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Flat and Freeform Brick Stitch Technique

By: Mortira from Inspirational Beading

Flat and Freeform Brick Stitch Technique
Flat and Freeform Brick Stitch Technique
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The Flat and Freeform Brick Stitch Technique is a must learn for DIY jewelry makers. There are many free beading patterns; but, learning how to brick stitch is the best basic technique to have. Plus, after you've mastered this brick stitch technique, you can break the rules and create a variety of seed bead patterns using different bead shapes and sizes. When it is worked plain, a panel of brick stitches looks just like peyote stitches that are worked vertically instead of horizontally. You can even use peyote stitch patterns with brick stitch without any adaptations by just flipping them to the side.

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeSeed

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedStitched

Bead Project TypeBracelet

Intermediate

DID YOU KNOW?

Brick Stitch is a bead weaving technique where individual beads are stacked horizontally in a similar pattern to the way bricks are stacked in a wall. It is also known as the Cheyenne Stitch or Comanche Stitch. This bead weaving pattern is used all around the world from Africa to the Middle East to North and South America. Throughout history, the brick stitch technique has been used by Native Americans of the United States. This beading technique is an off-loom technique. It is very similar to peyote stitch patterns. Brick stitch is like peyote stitch turned sideways 90 degrees and slightly stiffer. The beginning of a brick stitch is made by sewing a series of beads that lay side-by-side; this technique is called ladder stitch. Those these stitches are all related peyote stitch patterns, ladder stitch designs, and brick stitch projects are each unique in their own way and allow bead weavers to create intricate and stunning homemade jewelry designs.

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Cute, cuter, cutest. This is such a very well written pattern that I understand and I am new at this. I like the look of the brick stitch. I can play with it to create my own look. I just need the right color beads and I am on my way. Thank you for making this so easy to understand.

This is a creative way to use up accumulated bead inventory. Your instructions are easy to follow, and lend to limitless creativity.

Brick stitch is such a beautiful bead weaving pattern. I can't wait to try out this tutorial and learn how to incorporate this beading technique into my jewelry making designs!

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