Brick Stitch

Brick stitch is an easy stitch to learn, in brick stitching, beads don’t sit one on top of the next. Instead, the rows are off-set, as on a brick wall.

Noble Leafwing beaded butterfly, by Karen Parker

Beads, Brick Stitch, Butterflies, and Bees

Karen Parker has taken her love of science to her beads! A scientist and bead artist living in upstate New York, Karen has had a long career as a molecular biologist. An amazing and fulfilling career, but not satisfying on the artistic front, Karen turned to her love of fiber arts for a creative and colorful…

Brick Stitching Nature: Charts for Beaded Butterflies, Dragonflies, and a Honeybee, by Karen Parker

Take a Closer Look at Brick Stitch

Brick stitch is a great stitch for adding accents, edging or completely on its own as the star of the design. Brick stitch, like other stitches, comes in many flavors, including: flat, tubular, and circular. It can also be woven to create beaded shapes. From Carol Cypher: “Sometimes called Comanche stitch, brick stitch has Native…

Space themed beading projects

Out of This World Beading Projects

Anything space-related immediately reminds me of the atomic trend so popular during the midcentury. During the atomic age, people were fascinated with the idea of space travel and concerns were rising about a possible nuclear war. Both atomic science and space travel had a huge impact on architecture, interior design, television programming, fashion, theme parks,…

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Make These Brick Stitch Snowflake Earrings

While new shaped- and multi-hole beads are more popular today than ever, I find that it’s a breath of fresh air to work up a project using only traditional stitches and classic seed or cylinder beads. And just in time for winter, I’ve been looking for cute and quick holiday-themed projects to make for friends,…

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The Beauty of Brick Stitch and the Tree Of Life

As far back as ancient times, trees have been used to symbolize creation, the cycles of birth and death, the connection between all living things, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world around them. Trees have been viewed, and rightly so, as important sources of food, fuel, and shelter for thousands of…

The Ultimate Collection of Online Resources for Brick Stitch Beading

The Ultimate Collection of Online Resources for Brick Stitch Beading Always wanted to know how to do brick stitch beading? You’re in luck. These are our most-downloaded, viewed, and top-selling resources – and the best part is, most of them are completely free! How to Brick Stitch: The Free Tutorials How to Brick Stitch, Step…

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Every Beader Should Know Brick Stitch!

Brick stitch beading was the very first off-loom bead-weaving stitch that I taught myself how to do, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. While it’s not as “glamorous” as peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, or right-angle weave, brick stitch definitely has its place in the tool box of any serious beader.…

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Beautiful Brick Stitch at Bead Fest with Laura Zeiner

Bead Fest Santa Fe artist-instructor Laura Zeiner has been beading and teaching beadwork for about thirteen years and has a passion for putting a contemporary spin on traditional stitches. Nature is a constant theme in her beading and she loves to incorporate uncommon objects and old things into her work. We were excited to welcome…

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My Favorite Bead-weaving Stitches, And How I Use Them

So many bead-weaving stitches, so little time! Just when I think I've found my favorite bead-weaving stitch or technique, another one grabs my attention with a new twist or a variation. But time and time again, I find myself coming back to these three basic off-loom bead-weaving stitches for most of my beaded jewelry designs.…