Here is the pattern for the brick stitch seed beaded cupcake earrings that are in my giveaway. They are really simple and quick to make! They would be a great first project using brick stitch. The earrings would also make a cute gift. You will need: a beading needle (I used size 13), beading thread (I used Toho One G, but a size B or thinner Nymo would work too), 2 red size 8/0 round seed beads for the cherry on top, 11/0 seed beads for the frosted top and loop, and cylinder seed beads for the bottom of the cupcake earring. You could use size 11/0 or cylinder seed beads for the whole thing, but I think that the different sizes/types of seed beads give the earring a little texture. It makes the frosting look more puffed up! P.S. Please check out my store, Dalghouse beads, for Toho seed beads and beading supplies. Okay....Here is the pattern. Click on pattern to enlarge:
Start in the center of the cupcake with 8 rows of two beads in each row using the ladder stitch. Next, work your way up the cupcake using brick stitch. You will stop when you get to the row that is only four beads wide. Go down one bead and up the next, then brick stitch on the 8/0 red bead in the very center of the four beads. Now you have a cherry! Scoop up 6 beads and go back down the cherry to make a loop for the ear wire. You will want to reinforce the loop by weaving your thread down and around the loop a few times. After you reinforce the loop, weave your thread down through the part that you have finished to the very bottom of your first row. Flip your piece. Now, using a cylinder type seed bead (like Treasures or Delicas) brick stitch the remaining part of the pattern...stopping when you get to the row with 4 beads. Tie off, and weave your ends through. You are finished!
Here is a finished pair:
check out this website for really helpful, free beading tutorials:http://www.beadseast.com/primers.html
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