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12 Designs of Christmas Day 9 - Toho Festive Brick Stick Brooch

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Designed by: Paula Ziemska

Difficulty: Beginner

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On the 9th Design of Christmas my true love gave to me...a Festive Brick Stitch Brooch! 

The main technique used in this design is Brick Stitch (BS). This super cute project by Paula Ziemska will show you how to make a beaded reindeer brooch. 

Remember, our projects are mainly for inspiration which should help you create countless amazing things. The sky is the limit and we know your imagination has no boundaries. 

Let's Stitch! 

Supplies used in this project:

A head full of ideas!

Beading needle

TOHO Treasure beads & 1 x TOHO Size 8/0 bead

Beading thread (or a fishing wire)

Jump rings

Scissors

Jewellery pliers

Brooch base

Optional:

Christmas charms

Ribbon

Beads

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Let’s start with the pattern. To create it you can draw the patterns by yourself (manually) using a Brick Stitch or Peyote grid sheet of paper. I use the BeadTool4 programme to create the patterns.

While working with the Brick Stitch, I start with a row with the biggest number of beads which is placed near the central part of my current work. Here it’s the central part with a red nose. Prepare about a 60cm length of thread and string the beads according to the pattern below:

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Then we pass the needle into the first bead from which the thread comes out, leaving about 20cm of free thread.

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Pass the needle (from the top) into another bead and repeat this action throughout the row.

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The first row should look like this:

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Don't worry if the first row twists a bit - it straightens when you add more rows of our reindeer.

We go to row 2. We take a bead, pass a needle under the thread connecting the last two beads of the previous row.

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Then pass the needle into the added bead so that it comes out of it. All being well the bead should stand upright, complete the row in the same manner.

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The second row should look like this:

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In the third row, we have a bead more than the previous one and so we need to increase. We take two beads, the same way we lead the needle (i.e. we pass the needle into the thread, under the last two in the previous row), then we pass into the second added bead (according to our sequence it is the bright one).

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Next we go adding one bead each.

At the end we have to increase again, so we lead the last bead under the same thread as the second to last. The third row is behind us.

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We process rows 4, 5 and 6 according to the previous instructions.

Row 4 , 5, 6, 7 & 8 below:

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Row 9. So, the end of the first corner. Adding the last bead, we go through the needle so that it comes out of the sixth bead (marked with an arrow).

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We now repeat rows 7, 8 and 9 and finish the second reindeer horn.

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We pass the thread through several rows of our work and we make sure that it doesn't slip out in the future. Now we transfer the needle to the currently free piece of thread and do the last rows of our work.

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The reindeer is nearly ready. You just need to add a seed bead at the top of the reindeer so you can attach it to your brooch. I chose the TOHO 8/0 bead option. I like these beads because jump rings easily pass through them.

At the end of our work, we pass the needle through the beads so that it comes out of the head, from the second light brown bead (marked with an arrow).

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We take a TOHO 8/0 and pass the needle into the neighbouring bead on the left.

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And again, we go through several rows of our work, tightening the thread tightly, then repeat the transition up so as to pass the thread through TOHO 8/0 at least 2 times. Again, we go through the needle through several rows of our work, we secure the thread and cut off its excess.

Our reindeer is ready. All I chose to use:
- snowflake charms,
- agate bead and rondelles,
- bow.
Remember that we are limited only by imagination :)

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Now that you already know how to use brick stitch, here are some more designs for you.

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