Skill Levels

Do you have Skillz!?

Just like in a video game, beading even has skill levels.  The following are descriptions of what I believe a beader should be able to do at each skill level.  It is also how I decide what skill level a pattern should be categorized as.  What level are you?


Beginner Brick Stitcher:
  • create a base row with a ladder stitch
  • build brick stitch rows evenly and uniformly
Advanced Beginner Brick Stitcher:
  • increase a brick stitch row by one bead
  • decrease a brick stitch row by one bead
  • follow and understand beginner bead patterns
Intermediate Brick Stitcher:
  • build two and three drop brick stitches
  • increase single drop brick stitch rows by more than one bead
  • decrease single drop brick stitch rows by more than one bead
  • tube bead or 'bead in the round'
  • follow and understand intermediate bead patterns
As an intermediate brick stitch beader, you should also know the different types and sizes of beads, threads, needles, and how using them will affect your beaded piece.

Advanced Brick Stitcher:
  • skip single and multiple beads creating holes in rows of both flat and tube beaded pieces (lace brick stitch)
  • increase two and three drop brick stitch rows by multiple beads
  • decrease two and three drop brick stitch rows by multiple beads
  • brick stitch in layers to create texture or 3d shapes
  • follow and understand advanced  brick stitch patterns 
As an advanced brick stitch beader, you should be able to create and modify patterns to conform to a specific shape or size.




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