Brick Stitch Around a Bead
Use any round bead as the center of circular brick stitch to weave an iconic mandala shape.
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Thread a beading needle with approximately 5 feet of FireLine thread. String a round bead. Leave a six-inch tail. Bring the thread around the outside of the bead to the other end of the hole and pass back through the bead. Repeat, leaving a doubled thread loop on the outside of the bead.
Bring the thread around the outside of the bead to the other end of the hole and pass back through the bead making a loop of thread down the opposite side of the bead. Repeat, completing two doubled thread loops on the outside of the bead.
Tighten both doubled loops so that the two threads rest next to each other. In the next step, they will be treated as a single thread.
String two seed beads.
Pass the needle down toward the large bead and pass under the two thread loops around the bead. The seed beads should rest as shown in the illustration.
Pass the needle back up through the second bead strung in step 4, pulling the thread away from the large bead. Pull tight.
String one seed bead. Pass the needle under the loops around the large bead. Pass the needle back up through the last seed bead strung and pull tight.
Continue adding beads in the same manner as step 7 until there is room to fit one more seed bead around the large bead.
String one seed bead, pass the needle under the loop around the large bead and through the last seed bead strung. Pull tight. The thread will be exiting the last seed bead.
Pass the needle down through the first seed bead strung toward the large bead. Pass the needle back up through the last seed bead strung, away from the large bead.
String two seed beads. Pass the needle underneath the thread loop between the two beads in the previous row. Pass the needle back up through the last bead strung.
String one seed bead. Pass the needle underneath the next thread loop and back up through the last bead strung.
Continue adding beads in the same manner as step 12 until the span of thread is larger than normal, as shown in the illustration. This is when you will increase, or add an extra bead to the row.
To increase, string one seed bead, then pass the needle through the same exposed thread loop as you did when adding the previous bead, then pass the needle back through the last bead strung.
Continue adding more beads by going through the next exposed thread loop and back up through the last bead strung each time, until there is room to fit one more bead on the row.
String one seed bead, pass underneath the last thread loop and pass back up through the same seed bead. The last and first seed beads of the row will be sitting right next to one another.
To complete the row, pass the needle from the outside of the last bead down through the first bead. Pass the needle back up through the last bead to begin the next row.
If desired, add more rows by repeating steps 11-17. The component is now finished and ready to be connected to another component or clasp.
Connecting Two Components Step 19
The working thread of one component will be used to attach one component to another. Pass the working thread from the last bead through a bead on the other component.
Bring the thread up through the next bead and cross back into the first component.
Pass the thread back through the same beads as before, creating a loop.
Bring the thread down one through bead and pass back to the first component.
Pass back up through the previous set of beads, completing a loop.
Reinforce the connection by weaving through the beads several times. Trim off the excess thread.
The tail thread from the beginning can be used to weave components together. Stitch through the beads to get to the outside row, then follow steps 19-24 to attach components together.
Optional: Adding a Clasp Step 26
On the end component, use the working thread to attach a clasp. With the thread exiting a center bead, string six seed beads, the attachment loop of one half of a toggle clasp and three more seed beads.
Pass the thread back through the first three beads strung and continue through the first bead. This will create a loop originating from a short, straight section of seed beads.
Reinforce by passing through the loop again, passing down into the component and back through the loop.
Pass through a third time, reinforcing the loop. Trim off the excess thread.
Repeat steps 26-29, attaching the other half of the clasp. If there are any exposed threads in the piece, weave each thread into the piece and trim off the excess thread.
Congratulations, you have mastered brick stitch around a bead!
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