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The technique shown here is done using size 11 round seed beads. This technique can be done with any type or size of seed beads, including larger beads, or square beads.
Beads (we used 4mm cube seed beads)
Thread (we used Silamide Size A)
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
Perfect End Thread Burner
To begin, start by making a bead ladder. String two beads. Leave a 6-inch thread tail.
Pass back through both beads. Pull the thread taut, so the two beads sit next to one another.
Pass back up through the first bead.
Pass back down through the second bead.
String one bead.
Pass down through the previous bead so the new bead sits next to the previous beads.
Pass back up through the last bead added.
Pass back up through the previous bead so the new bead sits next to the previous beads in the row.
Pass back down through the last bead added.
Pass back down through the previous bead so the new bead sits next to the previous beads in the row.
Pass back up through the last bead added. Repeat steps 8- 12 until you have a bead ladder equal to the desired width of your piece.
To start a new row, string two beads.
Pass the needle through the thread loop attaching the last two beads in the previous row. Then pass up back through the last bead added. Pull the thread taut.
Pass the needle under the thread loop between the two beads in the previous row, then pass back up through the last bead added.
Repeat steps 16 and 17 until reaching the end of the row.
Repeat steps 14-18 until reaching the desired length.
To finish off the thread, weave up and down through the beads in the last row. Repeat on the opposite end of the thread, weaving in the starting tail.
Use sharp scissors or a Thread Burner to trim the thread close to the beadwork.
Congratulations, you have mastered basic Brick Stitch!