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Beading - The Circular Brick Stitch

This lesson will assume you are comfortable with the brick stitch. As with the pictures for the brick stitch, I don't usually use black thread; that's just for contrast. I've drawn blue arrows to indicate the direction of the thread and/or needle, and sometimes the thread loops offscreen, so just imagine it via these arrows. I've also drawn in a red curved arrow to indicate which way the stitch is proceeding, even though sometimes it requires going back through a previous bead; this is the direction the beads are being added.

You can start the circular stitch using a slipknot, but I prefer to use either a gold metal ring in the middle (which looks nice but has the fault of a small opening through which thread can pass if you're not careful) or a larger bead. In this example, I've used an "E" size white bead.

If you are left handed and find these pictures hard to follow, please see the reversed photo instructions.

Circular Brick Stitch 1 - Row 1d

First Row

Tie the thread to whatever you're using in the middle; in this case, the white E bead. Unlike other brick starts, do NOT put the needle back through the E bead after tying it on. Just thread two beads.

Circular Brick Stitch 2 - Row 1d

Go back down through the SECOND bead only.

Circular Brick Stitch 3 - Row 1d

Loop the thread around the E bead much as you would if it were a loop on an upper row in regular brick stitch. That is, go through the E bead, then back up through the second bead.

Circular Brick Stitch 4 - Row 1d

Add the next bead, and go through the E bead again, then back up through the new bead.

Continue adding beads in this manner all the way around the centre bead. Choose your beads such that they get the best fit, as close together as possible while still being flush against the centre. It's better to have this row slightly stretched apart than bunched up so close that they won't sit in a circle.

Circular Brick Stitch 5 - Row 1d

To close the circle of the first row, go back UP through the FIRST bead.

Circular Brick Stitch 6 - Row 1d

Next go back UP through the LAST bead.

Circular Brick Stitch 7 - Row 1d

Then, to anchor this last bead, go through the E bead again, and back UP through the last bead.

Circular Brick Stitch 8 - Row 1d

Pull it all snug, and you should have a good circular first row.

Circular Brick Stitch 9 - Row 2d

Second Row

Add one bead. Stitch this on with the usual brick stitch method, going through the thread loop between two beads from the previous row. Select the loop to the side consistent with your beading direction.

Circular Brick Stitch 10 - Row 2d

Add the next bead, and you'll probably notice that this pulls heavily to one side of the loop. That's fine, the next step will show you how to add a bead in circular brick stitch.

Circular Brick Stitch 11 - Row 2d

At this point, if we add the next bead to the next loop, it's going to leave a huge gap. It's time to add a bead. So simply string another bead and stitch it to the same loop as the last bead. Do this throughout your piece as necessary.

Circular Brick Stitch 12 - Row 2d

Continue adding beads until this circular row is completed.

Circular Brick Stitch 13 - Row 2d

To close this circle row, go DOWN through the first bead of the row.

Circular Brick Stitch 14 - Row 2d

Next, go UP through the last bead of the row.

All subsequent circular rows will be like the second row, increasing as necessary.

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