Beading Tutorial Part 1: Circular Brick Stitch Earrings

Hi guys! How was your weekend? If you have been following the blog and receiving our newsletter by now you should be ready with your earring hoops because we’re going to create a 2-Part special project today, which is the Circular Brick Stitch Earrings!
Materials & Tools:
4 different colors of seed beads (or more if you wish to have it different colors)
2 ear wires
Beading thread
2 Circular earring hoops/frame with a bail
Scissors
Beading needle

Step 1: Cut at least an arm span to 75 inches of thread. Tie a knot twice onto the earring frame, leaving about 6 inches tail. Slide in 2 seed beads.

Step 2: Bring your thread under and around the earring fame, wrapping the earring frame and going back thru the 2nd seed bead you just added.

Step 3: Pull your thread. You’ll have the seed beads lying on top of the earring frame.

Step 4: Slide in 1 seed bead then bring your thread under and around the earring frame, like you did in previous step, wrapping the earring frame and going back thru the same seed bead you just added. Pull your thread. Repeat this step until you reach the other side of the earring frame.

Step 5: Flip your earring so that you have the needle on your right hand again then slide in 2 seed beads.

Step 6: Bring your thread under the bridge or thread, connecting the 2nd & 3rd seed beads.

Continue to insert the thread into the 2nd seed bead you just added.

Step 7: Pull the thread and you’ll have 2 seed beads lying on top of the 1st layer of seed beads then slide in a bead.

Step 8: Insert the thread under the bridge or thread, connecting the 3rd & 4th seed beads. Then continuously insert the thread into the same seed bead you just added. Repeat this step until you reach the other side of the earring frame.

Step 9: Repeat Step 5 and onward until you reach the other side of the earring frame and created your a 3rd layer of brick stitches in color yellow.

You now have 3 layers of brick stitches. For the 4th layer we are stepping 2 seed beads down to have that effect of gradually narrowing the circle and creating half circles, but we’re going to show it on Part 2.
We hope the steps and pictures are clear enough for you guys to follow. Watch out for Part 2 to complete the earrings, but we do have a detailed PDF copy already available at DIYLessons.org, which includes arrows to guide you how to weave and a short tutorial how to create the earring hoops, in case you don’t have one similar to what was used in the tutorial.

See you in Part 2. Ciao!

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