How to master a Brick Stitch

Being a beginner in any field can be a daunting process. Starting with a brick stitch can provide a significant boost if you’re new to the world of stitching as it is relatively easy to learn. Visually the beads are stacked in a way that could remind you of a peyote stitch. In fact, most of the peyote stitches can be easily accomplished using the brick stitch if you turn your pattern sideways. When you perform the brick stitch, each row of beads is set in such a way that they are one and a half bead away from the bead in the row before it. When you look at the pattern, it could remind you of an exposed wall with bricks set at precisely the right distance from one another to form a symmetric pattern.

Brick stitch is considered an extremely flexible stitch which can be adapted according to the pattern you’re working on. It can be easily used to accomplish a flat strip of beadwork or to make a circular pattern with a bead at its centre. You can easily add or remove the number of beads in the pattern of a brick row stitch to create various shapes such as a diamond shape.

How to begin brick stitching

You should take a sufficient length of thread when you begin a brick stitch. It should not be longer than 5 feet, though. When you’re getting the grasp of it in the beginning, you might want to use a stead number of beads of the same size like Miyuki or Toho cylinder beads. It is also preferable to use beads of a larger size to make it easier to understand how it is done. Sizes 6/0 or 8/0 are advisable as you can see the path on which your thread moves exceptionally clearly.

A row of ladder stitches should be used to create a brick stitch

You can make a row consisting of 10 beads utilizing a ladder stitch. If your ladder stitch seems like it might come apart, strengthen its hold by weaving the thread back and forth through every bead till you reach the beginning again. While it is not mandatory that for you to do this, it can help your beads lie flat next to one another. It will easily flatten out as new rows of brick stitches are added on top of it. You should take care of your thread exiting through the top of each bead to enable you to continue.

How to put together a brick stitch

Take two seed beads when you begin every row of a brick stitch. Push them downwards in the direction of the ladder stitch. Then take the needle and pass it through the thread that connects the first two beads of your ladder stitch. It is advisable to start from the back and then move to the front. Pull-on it until it fits snugly. Keep a firm grip on the tail so as to avoid loosening your beads.

Finish your first brick stitch

In order to complete your first brick stitch, you must take your needle and pass it again through the second bead strung. Just make sure that you pull the thread as tightly as possible and that your beads lay flat. A brick stitch can be efficiently put together when then there is consistent tension in your beadwork. If your thread is loose at all, your beadwork can end up having gaps or become floppy.

Pull tightly on the thread

When a new row of brick stitch is started, you can use two beads to hide the thread efficiently. If you use a single bead instead on the first stitch, there is a possibility of the thread showing on the beads outside edge. While this seems like a small negligent aspect, and it might not be noticeable to the majority of people who would just see a small line of thread, it could still be a problem. Being exposed, the thread could catch moisture which could shorten the lifespan of your product. As much as can be possible, it is advisable to cover your threads using beads or within the rows of beads.

Add brick stitches to your row

To complete the rest of the row, take a single bead to put together each brick stitch. Push the bead down so that it can lay as flat as possible on the row before it. Note the connected thread bridge with the two beads on the last row. Stitch under it and insert your needle from the rear of your work and pull it from the front.

Finish the brick stitch

Take the bead you last added and stitch back up through it. Pull-on it until you notice a snug fit. Doing this can help make sure your brick stitch is secure. Add beads in this manner till every one of your thread bridge has a bead in it along the row.

How to start a brand new row of brick stitch

Once you reach the end of a row, you might have to start working in the opposite direction once again. Take two beads to do your first stitch with, fasten them by stitching under your thread bridge and then following it up with a stitch-up through your second bead. Continue sewing the remainder of your row by taking a single bead followed by a stitch under your next thread bridge and then passing it back up through your bead.

Ending your brick stitch

Keep going in this manner until your beadwork is the size you desire. To complete the threads in brick stitch, take the working thread and knot it between beads. You can do this by tying one or more half hitch knots. Attempt to weave the thread right into the centre of the beadwork. Follow it with a half hitch knot, weave it a bit more, and then tie a half-inch knot once again. You might not want to make too many knots. However, it is better to be on the safer side like a piece of that can be subjected to rough use.

A Tip: add a minuscule amount of glue to your knots. You could use a toothpick if you have one handy to apply it at just the right spot. Cut your thread close to your work with the use of scissors. You could also use a thread burner if it suits your needs better. Place your needle on the tail of your thread and continue this process with each of them until all the threads are neatly done.

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