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How to Hand Bead a Swarovski Austrian Crystal Bridal Veil

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Now take the tip of the needle and in a horizontal direction catch one strand of tulle right in the corner of a diamond so that you are intersecting where the tulle creates an X. This is crucial, you need to catch the strands where they cross and meet. If you sew the crystal to a single strand it will stretch and hang funny as the single strand cannot support the weight of the bead. Let me know if you can't see it in the picture and I'll post another close up.

Now that the needle is through the tulle, drop a single crystal or bead onto the needle and let it fall down to the tulle. Find the cut long end of the thread and giving yourself about 2 to 3 inches, tie a knot. Make sure that you are tying the knot snugly, but not too tight. You're going to need to be able to shimmy the knot down towards the hole in the bead to conceal it.

See the double knot?

Now take both loose ends of the thread and slide the knot up towards the hole in the bead. Take the short end of the thread (without the needle) and pull it back through the hole in the bead first.

Now slide the needle back through the hole too so that both ends of the thread are coming out the opposite end of the bead through the hole.

Knot is Enlarged for Clarity

With two hands, and while on the same side of the hole as the knot, gently grasp the loose ends of the thread together in one hand and gently pull them which will cause the knot to shimmy along allowing you to ease the knot towards the hole running through the bead.

When it gets to the edge of the hole, use the ends of the thread coming out of the oppposite side of the bead like in the photo above and give the two loose ends a gentle tug so that the knot pops into the center of the bead and is hidden from view. You only want the knot to go halfway into the bead so don't pull too hard.

Tip: Also don't pull too hard doing this as it can strech out the tulle and the sharp edge on the hole of the bead can cut the thread. It takes a very gentle touch.

Now use a small pair of craft or manicure scissors (manicure scissors are best) to trim the loose ends of thread away. Make sure the knot is not too close to the end you are trimming or the knot may release and the bead will fall off.

Voila! You have just hand sewn a crystal bead to a piece of tulle! Notice how clean it looks with no visible knot or cut ends of thread. Below are tips and tricks that may help you complete your hand beaded veil project.

Removing a Bead

If you need to remove a bead because you weren't able to tie it on properly (too loose or too tight or don't care for where you positioned it) the best method that worked for me was to use the tip of an x-acto knife blade and very carefully slide it between the bead and the thread, facing upwards and as close to the hole of the bead, not the tulle as possible so that you don't cut the tulle by accident. It's imperative to hold the bead and tulle in place and only slice through the thread. If you allow any tension to develop it will stretch the tulle and will leave a visible mark to the tulle once the bead is removed.

Beading Pattern Good

As far as where to sew the beads onto your veil, it works best to randomly scatter the beads around like the sample above. It will look prettier than if you measure their placement exactly.

Beading Pattern • Bad

If you use equal spacing the finished beading will appear as if it is in rows. Like above ↑

Beading a Blusher

If you are beading a blusher make sure you don't place the beads across the face. It's better to bead the second layer and keep the blusher free of beads as this will look odd in photos, especially if a bead is place directly over an eye or near the nose or mouth.

Beading Options for Floor Length Veils

Beads are spaced approximately 6" to 7" apart.

Beading on Floor
Beading from Waist
Beaded from Top
Floor only
From Waist Down
Top to Bottom


When Not to Bead

There are two instances when beading a veil may not really be worth the effort. They are:

When the wedding is during the daytime and outdoors.
The crystals will be visible but will not "sparkle." Crystals need there to be low light and a light source to sparkle. When there is too much bright light hitting the crystal from all sides, you won't see it twinkle the same as you would at night time or in a darkened room.

Also, when your bridal gown is heavily beaded.
The beading on your gown will sparkle and show through a single layer of tulle so if you are using a single layered short veil or floor length veil, and your gown is already heavily beaded, adding more beads to the veil won't enhance your gown and may even detract from it if the spacing and placement of your beads somehow conflicts with the design already incorporated into your gown.

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Wendy Paulson • 2015-02-21 21:29:30
I would love to understand what you are trying to say. I do not understand about the double knot, nor do I understand about the knot sliding toward the bead. This seems to be the best way to bead but I just don't get it. Do you have a video? Can you explain things in a different way? Please help, I have tried this using bigger beads, and thread for practice, but it still does not work....Help!

The Flirty Guide • 2015-02-21 21:49:38
HI Wendy,

You tie a knot. Then immediately tie the threads again the exact same way a second time. This makes two knots one layered on top of the other.

The sliding the knot towards the bead refers to sliding the double knots up to the edge of the hole of the bead so that you can then run the two cut ends through the hole and gently pull the knots into the center of the bead to hide them before trimming the ends of the threads.

Wendy Paulson • 2015-03-05 12:47:41
To be more specific this is the part I find the most confusing "Now double knot the thread directly to the head of the needle making sure to tie one knot and the second knot directly over the first one, not to the needle itself" The way that I read it I can tie a double knot directly to the head of the needle but not to the needle. Thanks

The Flirty Guide • 2015-03-05 13:53:51
Hi Wendy,

Run the thread through the eye of the needle and tie it, knotting it, to the needle. At this point do not run either cut end of the thread back through the eye of the needle. Tie another knot. This way the second knot is tied directly above the first knot to create two knots.

Wendy Paulson • 2015-03-05 14:47:25
Thanks, that I do understand. The chemo really has effected my brain a lot more than I would care to understand. The second thing that is confusing is when the needle is to be pulled thru the bead, I still find I have the knot hung up in the tulle and is not long enough to be pulled thru. Thanks again. I appreciate your help. I am trying to bead a veil for my daughter's wedding.

The Flirty Guide • 2015-03-05 15:45:35
Hi Wendy,

See the caption "See the double knot?" the pictures above and below show the knots have to be tied alongside the bead, not on the back side of the tulle and not to the tulle itself. If the knots are placed beside one of the bead openings it's then fairly simple to slip both cut ends of the the thread through the bead hole and "pop" the knot inside the bead and trim off the thread ends.

Wendy Paulson • 2015-03-06 10:53:26
Hi it is me again. I know I am so close to understanding this thanks to your outstanding patience!. When the double knotted needle is put thru the tulle, where is the knot? Is it still in the tulle? (in which case I can not use the needle to move the thread thru the bead. Is the double knot that is moving the one that I started with the needle? or is it the double knot that I tied near the bead?

The Flirty Guide • 2015-03-06 11:25:45
Hi Wendy,

There are two different sets of double knots.

1. The first is the set tied directly to the eye of the needle to keep the thread on the needle.

2. The second is the set attaching the bead to the tulle. But you have to be sure to pull the thread through the tulle before tying the knot so as not to tie the knot to the tulle itself. If done properly both knots are tied directly alongside the hole of the bead (as pictured). That allows to easily guide them into the hole to conceal the double knot.

Wendy Paulson • 2015-03-06 11:38:29
Thanks so much for all your help! I think I finally understand the whole thing. You are very patient and kind to help me thru this!

The Flirty Guide • 2015-03-06 11:43:00
I'm happy I can help! I will have to make time and make a video as I'm certain it would help to clear things up immensely. I will be removing the tutorials here on this site but will repost the most popular on my blog so they can still help others in the future.

Karl • 2015-03-08 09:15:19
Hi, do you know where I can purchase tulle with the crystals already on it?

The Flirty Guide • 2015-03-08 11:27:07
Hi Karl,

Sorry but no, I've never seen tulle sold that way.


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