step 2 we created the blusher section of your veil.
Today we're going to apply beading to your veil, as well as
trim or other decoration. This is an optional step. Some
brides prefer a plain veil, with raw edges and nothing to
detract from the wedding gown.
If you are still in need of beading or other embellishments:
The supplies you will need are:
- Glue. I like
Aleene's Fabric Fusion because it's clear and it
holds very tightly.
- Toothpicks or straight pins to apply glue
- Non-porous work surface such as a glass cutting
board. The reason for a nonporous surface is: (a) so the
glue doesn't get down into your work area and stick part
of it to your veil and (b) once the glue is set enough
to move, you'll want to gently move the edged veil
sections so they do not become bonded to the surface you
are gluing on. When you are working on a nonporous
surface, it's a lot easier to do that.
- Partially finished veil from
Steps 1 and
2. If it is still clipped into a pseudo-gather,
unclip and smooth out the material.
You may be
wondering why we are gluing on embellishments now
instead of finishing the gathers first. It is so you do
not get messy with the glue and ruin your fabric. Also,
you can better lay out a design, if you care to do so,
on a flat veil.
- Keep a damp cloth handy, just in case.
- Embellishments, beading, crystals, and/or trim. The
example in the video already has a seed pearl and floral
trim applied. If you need more inspiration, take a look
beading and trim example video, which shows very
different details from seven veils.
Your Blusher's Appearance
One thing to consider when putting on your edging is how
your blusher will look. Remember, your new husband will fold
it back when it is time to "kiss the bride," which means one
side of the blusher will show as you walk down the aisle and
for most of the ceremony; but the other side will show for
the remainder of the day.
To avoid guests getting a look at an unsightly underside,
you will either (a) have no embellishments or trim on your
blusher or (b) put them on both sides.
In the video, I put no décor on the blusher, so there is
nothing to distract guests from the bride's face.
Gluing the Trim
When you are ready to glue the trim onto your veil, first
find the pencil mark you made when creating the blusher.
This is where your blusher ends and the veil itself begins.
- Place the material on top of your nonporous work
surface and smooth it.
- If necessary, use your weights to anchor the tulle.
- Straight pin the edging to the beginning of the veil
section of your tulle.
- Squeeze some of the glue onto an unused corner of
your work area.
- Use a toothpick or pin to carefully put a little
glue along the underside of the trim and place along the
edge of your veil.
- Let the glue set enough so you will not ruin the
trim when you move it, then carefully detach and rotate
the next section onto your work surface.
Keep doing this until you've gotten all the way around
If you want to apply embellishments to the
surface area of your veil, experiment first with different
patterns, to discover what you like best. There are
different approaches you can take. For example:
- Randomly scatter crystals, beads, or pearls and glue
them where they fall.
- Create a pattern that is denser at top and less
dense at bottom.
- Begin with large pearls near the bottom of the veil
and progressively smaller ones as you move upward.
For more ideas, look at the
examples of beading and trim to get your creative juices
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4: Creating the Gathers.