Specific stitch types are often implemented to create geometric beaded shapes. The brick stitch is often used to build rows in a ladder type formation. By increasing or decreasing the bead amount per ladder, the geometric shape is created. Tubular or cylinder shapes are used to allow the beads to snugly sit side by side. Choosing the bead type and size as well as the bead pattern colour format, will avoid any beading placement errors. To create a beaded triangle, you will have to decrease the beading ladders until the shape finishes into a point.
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Things you need
- Beading needle
- Beading thread
- Tubular or cylinder beads
Thread your beading needle with a minimum of 5 to 6 feet of beading thread and insert it into two beads, leaving a 5- to 6-inch tail. Keep in mind that the brick stitch requires a sufficient amount of thread because of the double looping to lock the beads in place while building the geometric shape.
Pass the threaded needle up through your first two tubular or cylinder beads. When passing the needle up, it will be away from you. Passing the needle down, it will be towards you.
Pass the needle up through the first bead again. You will have two separate tails.
Pull the tails in the opposite direction. Keep pulling until the two beads are next to each other. This is referred to as locking the beads in place.
Pass the needle back down through the second bead. You will have a loop around the two beads.
Pick up a third bead and pass the needle down through the second bead once again until the third bead locks in place. Stephanie Burnham writes in "Beading Basics", "Pull the thread through and down toward the tail end until the third bead sits next to the second bead."
Pass your needle up through the third bead and pick up your fourth bead.
Continue to repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 until you have created your triangle's base ladder. The more beads you add to your base, the more rows will need to be created to form the triangle. For example, if your base has three beads, you will need two beads for the second row and one bead for the third and final row.
Pass your thread through two beads to start forming your second row.
Pass the needle down through the second thread loop from your first base row. This will begin the process of securing the rows in place as well as form the decreasing ladders.
Pass the needle up through the first bead, making sure the beads are sitting side by side.
Pass the needle down through the second bead and under the second loop of the base ladder once again. Stephanie Burnham continues to write, "These moves at the beginning of each row form a locking stitch that will help anchor the first bead and stop it from tipping inward..."
Pass the needle up through the second bead and pick up your third bead.
Continue to repeat steps 4 and 5 of this section until you have formed your second row.
Continue to repeat section two until the rows have decreased into a point. Secure the thread tail by passing the thread through a loop and making a knot. Cut away the end tails with your scissors.
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