5 FREE Brick Stitch Beading Patterns You Have to Try
I’ve said it many times before—I love playing with seed beads using brick stitch! I think brick stitch beading was the first seed bead pattern I mastered—before peyote, that’s right. It is just so … versatile! And because I’m big on fooling around, fiddling with and otherwise doing the “what if I try this approach to my new designs, I can get gaga over brick stitch.
5 Reasons to Love Brick Stitch:
- Beading with brick stitch makes firm shapes.
Brick stitch makes a nice, firm fabric of beadwork, so shapes retain their form. In Nancy Zellers’ Deco Deluxe bracelet, the brick stitched components stay stiff, which makes the design succeed. If the shapes were floppy, this bracelet would not be nearly as dynamic because you would not see the architectural shapes.
- It’s easy to follow brick stitch patterns.
Brick stitched flat beadwork works in horizontal rows. Circular brick works in concentric rows (or rounds). The regularity of the rows makes it easier to keep track of patterns, row by row. You see how this works in the astrological symbols you create for my dog tag pendants in What’s Your Sign?
- Brick stitch adapts to different sizes of beads.
In circular brick stitch the concentric rows allow you to explore using different sizes and shapes of beads. In Tina Koyama’s striking Crystal Radiance Brooch, a central crystal is the hub for expanding rounds of brick stitch, changing out the size, color and shapes of beads from seed beads to cubes. Ultimately she finishes the design with a picot edge of crystals and seed beads.
- Brick stitch can be curled into a tube.
Even though brick stitch makes a stiffer piece of beadwork, it will roll naturally into a cylinder. Round About, a bangle project by Dottie Hoeschen, is a perfect beginner brick stitch project. The seed beading part is a simple strip of beadwork you zip together into a tube, then add a few favorite focal beads with a basic wire-wrapped loop technique. You’ll want to make more than one of these.
- Brick stitch combines easily with other stitches.
One look at Kerrie Slade’s Periwinkle Choker and you can see how gracefully brick stitch combines with other seed bead stitching techniques. In this lovely design square stitch and netting are incorporated to bring together components using two types of brick stitch.
Discover five new brick stitch patterns in this free craft tutorial. Beading with this stitch is an essential skill to the bead lover. Download this free lesson and receive five free patterns from expert beaders. Learn ways to create flat beautiful designs in your beading projects. It’s flexible enough that it easily bends into tubes, cuffs and rings to make all your beading designs come to life.
This free eBook contains easy-to-follow beading instructions that will guide you through the process of making these stunning beading designs! Download your free eBook today! Use these seed bead patterns to make handmade beaded jewelry that you’ll wear every day. You will love the sturdy designs that hold up to everyday wear. The clean lines create eye-catching jewelry that you’re sure to get compliments on. Don’t wait to get started making these free brick stitch beading patterns that you’re sure to love! These beading patterns are perfect seed bead projects to use the beads you already have in your stash.
Brick stitch beading patterns you’ll find inside:
Beginner Brick Stitch Necklace
This is an excellent project for a beginning beader learning brick stitch. Cube beads stack up neatly and have large holes that allow for multiple thread passes. It’s a portable project—you can take some beads with you and whip together the individual diamonds that you can then assemble later at home. You should be able to make six diamonds in an hour once you have the basics of brick stitch down. Plus, if you like to bead on the go, you don’t have to lug the whole project with you: you can work on one section at a time with this DIY necklace.
Circular Brick Stitch Bracelet Project
This bracelet is a great introduction to both circular brick stitch and free-form brick stitch—and a fabulous way to showcase a large bicone-shaped bead. The brick-stitch work around the focal bead was inspired by Diane Fitzgerald’s paisley motif in her book Beading with Brick Stitch.
Aztec Sunbursts Brick Stitch Earrings
A perfect balance of matte and shiny copper-hued cubes, triangles, and three different sizes of seed beads are joined using several stitches, resulting in a pair of earrings striking enough for an Aztec queen.
How to Make a Cuff Bracelet
This brick-stitched bracelet design was inspired by the oval braided rugs Rachel remembers in the home of a childhood friend. Personalize yours by varying the ruffle pattern and adding a special button.
How to Make a Choker Necklace
This beaded necklace pattern cleverly combines two types of stitch to form perfectly shaped flowers. Attach them from petal to petal for a pretty choker-style necklace. This adaptation of modern beading projects incorporates ladder stitch and beaded netting, too. Have fun with these patterns and make this beautiful necklace a great addition to your wardrobe!
This free tutorial on brick stitch patterns will guide you through beading instructions every step of making these original beading patterns. Our expert beading designers compiled the best beading patterns with easy-to-read instructions and detailed diagrams to guarantee you’ll love making these brick stitch projects.
Are you ready to try beading with brick stitch? All five of these projects are yours when you download the latest FREE eBook. We give you step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions PLUS bonus stitch lessons for some of the other stitches used in these projects. It’s free, so download it now. Why not? Start having fun with these fabulous brick stitch patterns today! And be sure to tell your friends how to get their free brick stitch eBook, too!