1. Begin with a ladder of beads, and position the thread to exit the top of the last bead. Brick stitch naturally increases or decreases at the start and end of each row, depending upon where you attach the first and last stitches of the row.
2. To work the typical method, which result in progressively decreasing rows, pick up to beads. Sew under the thread bridge between the second and third beads in the previous row from back to front. Sew up through the second bead added, down through the first bead, and back up through the second bead.
3. For the row’s remaining stitches, pick up one bead. Sew under the next thread bridge in the previous row from back to front. Sew back up through the new bead. The last stitch in the row will be positioned above the last two beads in the row below, and the row will be one bead shorter than the ladder.
Brick Stitch Increase
A single increase at one end of the row will keep the number of beads the same as in the previous row. To increase at the beginning of a row, work a typical brick stitch, but start by sewing under the thread bridge between the first two beads in the previous row. To increase at the end of the row, add a second stitch t the final thread bridge on the previous row.