At ThreadABead we have many 2D patterns using freeform edges, and these patterns don’t tend to come with textual instructions or word charts. This is for several reasons.
- Word charts are time consuming for us to check, and we like to keep our patterns as error free and as low priced as possible.
- We love freeform designs, that is designs that have irregular edges. This makes word charts much more complicated to write up.
- Patterns can be beaded in Brick Stitch or Peyote stitch depending on beader preference*.
- If you know how to read a picture pattern, there is really no need for a word chart. Additionally, by following a picture you can see if you have picked up the wrong bead a lot quicker.
* You can choose to use either using Brick Stitch or Peyote as the same pattern can be used for both stitches, they are just followed in different ways. Although Peyote stitch is the more popular stitch and can technically be used it is much more complicated on a freeform design, so we always recommend they be attempted in Brick stitch as it is a more versatile stitch for irregular shapes.
Occasionally there are some of you who are yet to learn the skill of following a graphical pattern using Brick Stitch, and so are restricted heavily on what you can and can’t bead from our site. This just will not do!
So in this section we take you through how to Brick Stitch an irregular shaped design. You will see it is actually a very easy and useful skill to master and during the process you will create a beautiful pair of strawberry earrings.
We have aimed this document at beginners to beading and no prior knowledge of Brick Stitch is required.