This bluebird makes me so happy. I could see him flying into any style â€“ earrings, pins, you name it!
You can use the brick stitch to create almost any shape you want. All it takes is clever increases and decreases on the stitch. We like to use TOHO Treasure seed beads with this stitch, as they line up nicely and are very consistent. The colors are outstanding, too. See more inspiration for small brick stitch pieces and even some peyote stitch projects in this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Working with about 1 1/2 yards of thread, add a stopper bead with a 10-inch tail (you will use the tail to add the feet of the bird later). The stopper bead will help you keep track of orientation when you are flipping your project.
To start the brick stitch, make a ladder stitch with four TOHO Treasure 11/0 opaque cornflower seed beads, as shown in fig. 1 of the Hello Bluebird PDF Diagram. We're starting with the row at the base of the bluebird's body and working our way up. Flip the beads over so that the thread is coming out of the top.
Start the next row with an increase, as shown in fig. 5 of the PDF Diagram. Start the next row with an increase as well. After adding the first two beads of this row and with your thread coming out of the first bead in the row, add an extra bead with the ladder stitch. Weave back to the third bead in the row and continue the stitch to end the row on an increase.
Continue the next row on an increase, as shown in fig. 6 of the PDF Diagram. Create the next row with an increasing brick stitch. Create the third row with an increasing brick stitch. End the row on an increase and add an extra bead with the ladder stitch. With your thread coming out of the second bead in the row, start the next row with an increase. End the row with an increase. Create the last row using increasing brick stitch.
Start the next row with decreasing brick stitch, as shown in fig. 7 of the PDF Diagram. Add three cornflower beads, five aqua/Capri beads, and four cornflower beads to this row. Start the next row with a decrease and use only three cornflower beads. Weave your thread so that it is coming out of the darker wing bead shown on the diagram. Start a new row with a decrease using only four aqua/Capri beads. Start the next row with an increase and end with a decrease. The next row is decreasing. Start the next row with an increase and add only two wing beads. Weave your thread back into the body to secure and trim.
Use your tail or start a new thread to add the feet, as shown in fig. 8 of the PDF Diagram. With your thread coming out of the second seed bead in the first row of the body, add two jonquil beads to the thread. Go back through the first jonquil bead and the second bead in the last row of the body. Go up through the next bead over and add two more jonquil seed beads. Go back through the first jonquil bead and down through the last bead in the last row of the body. Weave your thread back into the body to secure and trim.
Use our Brick Stitch Findings Kit to turn your bluebird into a piece of jewelry. We made two bluebirds and turned them into a collar chain. Stitch a jump ring from the kit onto each blue bird using the diagrams included with the kit. Then, cut a length of chain approximately 5-6 inches long and attach each bluebird to each end of the chain.
List of Components TOHO Treasure 11/0 Opaque Cornflower Seed Bead 2.5-Inch Tube (TTB11-43D, qty 1) TOHO Treasure 11/0 Inside-Color Aqua/Capri-Lined Seed Bead 2.5-Inch Tube (TTB11-932, qty 1) TOHO Treasure 11/0 Inside-Color Jonquil/Burnt Orange-Lined Seed Bead 2.5-Inch Tube (TTB11-950, qty 1) TOHO Treasure 11/0 Opaque Frosted Jet Seed Bead 2.5-Inch Tube (TTB11-49F, qty 1)
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