From Teresa Morse of IceniBeadDesign, here’s a pair of earrings perfect for the Holiday season. You can also make a couple of earrings in a different color scheme that is suitable for daily wear. In creating the earrings Brickstitch beading technique is used. Brickstitch is suitable for beginners so have your cylinder seedbeads ready and let’s start beading! The finished size is 4.5cm.
Thread your needle with about 1 ½ yards of thread. Pick up a 6 mm faceted crystal bead, and sew through it once from bottom to top, then once more from bottom to top forming a loop around one side, then once again from bottom to top forming a second loop on the other side. This will be your base thread that you will use to attach the first round of brick stitch
STEP 1 – Pick up 2 x Cylinder beads colour A, pass your needle under the thread around the bead, then pass up through the second bead added.
STEP 2 – Pick up 1 cylinder A, pass your needle under the thread around the bead, then pass up through the bead just added.
Repeat step 2 until there are six beads on the thread on one side of the bead, then repeat six more times on the other thread, for a total of 12 beads around the 6 mm crystal. Anchor your beads by sewing down through the first bead added, and back up through the last bead added to lock them into position.
ROW 1 – Pick up 2 x cylinder A, pass your needle under the thread bridge between the two beads in the foundation and back up the second bead added. Anchor these beads by passing back down the first bead, the bead immediately under it in the foundation, then up through the next foundation bead and row 1 bead.
ROW 2 – Pick up 2 x cylinder A, pass your needle under the thread bridge between the two beads in row 1, and back up the second bead added. Increase (inc.) by picking up 1 x cylinder A, and pass under the same thread bridge again, and back up the bead just added.
ROW 3 – Pick up 2 x cylinder A, pass your needle under the thread bridge between the two beads in row 2, and back up the second bead added.
Pick up 1 x cylinder A and pass your needle under the thread bridge between the next two beads, and back up that bead.
Pick up 1 x cylinder and inc. on the same thread bridge, and pass back up through that bead.
ROW 4 – This time we will make stacks of three beads in each brick stitch. Pick up 6 x cylinder A, pass under the thread bridge between the first two-row 3 beads, and up through the last 3 x cylinder A just picked up. This makes your first two stacks.
Pick up 3 x cylinder A, pass under the thread bridge of the next two-row 3 beads, and up through the 3 cylinder, A. Repeat twice more into the next two thread bridges, then inc. into the last one again. You should have 5 stacks of 3 beads.
ROW 5 – Pick up 2 x cylinder A, and this time, skip the first thread bridge and pass under the second one, (dec.) and back up the second bead.
You will see that the two beads just added, do not sit evenly. Anchor them by passing down through the first bead and up through the second without passing under the thread bridge again, and with a little teasing as you pull the thread, the two will sit side-by-side.
Continue with brickstitch for the next two beads.
ROW 6 – Pick up 2 x cylinder A, dec. passing under the second thread bridge and up through the second bead and anchor as you did in row 5. Brick stitch into the last thread bridge
ROW 7 – Pick up 2 x cylinder A, dec. passing under the second thread bridge and up through the second bead. Pick up 1 x 11°, pass down through the first cylinder, up through the next cylinder to anchor them, then pass through the 11° again. Weave down all the edge beads, taking care not to pull your thread tight as this will distort the shape. Pass down through the foundation bead, then up through the next foundation bead.
Using the thread bridge closest to the petal just made, repeat rows 1 -7 in colour B. You will note as you anchor your first row beads, that one foundation bead is shared. This helps to tuck one petal behind the other.
Continue making petals of alternate colours all the way around, for a total of 12 petals. Remember to tuck colour A petals behind colour B petals as you go. Weave in the thread, knotting between beads as you go, fasten off and trim. Weave in your tail thread and trim.
IMPORTANT. On your last colour B petal, use an 8° bead instead of an 11° at the tip.
Using your pliers, open a jump ring, thread it through the 8° at the tip of the colour B petal, and through your ear hook, and close the jump ring. Repeat for the second earring.
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