Many Native American and other heritages are rich with fine woven beadwork. This tutorial teaches a stitch called Brickstitch, which can be used to make everything from these earrings to more elaborate shapes. Start by practicing these instructions, and soon you'll be able to make so many beautiful beaded items.
Materials you will need:
Seed or Delica beads in the colors of your choice
Beading thread: either pre-waxed, or waxed with a lump of beading wax. Alternatively, I have heard waxed dental floss may work well, though I haven't tried it.
Step 1: Preparation and Start
Cut approximately one yard of thread; wax if necessary by pulling the thread over the wax. Thread needle.
Thread 7 beads on thread, as shown in Picture 1.
The beads should fall like on Picture 2 on the thread. Let them fall to about halfway down the thread.
Step 2: Up and Over
Now bring the needle back under and through the top bead, as shown. Pull it taut.
Step 3: And Again
Bring needle under bottom of next bead on thread. Pull it up through. It should wind up next to the first bead, as shown in this diagram.
Step 4: Finish the Row
Continue to the end of the row. It should end up like this, only with the thread more taut. Don't worry if the row isn't perfectly even; it should even out as you add rows, and it will also get better with practice.
Step 5: Start Row 2
Now pick up a bead with your needle and let it slide down the thread. Bring needle under the thread bridging the last two beads, then up through the bottom of the bead you just added. Pull taut; it should wind up like this diagram.
Step 6: And Again!
Do the same with the next bead.
Step 7: Finish Row 2
Now complete the second row the same way.
Step 8: More Rows
You now know enough to complete the top part of the earring to this point. Just keep on going.