Square Stitch, also know as faux loom stitch, is a very easy, versatile stitch, used extensively in beadwork for many applications.
Time Required: Varies 30 minutes to learn the stitch
- Begin by threading a #12 beading needle with about 1 yard of prepared thread, Nymo or Sylamide are recommended.
- Place the first bead onto your thread. Pass the needle back through the bead, making a loop around it.
- Add your next bead, and pass your needle back through the first bead strung and the bead you just placed. Your thread will be exiting the second bead placed.
- Add another bead and pass back through the last bead you added, then through the bead just added. Continue in this manner until you reach the end of the first row.
- When you reach the end of your first row, turn the work over and add the first bead for your second row.
- Pass the thread through the last bead of the row you just completed (the row underneath) moving right to left. Then pass through the bead you just added, moving the thread left to right. Continue in this manner until all rows have been added.
- Upon completion of all the rows in your chart, weave any loose ends back into the finished piece.
- Add any findings or embellishments to your fininshed piece.
- Keep in mind that you are making a series of loops with your thread; this will help you track the stitch pattern.
- Keep a moderate to tight tension on your thread with this stitch for added stability.
- Use this stitch anywhere you would use loomwork, and use it with loom graphs.
What You Need:
- Size 11/0 Seed Beads
- #12 Beading Needle
- Nymo "D" Thread
- Pattern for Square Stitch