Learn Beadweaving (Brickstitch) With a Beaded Earring Tutorial

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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.
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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.

Step 2: Up and Over

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Now bring the needle back under and through the top bead, as shown. Pull it taut.

Step 3: And Again

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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

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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

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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!

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Do the same with the next bead.

Step 7: Finish Row 2

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Now complete the second row the same way.

Step 8: More Rows

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You now know enough to complete the top part of the earring to this point. Just keep on going.
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!