How to make a Brick Stitch brooch. A jewellery making course.
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Designed by: Honorata Bielecka
From what we’ve observed, you have fallen in love with brooches recently. We are not surprised because they go perfectly with almost everything. And that’s why Honorata Bielecka, debuting on our projects, has decided to make this original ornament with you. She has chosen a fantastic motif which is definitely going to turn heads of many a people. Take your needles and stitch!
Join me and start creating a lovely brooch in the shape of a llama. We are going to work with the Brick Stitch. It is a rather time-consuming stitch, but when you master the basics, working with that stitch is nice and relaxing. We are going to learn how to begin the Brick Stitch, make the second row and how to finish rows in various ways. I have made my llama using 15/0 TOHO beads and it’s about 5.5cm in size. I have made a llama-brooch, but using the pattern you can make a backpack pin or a key ring. If you use bigger sized beads, your llama will be bigger.
-Opaque White for the body
-Opaque Jet for the legs and the eye
-Galvanized Aluminum for the border
-Opaque Lustered LT Beige for the muzzle
-Transparent Frosted Rosaline for the inner part of the ears
-other colourful beads for the saddle
- a thin beading needle
- a white One-G thread
- a brooch
- sharp scissors
- a bigger bead - acts as a stopper bead
Some technical information. You can print the pattern out and mark every following row with a ruler or, like me, you may use any hand-held electronic storage device.
If you run out of the working thread while stitching, pass the thread through the beads in the previous rows several times and trim. Pick up a new thread, pass through several rows and pass through at least 4 or five beads of the working row using the brick stitch.
You should use the thinnest needle to be sure it passes through the small beads.
To make the beaded llama use the pattern below and start from the place marked with a red arrow (between the ears). The first row is a column marked with the arrow. The following rows are the following columns of the pattern going down to the tail.
Take about 70-100cm thread. Pass through the bigger bead several times – this is our stopper bead and it will help to hold our work. Once the work is finished, cut the stopper bead out. String the first two beads.
Pass the needle from the left to the right through the two beads.
Beads should be sitting side by side. The thread comes out from below.
String 1 bead and pass down through the previous bead.
The bead should sit aside the previous ones. The thread comes out of the second bead (from below).
Pass up through the bead just added.
String 1 bead and pass the needle up
Pass the needle down through the bead just added.
This is how the first row should be created. Continue these steps to complete the first row. This row isn’t even and the beads aren’t sitting as they should yet.
That’s why we need to tighten the first row. To do that pass back through the beads to the stopper bead. Pass up if the thread comes out from below.
Pass down if the thread comes out from the top. Switch the direction of the thread as the beads guide you.
The first row is tightened and even now. The thread comes out of the other side of the stop bead.
Now, to the second row. It is offset one-half bead from the bead on the previous row. String two beads of the second row, according to the pattern. Pass the needle through threads of the two beads from the 1st row.
Pull the thread and pass the needle back up through the last bead added.
Now, we add one bead each time. This is how we continue our work – adding just one bead each time.
String 1 bead (according to the pattern), pass the needle through the threads of the previous row.
Pull the thread and pass the needle back up through the last bead added. Repeat the steps until the row is finished.
The row should end with an offset bead.
We can’t add the last bead by passing under the threads so we add the bead the way we created the first row. String 1 bead and pass up.
It’s also good to stitch this bead to the previous row passing through the two last beads.
Go back to the last bead of the 2nd row as the beads guide you.
The third row. It is offset one-half bead from the bead on the previous row. String 2 beads (according to the pattern). Pass the needle under the second threads of the previous row.
Pass the needle back up through the 1st bead of the row.
Pass down the second bead and pass under the threads.
Pass back through the second bead. Continue adding the beads until the row is finished.
Make the following rows.
The 11th row should begin with several offset beads. String 2 beads (that should be placed here, according to the pattern). Stitch the beads the way it was done previously while beginning the row – pass the needle under the first threads of the previous row.
Pass the needle back up through the second bead.
Add the rest of the beads the way we created the first row with the brick stitch. String 1 bead according to the pattern and pass the needle up.
Pass back down through the bead added.
String 1 bead according to the pattern and pass the needle down.
Pass back through the bead added.
Continue until all the beads are added.
Pass through all the beads in this row changing directions (up and down) just as we did with the first row.
The bead which sits on the main part of the work should be stitched to the previous row. Pass back to the following row.
Stitch the bead we start from here with the brick stitch – pass under the threads of the previous row…
and pass the needle up.
Continue this row and the next row just as it was done with the previous rows.
As you finish the 12th row, stitch the forepart of the llama’s hoof. Pass to the underside of the 11th row, as the beads guide you.
Make two short rows and pass back to the top of the 12th row, as the beads guide you.
Continue stitching the rows to make the whole llama’s body. There, where the row doesn’t begin with “steps” but it’s several beads offset, pass the needle through the previous rows, as the beads guide you, to the place where the following row should begin.
As you reach the llama’s tail, pass back to the back part of the head, as the beads guide you.
Stitch this part.
Turn the work. We use the very first row of our work to add a new row.
The llama is almost done.
Stitch the last, short row.
The llama is done.
Stitch a brooch to the llama.
Do it very carefully, because the tiny TOHO beads my crack while passing through them. We’ve got at least two threads that pass through the beads and the holes are very tight now.
Pass through both holes in the brooch.
Congratulations! Now you know how to make a Brick Stitch brooch. The llama is done! It’s really beautiful, isn’t it?
Since you know how to make a brick stitch brooch, we hope you’ll create more than one pin and you won’t stop at llamas. As you master this very charming stitch you’ll see it provides limitless possibilities. So, we’re waiting to see your works impatiently. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on our Facebook group
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