Dangly Brick Stitch Hoop Earrings

How to Stitch Beads to the Insides of Metal Hoops With Brick Stitch

You can use brick stitch to weave rows of beads on the insides of ready made metal hoops. The embellished circles make beautiful earring drops and pendants. In this free tutorial, we make them into elegant earrings.

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    Brick Stitch Inside Hoop Materials

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    The completed brick stitch hoop earrings. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    You'll need the following materials to make a pair of earrings like the ones shown in the example.

    Beads

    • 130 (about 1.2 grams) size 11 round seed beads in galvanized gold (A)
    • 26 size 15 round seed beads in metallic purple iris (B)

    The bold capital letters above are the bead key for this tutorial.

    • Learn more about the annotations used in beading patterns.

    Beading Supplies

    • 2 matte 30mm gold plated textured pendant rings
    • 4-pound, size B FireLine beading thread in crystal
    • Hobby knife (Xacto) or...MORE children's craft scissors
    • Size 12 beading needle
    • Thread burner
    • 2 gold-plated jump rings
    • 2 gold-plated French hook ear wires
    • chain nose and flat nose pliers (or one of each)

    You may also want to have on hand one or more bead dishes or a bead mat

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    Starting the Brick Stitch on the Hoop

    Inside Brick Stitch Hoop Earring Tutorial
    Adding the first bead to the inside of the hoop. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Pull and cut an arms span length of FireLine. For an arms span, pull the thread out away from the spool as wide as your arms will go. Be sure to cut the FireLine with a sharp craft knife or children's craft scissors; it is too strong to cut with most regular beading scissors.

    Squeeze the very end of the cut thread with your fingernails, teeth of a plier to flatten it, and thread the needle. Fold over about six inches of thread for single-strand beadweaving.

    Pick up 1 size 11 galvanzied gold...MORE bead (A) and slide it down about 8 inches from the end of the thread. Place it beneath one of the metal hoops. Bring the needle up on the front side of the hoop, and pass back through the bead in the opposite direction that you strung it.

    Hold the bead between your fingers and gently pull the thread to take up its slack (but don't pull it through so far that you shorten the 8-inch thread tail).

    The bead should now be against the hoop, with the thread looped around the hoop.

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    Tie a Square Knot

    Brick Stitch Inside Hoop Earring Tutorial
    The square knot helps keep the thread in place. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Use the two threads exiting the top of the bead to tie a square knot. This knot will help the first bead remain in position while you stitch the next few beads.

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    Stitch the Second Bead

    Brick Stitch Hoop Earrings Instructions
    Stitching the second bead into place. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Make sure your needle is on the back side of the hoop (the side facing away from you). Then pick up a second bead and slide it down beside the first bead. I do this by holding the second bead near the frame with one hand, and using my other hand to pull the thread through.

    Hold the second bead in place with your fingers and bring the needle below the frame and up to the front side. Pass back up through the second bead, and pull the thread taut.

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    Stitch the Third Bead

    Brick Stitch Hoop instructions
    Adding a third bead to the hoop. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Repeat Step 2 to stitch a third bead up against the second bead. Remember to always begin the stitch with your needle behind the frame, pick up the bead, and then bring the needle to the front of the frame before passing back up through the bead.

    Your first three beads should look like those in the photo on the left (please click to enlarge).

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    Complete the First Round

    Brick Stitch Hoop Earrings
    Completing the first round of brick stitch. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Keep stitching on beads until you reach the beginning of the round. To make earrings just like the ones in the example, make sure that the total number of beads you have is divisible by 3. For the 30mm hoops, I stitched 39 beads in the first round.

    Tip: If you use galvanized gold beads, you may encounter a few that stick on your needle because their holes are slightly too small. Set those aside and save them for another project, or switch to a size 15 needle to use them now.

    As with most beadwork...MORE thread tension is important: keep it relatively tight. Also, take the time to position each bead flush against the one before it, to avoid gaps between beads.

    After stitching the last bead in the round, pass the needle down through the first bead in the round, and then up through the last bead in the round again. Pull the thread taut. This locks the first and last beads together with thread.

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    Begin the Second Round of Beads

    Brick Stitch Earring Tutorial
    Beginning the second round of brick stitch. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Begin the second round by picking up 2A. This is where traditional brick stitch begins. Make sure the needle is on the back of the hoop, and then pass forward beneath the bridge of thread that runs between the second and third beads along in the first round. (That is, skip over one bridge of thread and pass beneath the next one.)

    Pull the thread gently taut. Then, while holding the 2A in place with your fingers, pass back up through the second of those two beads, and pull the thread taut again.

    In...MORE the middle photo on the left, notice how I'm pinning the thread between my fingers toward the bottom of the photo. I do this to keep the thread tension taut so that the new bead remains in position while I pass up through it with the needle. The needle is in my other hand.

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    Stitch the Third Bead in the Second Round

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    Third bead in second round stitched. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Pick up 1B. Make sure the needle is behind the hoop, and then pass it forward beneath the very next bridge of thread in the first round. Pull the thread gently taut, then pass back up through the 1B. Make sure that your needle passes in front of the bridge of thread (otherwise, the bead will fall off).

    Tip: Use the index finger of the hand holding your beadwork to gently press the bead toward you. This helps you pass the needle in front of the bridge of thread.

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  • 09 of 13

    Complete the Second Round of Beads

    Beading Inside Hoop Earrings Instructions
    Completing the second round of brick stitch. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Use this same technique to stitch beads all the way around the inside of the hoop, repeating the following motif: 1A, 1A, 1B. Be careful not to skip any bridges of thread.

    When you reach the beginning of the second round, pass down through the first bead and up through the last bead again to lock these two beads together, just like you did in the first round (Step 6).

    The beads may look a little jumbled because of the tight fit, but you should be able to straighten them out quite a bit with your...MORE fingertips after completing all of the stitches.

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    Weave-In the Thread

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    Weaving the thread in to finish the hooop. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Weave-in the thread by passing down and up through the beadwork several times, and keeping the thread pulled taut. Click on the image on the left for a better view of my suggested thread path.

    Remove the needle and thread it onto the thread tail. Use the same technique to weave-in this end of the thread.

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    Trim the Thread Tails With a Thread Burner

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    Using a thread burner ready to trim the thread. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Because we're using FireLine, which is tricky to cut accurately, the best method for trimming off the thread tails is to use a thread burner.

    The trick is to hold the thread out taut when you touch the hot tip of the burner to the base of the thread, close to where it exits the beadwork. I do this by wrapping the thread around my finger a couple of times, and using that finger to pull the thread taut (click the photo on the left for a larger view).

    Cut both thread tails, being very careful not...MORE to touch any other threads in the beadwork -- or your fingers -- with the hot tip of the burner.

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    Assemble the Earrings

    Tutorial Beaded Hoops with Brick Stitch
    The beautiful beaded earrings. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    Use pliers to attach a jump ring to each hoop, and to attach an ear wire to each jump ring. Use the same technique you'd use to attach a clasp with jump rings.

    Enjoy your new earrings!  

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    Pendants with brick stitch inside and outside a link
    Pendants with brick stitch inside and outside a link. Lisa Yang

     Once you have mastered brick stitch inside a hoop, you may want to try this tutorial to add a row of beads on the inside and outside of a hoop.  This component makes a great pendant or earrings

    Edited by Lisa Yang