How To Do Circular Brick Stitch Bead Weaving

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this tutorial, learn how to do the Circular Brick stitch in bead weaving. Start with a Ladder stitch and then create rows of brick stitches, forming an a circular. Add as many rows as you like to make a larger circle.
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Hi. This is julie with and today I'm going to show you how to do a circular brick stitch for bead weaving. To begin with I have thread onto my needle with about three feet a fire line thread. You use whatever thread you're most comfortable with. I've chosen to use black. I might of choosen to use blue if I was doing this for myself but for the video I wanted us to be able to see the stitching a lttle more clearly. I've selected three colors of seed beads and these are size 8/0. So what you want to do to begin with to start the circular brick stitch is you want to thread on two beads. We're not gonna be using a bead stopper. Thread on the beads pull them all the way down your thread till you get to about a six to eight inch tail. We're going to start a ladder stitch. So we're going to take our needle and go back through the first bead. As we're pulling it we want the beads to line up with their edges touching so we don't what them to be on top of each other. I'm going to go back through that second bead and pull that thread again. I'm kinda holding my bead so that they're sides are touching. Now thread on a third bead and now go back up and under that second bead and down through the third bead. So this is a traditional ladder stitch what you're doing right here. As you can see we've got three beads on so far. So now we're gonna reinforce our ladder stitch. To do that I'm just gonna go back through the second bead. Pull my thread tight. I'm going to go back through the first one. So you're stabilizing your beadwork. Now I'm going to take my thread skip the second one but go down through the first one. So I've created a little loop. So what I want to do is I want these beads here too form a circle. To do that I'm going to help them out a little bit with my fingers I want to keep the stitching on the sides, that bridge. I don't want them to collapse into each other so I'm going to guide them into a circle. Now I wanna take my thread and loop back through what was the first bead to create another bridge. So this is going to be the center of the circular brick stitch. So to begin the second row what we're going to do is thread onto the needle two beads. Pull them down. You're going to go from behind and go under the bridge of thread pull it and then go back through the second bead you strung on the second row and pull tight. We're just going to do that all the way around that adding just one bead instead of two. Put the bead on the thread. Actually I find it easier just to go under right here. Go under that thread pulling back up through the bead you just strung. You're just going to work your way around. There's no rhyme or reason to exactly how many beads you're going to need to use for the second row or the third row once you get there. It's just whatever fits comfortably with your beadwork. So I'm just going to go around. Alright now that I've gotten to what is the end this is a little too small of a gap to add another bead. So to connect my first bead of my second row and my last bead of my second row I'm going to go down through the first bead and up through the last and I'm going to pull it tight. There's one row. To begin the third row we're just going to the same process. We're going to pickup two beads to begin with for the first stitch of each row. Go back up through that second bead and pull tight. Then continue along the circle just adding one bead at a time. We're at the end of our third row again so we're going to do the same thing we did to end the second row. We're going to go back through the first bead of the third row pull tight go back up and under and through the last bead of the third row and then we'll be good to start our next row. So that is a circular bricks stitch. It's very handy and a lot of fun. Here's an example the piece of jewelry using a circular brick stitch. I've actually used three different circular brick stitch rounds all with different numbers of rows. The bottom one has six. You could see how much larger than the middle one which has three and this one here has four. So you can really vary the amount of rows you have to alter the size. So here with this bracelet we've actually used the circular brick stitch round as little embellishments which has actually been sewn on top of another bead woven panel which is the right angle weave. So have lots of fun with the circular brick stitch. It has lots of different applications and you can use it as an embellishment. You can use it as an actual piece of jewelry itself and you can make it as large and small as you want. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!

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