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Beaded brick stitch bracelet

Build a bracelet bead by bead as you stack up rows of different colors, shapes and sizes

Brick stitch allows you to smoothly join rows of beads, even when they’re different sizes and shapes. This bracelet can be as colorful or subtle as you like – it all depends on your choice of beads. Since you only need a few of each bead, this is the perfect project for using beads you already have.


Bracelet 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 1-3 g each of 5-12 types or colors of 80-150 seed beads, cylinder beads, triangles, and cube beads or 3 mm fire-polished crystals
  • Clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
Beaded brick stitch bracelet Figure 1 2
Figure 1 (top), Figure 2 (bottom)

[1] On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four 8/0 seed beads, and sew through the four beads again, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Position the 8/0s so they form two stacks of two (Figure 1, a-b). Work in ladder stitch, adding two 8/0s per stitch, until the strip is the desired width of the bracelet (b-c).

[2] Begin working in brick stitch, working each row using a different type or color of bead, until the bracelet reaches the desired length, minus the length of the clasp. You’ll need to adjust how many stitches you attach to each thread bridge, and which thread bridge you use first, depending on the relative size of the beads:

  • If the new row uses smaller beads, you’ll need to attach the first stitch to the first thread bridge of the previous row (c-d), and you may need to attach more than one stitch to each thread bridge (d-e).
  • If the new row uses larger beads, you’ll need to skip thread bridges as you stitch the row (e-f).
  • Stacks of beads can be substituted for single beads by treating each stack as a single bead (f-g).
  • You can also alternate types of beads or single beads and stacks of an equal size (g-h).
[3] Pick up three 15/0 seed beads, and sew under the first thread bridge of the previous row, and up through the last 15/0 picked up (Figure 2, a-b). Pick up two 15/0s, sew under the next thread bridge, and up through the last 15/0 added (b-c). Continue across the row, sewing down through the last bead of the previous row on the last stitch (c-d).
Beaded brick stitch bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3
Beaded brick stitch bracelet Figure 4
Figure 4

[4] Sew back through the beadwork to exit the center of the last row of brick stitch. Pick up six 15/0s and the loop of half of the clasp, and sew back through the bead your thread exited (Figure 3). If you have an even number of beads in the last row, exit one of the two center beads, and sew down through the adjacent center bead after picking up the clasp (Figure 4). Retrace the thread path several times, and end the thread.

[5] Using the tail, repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other end of the bracelet.


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