My Favorite Hassle-free Brick Stitch Start, Plus My Favorite Brick Stitch Projects

May 30, 2014

I love using brick stitch for designing beaded jewelry, but I'm less than thrilled with the sometimes sloppy feel of beginning my brick stitch projects with ladder stitch. Unless I'm using cylinder beads for my first row, I always feel as though my brick stitch base made with ladder stitch just looks...well, messy with all the threads showing.

So when I was teaching myself how to make a caduceus chain with instructions from Diane Fitzgerald, I realized that I could use it to form the first two rows of a piece of brick stitch! The basic technique is just a 2-bead peyote stitch strip, but the resulting first two rows provide a nice, solid foundation for me to continue stitching in brick stitch. Give it a try and see what you think!

On a comfortable length of thread, pick up 3 beads. Skip the last 2 beads, and pass back through the first bead.
Pull the thread snug so that the two beads line up, centered, over the first bead.

Now you can begin adding beads to stitch your first two rows. Pick up 1 bead, and pass through one of the "up" beads. (At this point, it doesn't matter which one -- you can work in either direction, as long as it feels comfortable.)

Pull that bead up snug. Pick up another seed bead, and then pass through the next up bead, working in the same direction. Before you know it, you'll have your first two rows of brick stitch completed!
When you're ready to start working brick stitch, just pick up your two beads, and pass through the thread of your choice, depending on whether you want this next row to be an "inner" row or "outer" row. That's all there is to it!

Want to explore more brick stitch beading projects? Here are a few of my favorites from the Beading Daily Shop! (And for a limited time, they're all on sale for 30% off.)

Mandala Magic by Maggie Roschyk: Learn how to create circular brick stitch components.
Round About by Dottie Hoeschen: Use tubular brick stitch to create a striking bangle bracelet.
Heart to Heart by Carol Dean Sharpe: Learn how to make brick stitch increases and decreases easily with this fun bracelet.
Jungle Gems by Tina Koyama: Surround a fabulous glass focal bead with freeform brick stitch and a brick stitch ruffle.
Frosted Flower Necklace by Kerrie Slade: From a master of beaded flowers comes this pretty, elegant brick stitch necklace project!

What's your favorite way to use brick stitch? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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sitime wrote
on May 30, 2014 1:32 PM

I must be dense, but I don't see where the next up bead would be. We went from 4 beads to 14 beads, and I guess I need the steps in between. Can you help me figure this out? Thanks. I love your blog! Janet

Larry.Linson wrote
on May 30, 2014 1:34 PM

Start brick with _ladder_? Doesn't that leave your base row beads pointing 90 degrees off from the brick stitch? It does the way I do ladder stitch.

I have no trouble starting with simply strung beads, turn the corner, and do the next row in brick.

Also, I find the first few rows of peyote 'way too easy to end up sloppy than other approaches. I might start with square stitch if I needed two rows of starter beads.

Larry Linson

   Member, Wild West Bead Society (Dallas-Ft. Worth area)

   www.wildwestbeadsociety.com

beadteach wrote
on Jun 1, 2014 2:19 AM

It's wonderful that you discovered this on your own, but I do have to tell you that starting off with peyote stitch and then switching to brick stitch is an old, old technique. It just goes to show ya that what's old is new again when someone discovers it themselves. :)  

beadteach wrote
on Jun 1, 2014 2:21 AM

It's wonderful that you discovered this on your own, but I do have to tell you that starting off with peyote stitch and then switching to brick stitch is an old, old technique. It just goes to show ya that what's old is new again when someone discovers it themselves. :)