Once you have learned the basics of brick stitch, you are ready to move on to learn how to make the brick stitch increase and decrease. This will allow you to create a circular shape in flat brick stitch, or to make beaded beads in tubular brick stitch.
Brick Stitch Increase and Decrease
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a brick stitch increase. Basically squeeze two beads into a single stitch. Then how to make a decrease. Essentially miss out a stitch.
The brick stitch increase and decrease tutorial gives detailed instructions and uses diagrams to show the thread path you will need. It also gives you some handy tips.
There are a couple of common mistakes that people make when increasing or decreasing in brick stitch. So this tutorial explains what they are and gives help on how to avoid them. Brick stitch increases can also be used to bead around other beads or objects. This is the technique that I used to make the chocolate chip cookies in Sweet Treats book.
Although brick stitch is considered a basic, traditional bead-weaving technique, it is less often used for dimensional work than Peyote stitch.
Most commonly flat brick stitch is used to create shaped patterns and you may never need to increase or decrease in this context. The brick stitch increase really comes into its own when you begin using circular brick stitch.
Decreasing is commonly used for creating dimensional shaping. So you are likely to use this when working in tubular brick stitch.
If you want to know more about the techniques, you can find a basic brick stitch tutorial here. You should be familiar with this before you try the increase and decrease techniques. If you interested in creating flat shaping, then this tutorial also covers that topic. Once you have mastered the increase and decrease, you are ready to move on to tubular and circular brick stitch.