Saturday, September 29, 2018

Back Stitch Base Row Two Drop Bead Technique Tutorial

Base Row Technique For Brick Stitch Beading


Brick stitch must have a foundation to build from.  There are several ways to create a base row, also known as a foundation row, with beads.  In this tutorial, you will see how to create a Back Stitch Base Row with a two drop bead technique to create the first row of your bead pattern.  The beaded Back Stitch is generally associated with bead embroidery.  However, this stitch is applicable in creating a base row for brick stitch.  It is created by stringing the first row of two-bead stacks, then stitching back through each bead stack so they align side by side with the holes of the beads on the outside rather than facing each other (like they would when simply strung together).  This beading technique can be done with just about any type and size of seed bead.  However, disk beads, beads with multiple holes, and triangular beads are not recommended with this stitch.  Tube shaped beads, annular shaped beads (like Miyuki Delicas), barrel beads, cylinder shaped beads, crow beads, pony beads, and cube beads work well with the back stitch.

You can watch the following video or scroll down to see the individual slides of how to create a single needle ladder stitch base row for brick stitch beading with the single bead technique.

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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial
The Back Stitch Two Drop Bead technique tutorial is part of an educational video series on brick stitch beading techniques.  Scroll down to view each step.  Click on the images to view them larger.

Step 1:  Thread a stop bead on the end of your thread.  Be sure to leave at least a 6 inch tail of thread to later tie off your end.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 1

Step 2:  String your entire row of bead stacks (5 bead stacks of 2 each pictured) and slide them down to the stop bead.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 2

Step 3:  Thread the needle through the back of the second to last bead stack.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 3

Step 4:  Pull the thread so the last two bead stacks align side by side.  Keep the thread loose, but not so loose that the beadwork looses its' shape.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 4

Step 5:  Thread the needle from the back of the next bead stack and pull the thread so that the bead stack aligns side by side with the last bead stack.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 5

Step 6:  Thread the needle from the back of the next bead stack and pull the thread so that the bead stack aligns side by side with the last bead stack.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 6

Step 7:  Thread the needle from the back of the next bead stack and pull the thread so that the bead stack aligns side by side with the last bead stack.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 7

Step 8:  Check that all of the beads are aligned.  If not, pull the threads a little tighter.  Otherwise, you are ready to begin your brick stitch row.
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Beaded Back Stitch Two Drop Bead Tutorial Step 8


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