Brick Stitch is one of those beading techniques that you just don’t hear much about. It’s often overshadowed by much more popular stitches e.g. Peyote Stitch or Right-Angle Weave.
So today, I’m going to give this stitch the attention it deserves and discuss it in detail. I’ll also provide a few beading tutorials that utilize this technique in case you want to try it out for yourself.
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A Complete Guide To Brick Stitch
What Is It?
Brick Stitch, also known as Comanche Stitch, has Native American origins. It looks a lot like Peyote Stitch that has been turned on its side.
The two techniques can actually produce very similar results. The major difference being that the thread in Peyote Stitch passes through the bead holes whereas, the thread in Brick Stitch passes underneath thread bridges.
How To Complete This Stitch
In order to complete this beading technique, you’ll need a base to work off of. Ladder Stitch is the most common way to start. Bugle beads and Delica beads are popular bead choices as they are easy to ladder stitch but you can use other beads as well.
Brick Stitch is very versatile. It’s great for adding embellishment to a piece of jewelry and can also stand very well on its own. Just like other beading techniques, there are variations including flat, circular and tubular.
Here’s a list of free beading patterns that I have found using this technique:
- How To Create A Rhombus With Beads– Sara Spoltore
- Circular Brick Stitch Earrings– Off the Beaded Path
- How To Make Brick Stitch and Fringe Beaded Earrings– Beadaholique
- Ruffled Edge Bead Flower– The Spruce
- Brick Stitch Ring Tutorial– The Heart Beating
Now, here’s a list of tutorials for sale:
- Precious Gold Bracelet– Bead Patterns by Jaycee
- Garnet Wings Bracelet– Bead Patterns by Jaycee (Must know Brick Stitch as no stitch instructions are given)
- Sunna Goddess Necklace and Earrings Set– Simple Bead Patterns
- Montana Sky Bracelet and Earrings– Starr Design Studio
- Congo Grey Parrot Charm– Starr Design Studio
If you want to delve deeper into the technique, you can find a list of books on the topic here.
Take advantage of the versatility of Brick Stitch and create amazing unique and even sculptural designs. Once you know the basics, the possibilities are endless.
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