Monday, March 17, 2014

LBS Brick Stitch program (finally!)

You know all that preparation I've been doing for the Loose Bead Society brick stitch program?  Tonight was the night!  If that doesn't sound familiar, you can catch up here, here, and here.

For the LBSers who asked about my bracelet, click here for the instructions I told you about.

The program started out a bit shaky with me in front of a very crowded room trying to quickly and succinctly explain how to do brick stitch without them having much context.  There were a lot of confused faces looking at me, which made me stammer around a bit more.  Eventually I cut them loose to start working, and I walked around helping out and answering questions.  I also walked my brick stitch bracelet around so they could see how repeating the motif could make a bracelet.

I got many wonderful compliments from folks, and that meant a lot to me.  I worked very hard on this design and the instructions, and a number of people helped by choosing colors, making kits, being table captains, and more.  I'm very glad this went so well.  Yeah, a number of people had problems "getting it", but not everyone stitches.  Of the people I talked to, even those who had problems did eventually understand it enough to finish the project.  At least that's what it seemed to me.

I only took a few pictures.  Carol took some pictures of me because I foolishly asked her to so I could put one in my blog, and she e-mailed them as soon as she got home.  Isn't she great?  Thanks, Carol!

Here are a few women who I specifically asked if I could put them in my blog:

That's an action shot.  It looks like she's really fast, doesn't it?

They're smiling, so they must be doing well!

Something I found interesting was that a few people made some variations while they were learning the stitch.  One person left out the Rizos (the bumpy beads in the middle), and a few people attached the bottom of the stitched part to the frame instead of letting it dangle.  One of the bottom-attachers (that sounds naughty, but it really isn't), added some embellishment around the attachment:

The picture isn't as clear as I'd like it to be, but you get the idea.  I didn't catch her name, so if anyone knows, please e-mail me at, and I'll add her name here.

I really hope everyone enjoyed themselves.  I did!

Here's a happy Traci:


  1. Are you still mad that I volunteered you to teach the brick stitch? I just knew you'd be able to teach it well.

    1. Not at all, my friend, but I AM glad it's over. :)