Picture of Learn Beadweaving (Brickstitch) With a Beaded Earring Tutorial
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:
  • Beading needle
  • 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

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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.
bajablue3 years ago
Beautiful work... and your illustrations are first class!
susanrm (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Thank you so much!
but how long is a yard?
susanrm (author)  AussieAnglerGal3 years ago
Ah, great question! It's a bit more than a meter (metre), but a meter will do just fine.
thank you!

i have been searching and searching for a new hobby and since i saw this i am suddenly addicted with breadweaving! how can you do two even, straight rows?
1 yard is 36" a meter is i think 39"
susanrm (author)  shazni3 years ago
Oh right, it's a bit LESS than a meter.
oooh ok
thanks shazni
susanrm (author)  AussieAnglerGal3 years ago
You can use Ladder Stitch, which is like the first row I showed here over and over, or use a loom. Here's an example of a tutorial.
thank you susanrm, i will post pics! :)
foobear3 years ago
wow, beautifully illustrated
susanrm (author)  foobear3 years ago
Thank you! It took a lot of work, that's for sure. :-)
sunshiine3 years ago
Great tutorial susanrm! I loved the humming bird!
susanrm (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thank you, Sunshiine!