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Beading can be used to add depth or sparkle to a garment and can be subtle or dramatic, depending on which beads are used.

I will always do samples to show you the effects different kinds  of beads will have on your fabric. Creamy coloured pearls on ivory silk, can make a wedding dress look antique, whereas sparkly diamonds and crystals will give a modern glitzy look.


Tambour beading is a form of hand beading that I do on a whole piece of fabric, on an embroidery frame, before the garment is cut out. It is a faster method of beading but only suitable if large areas of the garment are to be beaded. I hand bead directly onto a made up garment if  I need to see exactly where the beads need to go, for example on an asymmetrical design or on certain areas of the garment (bodice, train of a wedding dress etc.)


Embroidery can be very subtle on a dress if it is in the same colour. However, in a contrasting colour it can be quite dramatic, like the green ivy leaves on this riding style jacket (picture 3.)

The kind of thread used can make a difference to a fabric, whether a fine silk thread or a metallic shiny thread. A fine silk thread on a velvet pile fabric wouldn’t show up, whereas on a fine silk fabric it would look delicate and subtle. Also different stitches can be used to give texture or decorative pattern.

The positioning of the embroidery on the garment is an important factor, whether the whole of a  bodice is to be embroidered or just down the centre panel or around a neckline.

The Bride and Groom’s initials embroidered onto a wedding dress train, can give a subtle, personal touch.


Beading or embroidery can be used to enhance a fabric, personalise a design or add pattern and texture... The creative possibilities are endless…