tips & tricks :: golden mandala + brick stitch tutorial

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i finished up my golden mandala! i'm really happy with the monochrome stitching, AND i really love all of the color variations that i see in the #cozybluestitchclub feed!

sometimes the hardest part of embroidery is choosing which colors to use. but, there's so many good colors, it's hard to go wrong.

i've gotten several questions about how to embroider brick stitch, so i made a quick video tutorial for it:
(if the video below doesn't play, you can use this link to open it in another window)

brick stitch starts with a row of simple back stitch. the next row is just another row of back stitch, offset -- like bricks or subway tiles. then, repeat the rows to fill whatever shape you're stitching.

you want to keep all of your stitches the same length EXCEPT for the stitches at the ends of each row. the end stitches will be either full length or half (long or short) to allow for the brick pattern.

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hope that is helpful! i used brick stitch in my golden mandala, and i also plan to use it in the february stitch club pattern.
pattern packs shipped out on the 1st, and i know a few of you have gotten them. here's a sneak peek for those of you who want a preview :)

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curious about my stitch club? in a nutshell, it's a pattern of the month club. you get club-exclusive brand new (pre-printed) patterns, floss to go with it, all at a great price.
patterns are shipped every month on the 1st.

click here to learn more

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be sure to check out other cozyblue stitching tips & tricks!

and for more embroidery inspiration and tutorials, be sure to check out#cozybluestitchingtipsandtricks and my embroidery board on pinterest