How to do Multiple Drop Brick Stitch in Bead Weaving

SKU VID-0115
Designer: Megan Milliken
In this video, learn how to do brick stitch in bead weaving using more than one bead per stitch. This method gives the stitch a different look and makes the natural decrease of the stitch more gradual.
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Hey this is Megan with and today and going to show you how to do a brick stitch with more than one bead per step. So it's called a multiple drop or multi-drop brick stitch and any kind your doing to brick stitch you're going to start with a row of ladder stitch first. So you can go ahead and watch the video How to do a Ladder Stitch in Bead Weaving to see how do to do ladder stitch. I'm going to do a two bead per stitch brick stitch. So you're gonna start with a row of ladder stitch that has two beads per stitch. Once you have your ladder stitch then you can go ahead and start in with the rest of your brick stitch. The ladder stitch is going to be the foundation row and you want to go ahead and make that as long as you want your brick stitch to be wide because its gonna end up going that way. The other thing to keep in mind with a brick stitch it will naturally loose one stitch per row. It will decrease and so you need to do an increase on the ends like you would see in the video on how to do regular brick stitch in bead weaving. For my purposes I'm going to go ahead and let it decrease so that she can see the angle. One of the reasons you might want to use multiple beads in brick stitch is to make the angle less severe. So it'll be more gradual this way. I'm going to go ahead and use different colored beads for each row so you can see where the rows start and finish. For this purpose I'm using larger beads that are a size 8/0 and just white wildfire so that you can see the threads that you would of course want to use a thread that would match your beads a little bit more when you're doing this for a project. So you're going to take your foundation row which is your ladder stitch row you're going to thread four beads onto your needle. You want to make sure to have your thread with the needle coming out to the left the front side of your piece and then you're gonna come right back up through the first two to make a loop and you can kind of hold it closer down when you pull on so it doesn't end up far up your thread and then scoot it down closer to your other work. Then you're gonna bring your needle back down through the other two beads. When you're using smaller beads it won't move around so much also. Then you're gonna skip the first loop of thread and bring your needle from the back to the front through the second loop and then backup through the last two beads. Once you pull that tight you should see your beads form two rows of two and that's the way you'll start every row on the brick stitch. So for your next stitch you just pick up two. You only use for it for the start of the row and through the thread loop and back up through the beads and you get two more. You'll come up through the thread loop and go back up through you beads. And you're going to continue that way across all the thread loops on the top of the row until you get to the last one and you just finish the last stitch as exactly the same as the other ones. Then you're gonna flip it around so that your needle and thread is on the left hand side again. Again when you start the row you pick up double the amount of beads. So if you're using two per stitch you'll pick up four. You could use three, four, you could use any number of beads per stitch that you want with this. Keep that in mind. It will just make it a more gradual decrease in. It'll make it a little bit of a wider row that you're making. So I'm just gonna do another row so that you can see what the decrease looks like. So you put your beads on bring your thread back up through the first two to make a loop down through the next two and through the second loop and then back up through those last two beads. Sometimes the beads get a little turned around. If you use your needle you can make them lay nice and straight. So once you get a few rows you can really see how it will naturally decrease. You'll loose one stitch per row. So if you started with seven this one has six this will only have five and so on. The more beads per stitch you use the more gradual of an angle that that decrease will be. And one more up through there up through the thread and through the beads. So you can see that losing one stitch per row gives it that gradual decrease. It will eventually go all the way to a point. You can see in this project that I use this stitch for the kind of shape that you'll end up with with the two beads per stitch. So I used two instead of one because I didn't want it to be a short triangle. I wanted to make it a little bit longer. So that's the same kind of shape it's just a much smaller bead. These are a size 11/0. Once you get as far as you want you can take it all the way to a point or you can stop it as just as long as you want. Then you're going to tie off your thread and integrate it back into your beadwork which you can see how to do in our video How to Tie Off and Add New Thread in Bead Weaving. That is how you make a brick stitch with more than bead per stitch Go to for all of your beading supply needs!

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