Brick Stitch Tutorial

  • 01 of 08

    Learn How To Brick Stitch

    Learn to Brick Stitch
    Sample square of brick stitch beadwork.

    About Brick Stitch (Also Called Comanche Stitch)

    Brick stitch is a great beadwork stitch for beginners to learn. The way the beads stack can make it look a lot like peyote stitch - and most peyote patterns can be done in brick stitch by turning the pattern sideways. In brick stitch, each row of beads is offset one half bead from the bead on the previous row. The pattern resembles the way bricks are stacked to make a wall. 

    Brick stitch is a very versatile stitch.  It can be used to make a flat...MORE strip of beadwork as shown in this tutorial, to make a circular shape around a center beadbead around a drop bead, or to make a diamond shape by increasing and decreasing the number of beads on a brick stitch row

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  • 02 of 08

    How to Start Brick Stitch

    Ladder Stitch
    How to Do Ladder Stitch Beadwork.

    Materials to Get Started with Brick Stitch

    To begin brick stitch, start with a comfortable length of thread (no longer than 5'). When you are first learning, brick stitch works best if you use consistent sized beads such as Toho or Miyuki cylinder beads. You may also find it easier to learn a new stitch if you use larger beads, such as size 6/0 or 8/0 beads, since you can see the thread path more easily.

    Start Brick Stitch with a Row of Ladder Stitch

    Use ladder stitch to make a row of 10 beads....MORE If desired, you can reinforce the ladder stitch by weaving back and forth through each bead until you get back to the beginning.  This will help the beads lay flat side by side, but is not required. They will flatten out as you add the row of brick stitch on top of it. Make sure your working thread is exiting the top of the end bead in order to continue.

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  • 03 of 08

    How to Make a Brick Stitch

    Brick Stitch Tutorial
    Stitch under the thread bridge between the first two beads.

    Pick Up Two Beads for the First Brick Stitch in a Row

    To begin each row of brick stitch, pick up 2 beads. Push them down towards the ladder and then pass the needle through the connecting thread between the first two beads of the ladder. (Working back to front.) Pull snugly. You may need to hold on to the tail to keep the beads from loosening.

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  • 04 of 08

    Complete the First Brick Stitch

    Brick Stitch Tutorial
    Stitch up through the second bead to complete the brick stitch.

    Stitch Up the Second Bead to Finish the First Brick Stitch

    To finish the first brick stitch, pass the needle back up through the second bead strung. Make sure the beads are laying flat and the thread is pulled tight. Brick stitch works best when you maintain good tension on the beadwork.  If the thread is loose, the beadwork can be floppy or have gaps between the beads.

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  • 05 of 08

    Why Are Two Beads Used in the First Brick Stitch of a Row?

    Brick Stitch Tutorial
    Pull thread tight to complete the brick stitch.

    Hiding the Thread with Brick Stitch

    When you are starting a new row of brick stitch, the first stitch uses two beads in order to keep the thread from showing.  If you were to pick up a single bead on the first stitch, the thread would show on the outside edge of the bead. It may seem like a minor detail, and many people would not notice the small thread line, but it exposes the thread to moisture and wear and your beadwork will not last as long. As much as possible, it is a good habit to try to...MORE keep your threads covered either by the beads or between the rows of beads.

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  • 06 of 08

    Adding Brick Stitches to a Row

    Brick Stitch Tutorial
    Pick up a single bead to make the next brick stitch.

    Pick Up a Single Bead for the Rest of the Row of Brick Stitch

    For the remainder of the row, pick up one bead to make each brick stitch. Push the bead so it lays flat on the prior row. Stitch under the connecting thread bridge of the two beads on the last row, putting your needle in from the back of the work and pulling it through from the front.

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  • 07 of 08

    Completing the Brick Stitch

    Stitch Up Through the Bead to Complete the Brick Stitch

    Stitch back up through the bead you just added and pull snugly. This will secure the brick stitch. Continue to add beads in this manner until you have stitched a bead into each thread bridge on the row.

    Starting a New Row of Brick Stitch

    At the end of the row, you will begin working back in the oposite direction.

    Pick up two beads for the first stich, secure them by stitching under the thread bridge and stitching up through the second bead....MORE  Continue stitching the rest of the row by picking up a single bead, stitching under the next thread bridge and then back up through the bead.

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  • 08 of 08

    Finishing Brick Stitch

    Tying Off the Threads in Brick Stitch

    Continue to stitch in this manner until the piece of beadwork is the desired size. To finish the threads in brick stitch, knot the working thread between beads by tying one or more half hitch knots. I try to weave my thread into the center of the beadwork a little, tie a half hitch knot, then weave it in a little more and then tie half hitch knot. You probably don't need to make too many knots, but I like to be cautious, especially when I am making a...MORE piece of jewelry that can be subject to a lot of wear like a bracelet.

    Add a small drop of glue to the knots (a toothpick works great to get it just where you want!), and weave the thread end in through the beadwork. Clip thread close to the beadwork using sharp thread scissors or a thread burner

    Put a needle on the thread tail and repeat this process to neatly finish all threads.

    Edited by Lisa Yang