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How To Do Brick Stitch

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Brick Stitch, which looks very similar to Peyote Stitch, is very different in construction, lends itself well to increases and decreases, and leaves no thread showing along the edge.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varies 45 minutes to learn the stitch

Here's How:

  1. Start by threading a #12 beading needle with about 2 yards of prepared thread, Nymo or Sylamide are good choices.
  2. Place 2 beads on your thread. Go back through both of these beads, in the same direction, making a loop and pulling the beads together side by side.
  3. Add the 3rd bead and pass through the 2nd bead again, from top to bottom.
  4. Bring the thread back up through the 3rd bead, from bottom to top.
  5. Add the 4th bead, passing through from top to bottom, then passing through the 3rd bead from bottom to top.
  6. Continue in this pattern, alternating direction (top to bottom, bottom to top) on every other bead.
  7. When all beads are added for the first row, go back and zig zag stitch through the row, to tighten the base row and make it secure.
  8. Begin the second row by adding 2 beads, and passing under the thread that connects the 2nd and 3rd beads on the base row.
  9. Pass the thread up through the 2nd bead and down through the 1st bead, and then up through the 2nd bead again.
  10. For the rest of the row, and all remaining rows, pick up one bead at a time, passing the needle through the loop on the row below, moving back to front, and then back through the bead just added.
  11. When all the rows in your graph or pattern are complete, weave any remaining threads back into the finished item.
  12. Add findings or embellishments as needed!

Tips:

  1. Remember that a Peyote stitch pattern can be turned into a brick stitch pattern, just by turning it on its side.
  2. Keep thread tension tight when stitiching beads to the row below so that the work does not loosen up.
  3. Rows can be decreased easily, just by moving in by one bead when starting the next row, and ending one bead short of the row. This can be used to make a triangular piece, as for earrings.

What You Need:

  • Nymo D thread
  • #12 Beading Needle
  • Size 11/0 Seed Beads
  • Brick Stitch pattern

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