached to the material.
Jan 19, 2014 16:49:18   #
frannie di
 
I would bring my needle up through the fabric from the underside slide the bead on the needle down to the fabric and go back down on the opposite side of the bead. The would do this twice of make sure the bead is secure and continue with each bead. After the first couple of beads my along have to secure going through the bead once. This will be a long and tedious job but is very doable.
Jan 19, 2014 16:52:45   #
Judy in oz
 
kateybee wrote:
Hi everybody. I know this is a knitting forum but I also know that a lot of ladies, myself included, are also keen needleworkers. I need some help beading a dress. I hope I will be able to attach a photo of the dress I am making in pale turquoise satin and which I would like to bead across the neckline. As can be seen, it is a fairly standard shaped evening gown (my husband and I are keen ballroom dancers so I need to have several such gowns) and I would like to attach the beads to the top i.e. neckline of the dress but have never undertaken such a task. I know there are U-tube videos for this task but I wondered if any of our ladies could pass on their tried and tested methods for beading. I hope to be able to apply oval dark turquoise crystal beads separated by a clear swarovski bead. Many thanks for all and any help.
Hi everybody. I know this is a knitting forum but... (show quote)

Kateybee...Go to a good fabric shop. They will have "lovely" beaded trim by the yard. It can be a bit expensive, but will take you less time.Just sew it by hand on to you dress....also take a look at the Swarovski beads you put on with a "Decorative Touch Wand" It is a hot fix wand. Nancy'y Notions has the kit. You buy Crystals..Pearls..Nail Heads..RhineStuds etc. Check out all, and see how easy and faster it will be. Judy
Jan 19, 2014 16:53:05   #
kateybee
 
Thanks for the advice but if I secure the beads in your suggested way, would that tend to make the bodice of the dress quite stiff and perhaps might even pucker up between the beads? I'm sorry if that sounds critical but I know that if I start to sew the beads on and the have to take them off again for any reason, there will be holes left in the material and then the dress will be ruined.
 
Jan 19, 2014 16:56:06   #
imaknuttyknitter
 
I'm sorry I can't help you but it sure is going to look stunning!! :) Please post pictures when finished!!
Jan 19, 2014 16:56:45   #
kateybee
 
Thank you for your advice. I bought the beads from Jo-ann's when my husband and I were in Florida so I'm hoping they are good quality. The turquoise ones have holes at either end of the oval shaping and the swarovski ones have a hole through the middle. I did look at beaded trims first but didn't see anything that I particularly liked. If you look at the pattern again, the design I chose was the dark blue style (but I used the turquoise satin).
Jan 19, 2014 17:01:03   #
kateybee
 
My replies have got muddled up. the reply about sewing the beads on belongs to the first respondent and the one about beaded trim belongs to the second respondent. Sorry about the muddle up.
Jan 19, 2014 18:05:10   #
Rena67
 
Hi better to string them with the nylon beading thread not wire then when you have strung them you will still have to sew them catching the nylon beading thread between each bead.
Either way you will have stitching marks if you take them off. I have made wedding dresses that need beads attached and although it does take a while it finishes the dress off.
Just take your time when your hand stitching over the thread I tend to use Gutterman threads as they are stronger when am tacking on the beads.
Good luck
Jan 19, 2014 19:20:00   #
Judy in oz
 
kateybee wrote:
Thanks for the advice but if I secure the beads in your suggested way, would that tend to make the bodice of the dress quite stiff and perhaps might even pucker up between the beads? I'm sorry if that sounds critical but I know that if I start to sew the beads on and the have to take them off again for any reason, there will be holes left in the material and then the dress will be ruined.

I have used both methods. If you buy the beads by the yard, make sure the backing is not stiff...The touch wand method lets you place the beads so it does not get stiff .
I would do a bit of each on a scrap of material and get the feel of it. If you want to do this by hand...go toe library and you can take home books on beading. Make sure you use the proper needle and thread. Good luck!
 
Jan 20, 2014 07:20:02   #
taborhills (a regular here)
 
frannie di wrote:
I would bring my needle up through the fabric from the underside slide the bead on the needle down to the fabric and go back down on the opposite side of the bead. The would do this twice of make sure the bead is secure and continue with each bead. After the first couple of beads my along have to secure going through the bead once. This will be a long and tedious job but is very doable.


Use a very fine needle. And a thimble. For each bead that is any distance apart, do not drag the yarn, no, thread, across the back but end it as you would a button. In fact, think of this project as sewing a series of buttons across the front. The concept is stunning. Good luck.
Jan 20, 2014 09:27:10   #
sdftrace (a regular here)
 
Agree with the comments already made.
Others have already mentioned trying out on a piece of fabric first - try a size 9 needle and definitely Guttermann thread.
I have tried both the "by the yard" beads and individual ones.
It takes time to get both onto the fabric, but once you get going it will be easier as you progress.
If it helps ...
I beaded a scarf I had dyed and wanted to bead round some of the design I had made; it wasn't easy and in retrospect I should have placed the individual beads closer together.

I did discover that some beads were easier to thread than others, also a tip I was given was place a few beads at a time on an old saucer as (a) you can see them easily (b) you can "catch" every individual bead and (c) only a few to fall on the floor at once!!!

Please do let us know how it goes. Just a thought ... is it possible to place all your beads on your set piece of fabric and then attach to the dress and avoid any on the dress difficulties.
Jan 20, 2014 10:08:01   #
poverbaugh
 
I have done beading on dresses just like you want. I lay the beads out the way I want them to look. I take a very thin, short needle and sew them to the top of the dress, one bead at a time in a running stitch method. But, first I sew the lining to the top of the front and then put my beads on just through the front. When you turn the lining, none of the stitches show. If they are heavy beads and the fabric light, after you stitch the lining to the front, pick up the seam allowance when you put the beads on and it will give it more stability. And, by using a very fine needle, if you decide to change or remove the beads, the holes are so small that just pressing them will close up the hole and you would never know any were there. Good luck.
Jan 20, 2014 10:37:59   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
You can get beaded trim in the fabric stores.....
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