Saturday, January 5, 2008

Brick Stitch

Brick Stitch
The Brick Stitch, also known as the Cheyenne Stitch or Comanche Stitch, is a bead weaving stitch with unknown origins in which individual beads are stacked upon each other much as bricks are stacked in a brick wall.

The technique has been used by Native Americans for many years. It has also been found in beadwork in Africa, the Middle East, and South America (Guatemalan examples use beads of size 22/0 and smaller.) [1]

As the other names imply this is an off-loom technique perfected by the Native Americans. It is a relative of another off-loom technique called Peyote stitch or Gourd Stitch. [2] A Brick Stitch pattern can be worked as a Peyote Stitch Pattern if you turn it 90 degrees.

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