How to make earrings using a geometric base – Brick Stitch step by step
Products used in this project
Information about this project
Designed by: Monika Wojdyla
I love geometric bases. They provide lots of possibilities and they are soooo addictive. I use them very often, to be honest – you can make complicated pendants and earrings or simple jewellery. Today I will show you how to make gorgeous earrings and it’s really pleasant to make them. We will learn how to make earrings with a geometric base using the Brick Stitch. I’m sure you’ve made earrings with tassels, but I will show you another version of them – they look equally glamorous.
Supplies used in this project:
- TOHO beads – 4 colours of 11/0 and 1 colour of 15/0
- Geometric bases – 18 x 18 mm hexagon
- Beading thread – matching the colour of the base. You may use a monofilament thread.
- Beading needle
- Earring wires
Tie a thread tightly to one corner of the base.
String 2 blue 11/0 TOHO beads.
Pass the needle up through the 2nd bead strung so that the thread “wraps” the base. You can see it in the picture.
String 1 blue TOHO bead and pass the needle up through this bead, so that the thread wraps the base.
There are 3 blue TOHO beads strung – it’s time to change the colour. We will change the colour every three beads. String 1 creamy 11/0 TOHO bead and pass the needle up through this bead as it was done previously.
Continue adding the beads changing the colour every three beads. To make a nice looking earring, place the beads really close to each other. The 4th colour (here: violet) should be placed as you can see in the picture. The middle, violet bead sits at the top of the base.
Fill in the rest of the base with blue beads (the same we started with). You should have 4 11/0 TOHO beads on one side of the base, 1 bead at the top and 4 beads on the other side.
Now we need to connect both ends. The thread comes out of the last bead, so pass the needle down through the very first bead of our work.
Pass the needle up through the last bead.
Now we can get rid of the shorter thread that disturbed us all the time. Thread in the short thread, pass the needle up and down alternately through the beads and trim. It won’t disturb us anymore.
Now we need to do something rather unprofessional, but due to that it will be easier to find a proper place for the tassels. The thread comes out of the last added bead, but it should come ouf of the first one. So pass the needle under the thread, as shown in the picture.
Pass the needle down through the last bead and up through the 1st one, so that the thread comes out of the bead as shown in the picture.
The thread comes out of the place where we will start adding the tassels. String 5 11/0 TOHO beads of the same colour as the bead on the base and pass the needle through the bead you exited.
Pass up through the 2nd bead
String 7 TOHO beads and pass the needle through the bead you exited.
Continue adding the tassels increasing the number of beads by 2 each time until you have reached the central bead (here: violet) of the base. I added 25 beads in the middle of the base.
Now, we need to decrease the number of beads by 2 each time, until we have 5 beads. The thread should come out of the bead, as shown in the picture.
To get to the place where we will make a loop for the earring wire we need to make that unprofessional move. To do that, pass the needle under the thread.
And pass the needle down through the bead the thread comes out of.
Pass through the beads up and down alternately until you have reached the “top” of the earring. String 5 15/0 TOHO beads and the earring wire and, skipping 1 bead, pass through the bead of the base. You may pass through the loop once again using our unprofessional move. To finish our work, pass through the beads as far as you can and cut the thread.
The earrings are finished!
You may use various shades of one colour and you will create pretty ombre earrings.
I hope that since you know how to make earrings using a geometric base, you will make your own, colourful versions. As handicraftswomen, we can make different earrings for every day of the week, month or even a year. Nothing sheers a woman up more than a beautiful addition to her clothing. And it’s even much better, if she can make it by herself. We’re waiting for your works impatiently on our Facebook group.
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