Flat Square Stitch

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This strong, versatile beadweaving stitch is an off-loom technique that looks just like beadwork woven on a loom. Use simple graph paper to design a pattern, and weave it with Delica beads or seed beads to make intricate, lightweight jewelry.
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Tip 1Square stitch is a strong, versatile stitch that looks just like loom work when complete, so you can use it with any loom work graph. Square stitch makes designing geometric patterns easy. Even count and odd count rows are stitched the same way, with the beads forming a grid.
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Step 1

Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread your needle. Use Thread Heaven to condition your thread. This will help prevent fraying.

Step 2

Add a mini bead stopper about one foot from the end of your thread. Squeeze the two loops to open the bead stopper.

Step 3

Add thread to the mini bead stopper and release the loops. This will help prevent beads from falling off your thread.

Step 4

Begin your square stitch piece by stringing several beads. For this technique we are making a piece that is six beads wide.

Step 5

To make the turn to the next row, pick up one bead. Then go through the last bead of the first row. Your bead will sit right on top of the bead in the previous row.

Step 6

Then go back through the top bead. You will be working in a circular loop.

Step 7

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row. As you pull your thread through the bottom bead, the bead you picked up will sit on the top of the bead in the previous row.

Step 8

Go back through the top bead. You may have to adjust your beads as you work so they will lay nicely on top of each other.

Step 9

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 10

Go back through the top bead.

Step 11

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row. Each bead will sit right on top of the bead in the previous row.

Step 12

Go back through the top bead.

Step 13

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 14

Go back through the top bead.

Step 15

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 16

Go back through the top bead. You have now completed two rows.

Step 17

Reinforce the row by going back through the entire first row.

Step 18

Then go back through the entire second row. Always reinforce the rows just stitched before adding a new row.

Step 19

To make the turn to the next row, pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 20

Go back through the top bead.

Step 21

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 22

Go back through the top bead.

Step 23

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 24

Go back through the top bead.

Step 25

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 26

Go back through the top bead.

Step 27

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 28

Go back through the top bead.

Step 29

Pick up one bead. Then go through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 30

Go back through the top bead. You have now completed three rows.

Step 31

Reinforce the the row by going back through the entire second row.

Step 32

Then go back through the entire third row. Always reinforce the rows just stitched before adding a new row.

Step 33

Continue by repeating the pattern from steps 5 to 32 until you have reached your desired length.

Step 34

To end your thread, weave the thread back and forth across several rows.

Step 35

Cut your thread as close to the beads as possible. Clean up the ends of your thread, using a Perfect End Thread Burner. Burn or melt the end of your thread until the end is no longer visible.

Step 36

To add thread, cut another piece of thread approximately 5 feet long. Remember to apply Thread Heaven to the new thread.

Step 37

Weave in the new thread into the same row as the old thread, but at the opposite end, so the old and the new threads are running in the same direction through the beads.

Step 38

Continue until you have exited through the last row.

Step 39

Continue the pattern by stringing one bead, and passing through the bead directly below it.

Step 40

Go back through the top bead and continue the pattern to your desired length, shown in steps 6 to 36. To add a clasp see our Square Stitch Clasp - Option 1.

Step 41

Congratulations, you have learned Square Stitch!

 

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