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Brick Stitch around a Component

Step 1

Cut 5 feet of FireLine thread. Loop the thread around the component and tie a surgeon knot, leaving a six-inch tail. Pull the knot tight. Thread a size 12 beading needle on the long end of the thread.

Step 2

String two seed beads.

Step 3

Bring the needle behind the component, through the center opening, and back through the last bead strung. Pull the thread tight.

Step 4

String one seed bead.

Step 5

Pass the needle behind the component, through the center, and back through the last seed bead added. Pull the thread tight.

Step 6

String one seed bead.

Step 7

Pass the needle behind the component, through the center, and back through the last seed bead added. Pull the thread tight.

Step 8

Repeat steps 6 and 7 until there is room for one more seed bead on the component.

Step 9

String one seed bead.

Step 10

Pass the needle behind the component, through the center, and back through the last seed bead added. Pull the thread tight.

Step 11

Pass the needle down through the first bead, keeping the needle behind the component. Pass through the center of the component and pass back through the first bead.

Step 12

To begin a second row of brick stitch, string two seed beads.

Step 13

Pass the needle under the thread loop next to the last bead exited in the previous row. Pull the thread tight.

Step 14

String one seed bead.

Step 15

Working clockwise, pass under the next loop over and pass back through the last bead added. Pull the thread tight. When the loop of thread is longer than normal, as shown in the illustration, it is time to make an increase, adding an extra bead to the row.

Step 16

To increase, pick up one seed bead.

Step 17

Pass under the same loop as when adding the previous bead, then back up through the last bead added. Pull the thread tight.

Step 18

String one seed bead.

Step 19

Working clockwise, pass under the next loop over and pass back through the last bead added. Pull the thread tight.

Step 20

Repeat steps 14 and 15, increasing as needed, until there is enought space to fit one bead.

Step 21

String one seed bead.

Step 22

Pass under the last exposed thread from the previous row and back up through the last bead added.

Step 23

Pass down through the first bead of the row then back up through the last bead added in the row.

Step 24

Weave the thread back through the beadwork. Cut the thread close to the beadwork.

Step 25

Weave the thread tail back through the beadwork. Cut the thread close to the work.

Step 26

Congratulations, you have learned how to do brick stitch around a component!