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Unread 01-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Finishing an edge with beads?

So I have a Princess Yue cosplay that I am trying to finish, and the top edge of the bodice of the dress is rough (reference: http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ps1b8876ff.jpg. I'm on the left)

One thing I have considered doing is beading the top edge with a mixture of blue beads to finish it. I've searched online but I've mostly found guides on how to put beads in dresses of the prom-dress type, when the beads are scattered, but I haven't found any sort of tutorials on making a beaded edge. Does anyone have any suggestions for this? (Also, is it a bad idea?)

If this works out I'm considering doing the same for the edge of the sleeves (not in that picture).
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Unread 01-10-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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id prob use an edging that has beads already attached. but it depends on where u want the beads. are they hanging down onto the dress or just in a singular line around the top hem
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Unread 01-10-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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I want them along the top edge of the dress (link in the original post). But assuming that I don't already have edging with beads on it is it feasible to, say, thread the beads and then sew the strand to the top edge?
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Unread 01-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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The technique you are looking for is called couching (no, you don't have to sit on a couch to do it, but you can if you want). It's traditionally done with yarn, but the technique can be applied to any other pretty thing you want on the surface.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A603a7jKEcw
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Unread 01-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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Thanks, that's the kind of thing I was looking for. I'll give that stitch a try on a sample piece of fabric and see if it works.
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