Learn Circular Brick Stitch with Beading Daily

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Here’s a special preview of a technique for you. Circular brick stitch is one of my favorite stitches. It’s easy to learn and completely adaptable to an infinite variety of bead sizes, shapes, and materials. This is a really basic mini-lesson, working seed beads around a central bead.

Your circular brick-stitch lesson
The trickiest part of circular brick stitch is fitting the right number of beads in a flat circle for each concentric round. Don’t try to squeeze in too many beads, or the shape may buckle into a ruffle (which is nice only if you want it that way). For a flat circle, spread out your stitches neatly and evenly around the circle.

Brick Stitch One Brick Stitch Two

1: Pass through the central bead twice, placing the two thread loops on either side of the bead. The brick-stitched beadwork will attach to these base threads. You want them strong.


Brick Stitch Three Brick Stitch Four Brick Stitch Five

2: Always start a row of brick stitch with 2 beads. String beads 1 and 2. Pass under the thread loop and up through the second bead strung. Pull the thread and nudge the beads with your fingers to lie snug to the center bead.


Brick Stitch Six Brick Stitch Seven

3: String bead 3, pass under the thread loop and pass back up through bead 3. Again, nudge the new bead in place and keep your thread tension snug.


Brick Stitch Eight Brick Stitch Nine Brick Stitch Ten

4: Repeat around your center bead, spacing the beads to fit evenly. In this lesson, 8 green beads fit nicely around the center round black bead; string bead 8, pass under the thread loop and back up through bead 8. Pass down into bead 1, under the thread loop, and exit out bead 1 again, ready to start a new row. Continue, starting each new row with 2 beads.
Happy Beading!


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About Leslie

Leslie Rogalski, born and bred in Philadelphia, holds a degree in illustration and design from the University of the Arts, and has been “making stuff” since childhood. She was editor in chief of Step by Step Beads before becoming editor of Beading Daily in 2009, and is currently busy making her own designs, teaching, making videos, and writing. She's contributed original designs to Step by Step Beads, Beadwork, Creative Jewelry, and many Interweave books including 101 Wire Earrings and Chain Style. A teacher at many Bead Fest shows, she's a featured presenter on the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Her lessons, called DoodleBeads©, were first created as videos for Beading Daily, and are a method of drawing thread paths that makes learning beadstitching easy. DoodleBeads is available on DVD. Leslie is known for playing with different materials, though seed beads remain top of her list. Prior to all this Leslie was a freelance writer, illustrator, and sold her original art clothing at national craft shows. She loves all things beady, making iMovies, tap dancing, her wonderful husband, illustrator, book designer, and owner of Eyewash Design, Mike Rogalski, and especiallybeing a stage mother to her Broadway-bound daughter.

12 thoughts on “Learn Circular Brick Stitch with Beading Daily

  1. Need some guidelines for the project for newbie.
    what type & size thread thread should I use ? Should I use fireline ?
    please recommend the bead sizes as well.

  2. Loved this newsletter. I’m a visual learner and this type of illustration is fantastic.

    Can we get more of this type of hands-on demonstration and information?

  3. I wish you’d describe more beading stitches this way! As a matter of fact, I’ve stopped subscribing to so many beading magazines because I can’t do the projects. The “basics” in the back of the magazine aren’t detailed enough for a beginner. There are some beading magazines from the UK that I’ve been buying because of the detailed instruction that is so easy to follow. Do herringbone, ladder, nedeble…peyote has always stumped me. Can’t get it to stay together at the beginning…Thanks!

  4. I really like using the circular brick stitch. The possibilities are endless for what you can do. I also like using a rubber washer to brick stitch around, using the hole in the center to suspend another bead or crystal or natural stone. It’s fun just to start out with a bead, pick some colors to go with it and go with the flow just building up on it and adding to it til I get it to where I feed all happy and good inside!

  5. Well, we aim to please! I like teaching this way if not in person. Nice big photos, basic stitch technique, then you can go from scales to sonata, right? To be sure there’s more coming!

    About supplies for newbies: glad you asked.
    First, use any strong beading thread. I’m a braided line (like WildFire) fan myself, since it doesn’t stretch. The 6 lb or 8lb test weight, or size D for other threads, is more than strong enough. Judge thread strength needed by the weight your project will bear.

    Needle sizes–whatever will fit easily through your beads even when they’re filled with a few passes of thread. I prefer longer length needles, easier to hold. 1.5 inches to 2″, size 12 or 10.

    Peyote puzzler? Watch my odd-count peyote video and my trick with the needle holding the first rows in place!

    Thanks for all your feedback and comments, keep them coming!
    And Donnie, I so know what you’re saying. This is one of my faves, too, to not have to plan it and just let it grow!
    –Leslie, editor Beading Daily

  6. Why can’t there be a Beadfest in Atlanta? Is there some reason that Atlanta doesn’t make the ‘show’ circit? It’s certainly warmer than some states and not as pricey to stay at…..just wishing.

    Stacy Nathan
    Atlanta, Georgia

  7. What I need to know is not how to start flat circular brick stitch, but how to do increases from row to row. Could the tutorial be expanded pretty-please-with-lampworked-cherries-on-top?

  8. Increasing is accomplished after the first stitch on the row or any place along the round. the first stitch is always 2 beads, catch the top stitch and bring your needle back up in the 2nd bead added… then each stitch is 1 bead, thru the top stitch and up thru the bead. The increase is made by working 2 – 1 bead stitches in the same top stitch.

    Jean Campbell did a blog that I’m sure is still hanging around here… To Cull or Not To Cull… Gee, she made me appreciate mis-sized beads. increasing in Peyote or Brick is a great way to use those narrower beads. Decreasing uses the bigger beads.

    As for threads, I have become hooked on braided, but for a practice project (the first time I make something), I use nymo. Be sure to stretch it gently first. Then when I err, and have to start over, all I have to do is cut the threads… and I don’t cry as when I have to cut Fireline.