Every Beader Should Know Brick Stitch!
Brick stitch beading was the very first off-loom bead-weaving stitch that I taught myself how to do, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. While it’s not as “glamorous” as peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, or right-angle weave, brick stitch definitely has its place in the tool box of any serious beader. Sturdy yet flexible, brick stitch can be used to create beautiful shapes in seed beads, and it combines well with so many other beading stitches! If you’ve ever done bead embroidery, you know how important it is to understand how to use brick stitch to create an edging on your bead embroidered pieces.
Even if you’ve never worked in brick stitch before, these five free brick stitch beading projects will teach you all you need to know to get started.
- Learn how to “work the angles” in brick stitch when you work up Sally Morgan’s Cubed Diamonds beading project. Cube beads are ideal for brick stitch, as the thread path can be used to secure larger beads into sturdy shapes.
- For some great free form brick stitch, try Tina Koyama’s Jungle Gems bracelet. Mix up textures and colors of your favorite seed beads to compliment your favorite art glass focal bead while you learn how to work with this versatile brick stitch variation.
- Play with shaping brick stitch when you make Nancy Rocknich’s Aztec Sunburst earrings. These easy-to-make earrings are created with a range of seed bead sizes – the perfect way to use up leftover bits from other beading projects.
- Brick stitch can also be used to create a lovely, undulating texture when you work with increases like in Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Retro Ruffles Cuff. The softly flowing beadwork is highlighted by the changing colors from row to row, making this beaded bracelet a good project for experimenting with color palettes.
- Finally, learn more about using shaped brick stitch and combining brick stitch with other beading stitches to create a pretty, delicate beaded necklace with Kerrie Slade’s Periwinkle Choker. Attaching these pretty beaded flowers from petal to petal results in a stunning beaded necklace you’ll want to wear everywhere!
Best of all, once you learn the basics of brick stitch, you’ll find that you can use this versatile beading stitch to create all kinds of wonderful beaded jewelry. From beaded bezels to rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you’ll find ideas for using brick stitch in your beaded jewelry projects everywhere you go!