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Beading with Brick Stitch

Brick stitch looks very much like peyote, only turned sideways. The way it is stitched, however, is quite different. Brick Stitch is a handy stitch to know because it is somewhat stiffer than peyote, making it a good choice for earrings and small pins. it also handles irregular shapes somewhat better than peyote. So here's a basic tutorial in Brick Stitch... have fun and Happy Beading!
~Carolyn

Easy patterns to try:
Noel earrings
Tequila Sunrise earrings, pendant, or keyring


Basic Brick Stitch

Step 1: Create a bead ladder
First, you need to create a base row for your beadwork. To do this, you create a bead "ladder". String on two beads, pull the thread into a circle so the beads sit side-by-side, and tie a knot, leaving about a 4" tail that you can weave in later when your piece is finished.
Go back up through the first bead and down through the second. Add another bead to your thread, go back down through the second bead, and back up through the new bead again. Add another bead, go through the bead before, and then back through the new bead again. Keep repeating this process until you have added the total number of beads you need for your first row of beadwork.
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Step 2: Adding a new row.
When you finish a row, make sure you are coming out of the top of the last bead. (If you're coming out the bottom, you can simply turn your ladder over so that the thread is coming out of the top.)
Add two beads and take your thread underneath of the thread joining the second and third beads in from the end of your row and up through the second new bead. Then go back down through the first new bead and up through the second again. (Looping around through the two new beads like this will pull them snugly next to each other and seat them nicely straight on top of your first row.)
Thread on one more new bead and go under the thread joining the top of the next two beads in your first row. Come back up through the new bead. Continue adding beads this way until you come to the end of your row.
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Notice that, with brick stitch the beads are offset from one row to the next, and that each row decreases naturally. In order to increase, you have to bead the ends of your row somewhat differently. Here's how:

Increasing at the beginning of a row

String on two beads as normal, but instead of going under the thread between the second and third beads in the underlying row, go under the thread between the first and second beads. Continue with the rest of the row as normal.
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Increasing at the end of a row

After you finish the last normal bead in the row, string on another bead and go under the thread between the last two beads in the prior row again.
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Tip: Since it is easier to decrease than to increase, start beading your pattern using its longest row as its base "ladder" row. Bead from that row to the end of the pattern. Then flip it vertically. Using the center row as the base row again, bead from that row to the end.

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