Brick Stitch Edge for Bead Embroidery

  • 01 of 09

    Finishing Bead Embroidery Edges With Brick Stitch

    Finishing the Back and Sides of Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Lisa Yang

    How many times do you throw an elastic hair tie on your wrist just in case you'll want to put your hair up later? We do it without thinking, but it's never exactly stylish - more like a necessity.

    Well, this hair tie design will make you want to reach for a hair tie to throw on your wrist just in case! As functional as it is stylish - it's also super easy to make. This is the second part that will show you how to finish the sides and back of the beaded cabochon to make the hair tie. Refer to the Bead Embroidered Cabochon Part 1 for details on how to surround the cabochon with beads.

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  • 02 of 09

    Attach Backing to the Bead Embroidered Cabochon

    Bead Embroidery Tutorial: Add Backing and Finish Sides
    Lisa Yang

    The bead embroidery backing serves two functions: to cover and protect the embroidery stiches and to make the cabochon look finished. Any type of material that does not stretch or fray will work - but ultrasuede or thin suede are common materials used for backing. 

    We typically use glue to attach the backing, but you can also use double sided adhesive tape. If you are using glue, just be sure that it will not stain or discolor your backing material.

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  • 03 of 09

    Trim the Bead Embroidery Backing

    Bead Embroidery Tutorial: Add Backing and Cover Sides
    Lisa Yang

    Trim the backing so it follows the outline of the cabochon. Prepare an arms length of thread. For this step, we are using Smoke colored Fireline since it will blend better with the backing. Knot the thread and stitch through the project so you thread is exiting the bottom of the cabochon. Try to hide the knot between the beads.

    These next steps use circular brick stitch to bead around the sides of the cabochon. The only difference from regular circular brick stitch is that instead of stitching into the thread bridges of a previous row, you will be stitching through the layers of felt foundation and backing.

    Add two size 8/0 beads to your thread.

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  • 04 of 09

    Stitch the Bead Embroidery Border

    Tutorial to Add Bead Embroidery Backing and Finish Edges
    Lisa Yang

    This step requires stitching on an angle. You will insert your needle about 1/8 of an inch from the edge on the bottom and bring your needle up just underneath the row of beads on the front side. Pull the thread through and stitch through the last bead you added from bottom to top.

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  • 05 of 09

    Side view of Stitching the Border Beads in Place

    Bead Embroidery Tutorial: Adding Backing and Finish Sides
    Lisa Yang

    This picture gives a side view of how the brick stitch beads will cover the fabric sides of the bead embroidered cabochon. It is important to try and use a thread that is strong and keep your stitches inset a little from the edge so they cannot rip through the felt and backing. Be sure to use a bead that is large enough to cover the edge of the base and backing. We like to use 8/0 beads for this step because they are thick enough to cover the layers of material, but also because they stitch up quickly.

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  • 06 of 09

    Back Side of the Bead Embroidered Cabochon

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    Lisa Yang

    The back side of the bead embroidered cabochon will have a neat row of stitches attaching the backing and adding the beads that cover the sides of the cabochon. This step is important to reinforce the project, but also to give it a polished look

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  • 07 of 09

    Finishing the Bead Embroidered Cabochon

    Bead embroidery Tutorial
    Lisa Yang

    As is always the case with brick stitch, the decision to close a gap with a final bead or not can be a tough one. We always recommend leaving the last bead out unless it is very clear that it will fit cleanly. Adding too many beads will cause the edge to warp. Having too few may leave a slight gap, but it is usually less noticeable than the wavy edge caused by too many.

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  • 08 of 09

    Adding the Hair Tie Elastic to the Bead Embroidery

    Bead Embroidery Tutorial: Finish Back and Sides
    Lisa Yang

    We stitch a thin elastic hair tie to the completed bead embroidery by stitching around the elastic on either side. We try not to ever stitch through the elastic since it makes it more likely to break. We like to use the thin elastics because we think they are more comfortable if you need to wear it on your wrist.

    Because the completed hair tie is decorative, we use a regular hair tie to secure our hair in a ponytail - and then add the decorative hair tie on top of that. It makes the decorative hair tie last longer because you don't have to secure it as tightly to keep your hairstyle in place. You can also put it on after applying hair spray or other styling products that may discolor the stone or weaken the elastic.

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  • 09 of 09

    Bead Embroidered Hair Tie Design Options

    Bead Embroidery Tutorial
    Lisa Yang

    Bead embroidered hair ties are very easy projects and several can be made in an evening of beading. In addition to being simple, the design is versatile. You can easily substitute a pretty bead or button for the cabochon in this design.  

    This picture is one of the first hair ties we made using small flat glass beads surrounded by 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads. The scalloped shape was a bit of a challenge when trimming the backing - and we wish we had used black foundation felt, but aside from that, this works very well.