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July 16, 2013

Simple Brick Stitch Seed Beaded Hoop

In between other projects, I have been working on my bead stitching.  It is a slow process, but I'm determined to get the hang of it.  I'm hoping someday to create something as wonderful as Miguel Ases.

This is brick stitch around a wire hoop frame.  I made the hoop frame using 20g copper wire.  

The hoop is 1.5 inches in diameter and tumbled to harden and polish.  I used size 11 Japanese seed beads with smoke colored fireline thread.  

The hoop is flattened to widen the end so the thread cannot slip off the hoop from that direction.  It doesn't seem to move at all, so that shouldn't be an issue but... just in case.

The earring is very pretty on - but I have to admit that it took a decent amount of time to make and I'm not sure it is worth it.  Actually, as I'm sitting here writing this, I've decided they are really pretty and I should at least invest the time to make the matching earring.

That was really what I was wondering as I was writing this blog post - should this be a practice earring or should I complete the set?

Since I have enough projects in the UFO bin (Un Finished Objects), I've decided to put in the time to finish this.  Who knows - maybe the second earring will be twice as fast!*

*wishful thinking


  1. I just LOVE this! Very inspiring. And I do so hope you made the matching earring :-)

    1. I'm so glad you love it - but I'm pretty sure I never made another one :(
      However, I've improved at brick stitch ALOT since then, so maybe I will try - plus I do have several of the hoop frames that I made at that time, all ready for beading. Thanks for the encouragement!