February 25, 2008

Embellishing a veil with chenille

Filed under: millinery techniques and cheats — Cristina de Prada @ 11:14 pm

Chenille used for making veil

Today I’ve been helping my friend Nina in her workroom. I’ve been cutting feathers, sewing a sweatband, but my favorite bit has been adding colorful “dots” to a veil.

I had no idea it was so simple. You just have to cut 1.5 centimeter lengths of wired chenille, insert them in the desired hole and fold over right and left. The result is great! For this veil (that Nina will use in a hat for a theater play) I randomly positioned the dots, and the veil will later be gathered in a bunch at the side of the hat.

Here are some pictures:

1.5 cm lengths of chenille wire Detail of the chenille veil dots General view of dotted veil The veil gathered up

 Nina has given me a bunch of chenille of different colors (no red left unfortunately) so that I can try this at home!!!

Searching for a supplier of wired chenille online I have found this supplier from down under: http://www.torbandreiner.com/hat_making_veiling.htm but I don’t know if they ship overseas. I suspect that the chenille stems and pipe cleaners sold in the US don’t have the finish required for this job, but correct me if I’m wrong (the chenille from Nina’s has a very silky touch).

Are you going to give this a try?


  1. I’ve actually done this! It is a great way to get the dots just where you want them.
    I love the vintage veiling that glue tiny pom poms, bits of felt with a rhinestone, a tiny silk rose, feather…

    Sigh. Why did veils have to *mostly* go out of style, or at least to a degree that wearing one on the street causes children to become fearful? I wore a veiled pillbox to church on Easter a couple of years ago, and the STARES were amazing.
    I would have gotten less alarmed attention if I had worn jeans and had a whale tail thong hanging out!

    PS: Be sure to drop by my place and see my newest creation too. It’s good we’re gearing up for hat making! And the runways are flooded with hats and FEATHERS and yes, even small veils!

    Comment by Jill — February 26, 2008 @ 2:08 am

  2. I’m definitely going to have a go if I can find some wired chenille. The veil loks fab. I have used beads and sequins on veils before and I have a great designer hat that has similar cream coloured pom poms all over it. I have been meaning to try it for ages, your blog is very inspiring! Cath

    Comment by Cath — February 26, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  3. How cool! I had no idea you could do it this way. I assumed you had to glue the dots onto the veil. 🙂

    Comment by Min — February 27, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

  4. Just was doing a quick search on whatever you might have written about veiling and found this tidbit on chenille dots. There is so much fantastic millinery information on your site == it is a true treasure! Your new autumn hats are wonderful – love how you have put them together as a slideshow. And your hat box (tin) is beyond super. It is all very inspiring, as always. Sincere thanks.

    Comment by Juliane — September 14, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  5. Ihank you, Juliane!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — September 15, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  6. Hi there,
    I just listed some vintage wired chenille and was looking for an example to show people how it is used. May I link to your blog and use one of your photos? You show how easy it is to use this cool trim.
    Thank you so much for considering it.
    Vintage Necessities

    Comment by Vintage Necessities — February 5, 2013 @ 5:53 am

  7. Hi,
    You can link and use a picture as long as you indicate clearly its origin.
    Please share with us a link.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — February 5, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

  8. Cristina-

    Thank you so very much for letting me use your examples! Here is a link to the listing. If there is anything I need to change, please let me know:


    Kind Regards and Happy Blocking!
    Vintage Necessities

    Comment by Vintage Necessities — February 7, 2013 @ 10:01 am

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