Brick Stitch on a Component

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Use the Brick Stitch on a Component technique to blend brick stitch beadweaving with wire to make innovative earrings or a pendant.
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Step 1

Cut 4 feet of FireLine thread. Loop the thread around the component and tie a surgeon’s knot, leaving a six-inch tail. Pull the knot tight. Thread a size 12 beading needle on the long end of the thread.

Step 2

To start your first row, string two seed beads.

Step 3

Rest the two beads on the edge of the component. They should sit side by side. Bring the needle behind the component, through the center opening, and back through the last bead strung. Pull the thread taut.

Step 4

String one seed bead.

Step 5

Pass the needle behind the component, through the center, and back through the last seed bead added. Pull the thread taut.

Step 6

String one seed bead.

Step 7

Pass the needle behind the component, through the center, and back through the last seed bead added. Pull the thread taut.

Step 8

Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have reached the desired length.

Step 9

To start the second row of brick stitch, string two seed beads.

Step 10

Pass the needle under the thread loop next to the last bead exited in the previous row, and then through the last bead added. Pull the thread taut.

Step 11

String one seed bead.

Step 12

Pass the needle under the next thread loop over, and pass back through the last bead added. Pull the thread taut.

Step 13

String one bead.

Step 14

Pass under the next thread loop over and pass back through the last bead added. Pull the thread taut. When the bead sits to one side of the loop, and extra thread is visible, as shown in the illustration, it is time to make an increase, adding an extra bead to the row.

Step 15

To increase, pick up one seed bead.

Step 16

Pass under the same thread loop as when adding the previous bead, then back up through the last bead added. Pull the thread taut.

Step 17

String one seed bead.

Step 18

Pass under the next thread loop over and pass back through the last bead added. Pull the thread taut.

Step 19

Repeat steps 17 and 18, increasing as needed, until reaching the end of the row.

Step 20

To finish your thread, weave your thread back through your beadwork. Use sharp scissors or a Thread Burner to trim the thread close to the beadwork.

Step 21

Weave the thread tail back through the beadwork. Cut the thread close.

Step 22

Congratulations, you have learned how to do brick stitch on a component!

   

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