The Art of Handmade Beaded Lace

The Art of Handmade Beaded Lace

Things You Should Know When Sourcing & Using Handmade Beaded Lace and Tulle

Haute couture fashion is defined by unique textiles used to create eye-catching looks. It is no secret that the most exclusive and sophisticated textiles are made by hand, as there is nothing better than a personal touch.

Handmade beaded lace is the most delicate and refined type of fabric, and the process of making it is akin to creating any piece of art.

When the idea forms in the textile designer's mind, it first becomes a drawing sketch. Then the process of finding the perfect materials combination, such as beads, crystal stones, pearls, sequins, fringes, or flowers, begins. Choosing colors that create harmony is, of course, one of the most important aspects of this process.

Once the idea is well expressed, it's time to produce the perfect swatch. This is when the fabric can finally be produced. As the production of the fabric is entirely done by hand, the work is much more delicate and time-consuming than any other type of couture fabric.

Despite the lengthy process of making beaded lace, this type of fabric is one of the most commonly used in the haute couture world, as it can elevate even the simplest dress. The most famous fashion and haute couture houses use beaded laces to create exclusive designs that will stand out. They are well aware that every woman dreams of her shiny evening gown that will look on her as a luxury jewel.

How To Look After Beaded Laces

As a luxury fabric, it should be treated like any expensive item you own—gently. The right way to clean this type of fabric is by dry-cleaning. In some cases, it could be okay to wash it by hand, but make sure to treat the garment gently and avoid agitation. You can fill a bathtub or a large sink with cold water and use a small amount of mild soap. Handwashing is not suitable for any kind of beaded laces/fabrics, so always test with a small swatch and/or consult the producer regarding your case.

Tips for Making a Garment with Beaded Lace

Sewing with beaded lace will require more delicate work, but, of course, it will be worth it as you will create a luxury garment that will stand out! Before starting a project, it is important to figure out how you will sew the beaded lace.

One way is sewing by machine; for that, you have to remove first the beads or any hard materials from your seam allowances before you can stitch your fabric pieces together using a sewing machine. You want to have a clean seam area along each edge. This will provide a professional finish in the final garment and be gentle on your sewing machine.

Removing the materials along the seam allowances can be done by hand, or another way is to use a hammer to gently break the beads along with the seam allowances. This way will allow you to sew it by machine; however, you should still be careful and work slowly to ensure that your needle will not break.

Please avoid sewing directly on top of the materials/beads to prevent the final seam from being bulky and not laying flat, causing discomfort to the wearer. Also, you want to prevent your machine needle from breaking.

Another approach for sewing beaded lace/tulle is to sew all the parts together by hand. Although it will be more time-consuming, slip-stitching the seam allowance down will provide smooth, flat seams and a more comfortable, long-lasting fit.

Important tip: While you can iron beaded lace (using proper techniques), it is not recommended to iron it multiple times. Therefore, a great tip is to use a slip stitch to keep the seam allowance layers flat and pointing in the desired direction (instead of ironing them). While it can be time-consuming, slip-stitching the seam allowance down will provide smooth, flat seams and a more comfortable, long-lasting fit.



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