How to do Circular Brick Stitch Bead Weaving around a Bead

Uploaded by Beadaholique on 06.10.2011

Hi this Julie with today I'm going to show you a bead weaving
technique and that's gonna be the circular brick stitch
around a bead
you can see in this bracelet. So here's a really good example of it
I've got two
buttons which has essentially created using the circular brick stitch
around eight-millimeter pearl
these are size 11/0 czech glass seed beads
and I've actually gone
and embellished
the circular brick stitch with just a decorative edge and I'll show you in a
second video how to do that edge but for the first video
I really want to concentrate just on making
the circular brick stitch around a pearl
what you're going to need any eight-millimeter round bead. You want it to
be perfectly round
you could do a faceted bead. It's going to have a different affect. It's going to cause
your bead weaving to have a staggered appearance
You need some seed beads in size 11/0 in czech glass
this is antique cream pearl and I have another size 11/0 which is
gold super metallic
it has a nice matte finish to it
you need a size twelve beading needle
you need some beading thread. I have a Nymo
size D
you need a pair of scissors and that's all you need to start with
so what we're going to do first is
cut yourself off a length of threads
make it about four feet long
and the amount you need is gonna be based upon how many of those circular
rounds you want
if know you could be doing quite a few of them
you're going to want a lot more thread
you can always add more thread later though by
tying it off
and adding a new thread
I'm just going to thread my needle on here
and I'm going to put one
big on which is what I'm going to be beading around
pull that
towards the other end
leaving a tail of approximately seven inches
what you want to do
tie a surgeons knot
right over the edge
of your bead
a refresher on how to tie a surgeons knot. It's easy. Just do a simple.
Over, under
take our thread
go over
under once
and then under a second time
pull that real tight
you can see right here we have the
arching across the bead
I want to pull that
so the not is up buy the hole
take my needle with
my thread on it I want to go back
through the bead
pull tight
and I actually just slipped
that knot into the inside of the hole which is what I want do because now
that knot is gone
take my needle
the end
push it through the hole, pull it
my needle
this is the
bridge, the thread that we thread that already
tied off
go under
pull through
loop back around
into that loop
pull tight
so now you can see I have a bridge thread all the way around on both sides
I've positioned it
so that they're lined up pretty evenly. You can manipulate a little bit but you
don't want those two threads to be
next to each other
so now we're gonna start our bead weaving
and to do that
I make it so I have a little thread
to work with as possible to begin with in terms of the length. Makes it a little
bit easier in beading
I'm going to pull it down so my tail
is near my bead
going to make my stitching easier
pick up two
size 11/0 onto my needle
take the tip of my needle, put it under
the arch way
under that thread on one side, pull
position these so that they're flat, they're not stacked
take my needle and go up through that
second bead and pull tight
so that
my first stitch
take another
size 11/0 of the same color
go under
that thread
pull through
and back through that bead
pull tight
sometimes I find it does help to actually hold this tail just as a way
positioning the bead
keep doing that
all the way
my bead until I meet
over here on the other side.
I just completely my first row almost around the pearl and I've got just one more bead to go
add that bead right now. As you can see
it's all lined up uniformly around on the pearl
add one more bead the same way you've added all the others ones. Go under
the bridge
pull tight
go up
through that bead again
pull tight

I got pretty nice bridge
between each of my beads. I'm going to use that bridge to string my next row.
however right now I'm missing a bridge between that first bead I strung and the last
one of the row
so i'm gonna go down
through the top of
that first bead
pull tight
go under the bridge
pull through
and back through
that last bead strung to create a nice
so everything is nice and secure
and now I have a nice bridge that can follow
between all the beads to start the next row
so for the next round of beads go ahead and go to a different color
than I have a pearl color
pickup two
and we're gonna take a needle going under
that bridge which we just created
pull it through
you want your beads to stack like that. You want them to be side
by side
just help them along a little bit

pull tight. By doing that you created a bridge you can use in your next
next row
so now we pick up just one bead
go through the next
go under the next arch

couple quick tips here I want to show you what I'm doing

sometimes you have to make a decision. You could go ahead and bead again under
the same bridge way or the one next to it
just do what looks right to you. You don't want your bead stitch to
have large gaps between them. So you're not going to go
one bead per
bridge. Sometimes you might have two beads on a bridgeway
sometimes you might have one
you're just going to do what looks best to have a nice
layer, a nice even round
so then
you're going to pick up a bead
go under the bridge that looks the most appropriate to you which is the closest
and then I'll I want to show you
I'm pulling my thread
away from the beads. I'm not pulling my thread in this direction and pulling it
I'm right handed so I'm pulling towards my right
and that's helping to get that bead to lay up nice and close
to the previously strung
and let me show you that again. Here's a good example where I have to make a
decision do I go through this bridge way
or do I go through this way and I'm actually going to chose the second one
I'm going to pull my
thread towards the right
so that bead will
sit next to previously strung
you can see now it's laying up right against them
keep beading
until you end up again
where you started
and then I'll go on to the next level
and here's an interesting point which happens a lot actually I find while doing
circular brick stitch
you can tell that there's a little gap between the first bead and the second
row and then the last bead strung
and it looks like it's maybe just big enough
for another bead
I don't think it's going to be, so let me show you another what another bead would look like
put that bead onto my needle, go under that
thread bridge
back through
and now I'm going to
if I were to actually going to bead this one I would go back up through
that bead and pull tight but look what's happening we're getting a little bit
almost like two colliding mountainsides they're just pushing up against each other
and I don't like that. I want it to lay really flat
so I'm going to go ahead
remove this bead. I don't want that in there
You'll find you're actually faced with that quite a bit. It'll look like it's just
barely big enough
You'll have to make a decision if you're going to go ahead and add that bead or not
and 99.9% of the time if you're debating I say don't
add that bead
now look a lot better in the long run
even though I have this large gap I'm going to go ahead
put my needle through without a bead on it
through that first bead in the second row
watch what's gonna happen
pull through pull tight
and look
for the most part that gap just disappears. It's going to disappear even more
when I go ahead
go under that bridge
which is beneath those two beads
pull tight
flip this guy around
back up
that bead I just strung
and pull
you can see that pretty much evened itself out. I still have a really nice
circle shape. I don't have those two bead coming to a point like this which is
what I really wanted to avoid
I'm going to start my third row
Your going to do as many rows you really want for your pattern. So there's really
no rhyme or reason. I mean I could stop at this. It looks beautiful.
or I can add another ten rows. Just really a matter of what is going to work
with your design
Before I sign off I do want you to know that gap that we just talked about before
where we were deciding whether we want to add another bead not
If that gap's too large and then you try to create that bridge
of threading pull it, you could end up making your beadwork
concave and make it kind of form into a circle which is actually a effect which is
quite nice but if you're not wanting that effect
you are gonna have to carefully judge if you do want to have that other bead
or you just want to have a little bit of a gap and form that bridge
over. So
it's something that you'll kinda get a feel for and as you're doing more bead
weaving it'll come naturally and you'll be able to see whether you wanna
add that last bead or not
so continue on adding a bead at a time
going row by row. As many rows as you want
and then when you get to the point where you're ready
to end your bead weaving you'll just tie off your thread and weave the tale
back into the bead work as we show you in another
video by
and then speaking of other videos if you want to stay tuned I'm gonna show you in
a separate video how you do this decorative edge
so the interior part the first three rows is just circular brick stitch
and then there's a really simple technique to just add the pretty little
scalloped edged with the smaller three millimeter pearls
so that is how you do the secular Circular Brick Stitch Bead Weaving around a Round Bead