Squirrels and Acorns Brick Stitch Collar Chain with TOHO Aiko Seed Beads
designed byBecky Dahl
Approximate Size5 1/2 Inches
These little squirrels are gathering up their acorns, getting ready for fall and winter!
Collar chains can be worn on shirt collars as a fun accessory for any ensemble. They also make cute accessories on jean jackets and can be used as sweater chains. This collar chain features brick stitch squirrels on either end, with dangling acorns between them. Becky used TOHO Aiko seed beads for consistent color and precise shape.
Create a brick stitch squirrel using the PDF diagram below. You will be increasing and decreasing the stitch throughout the rows. Start with a ladder stitch at the bottom of the squirrel, with row 1. The row numbers and arrows on the diagram indicate which direction you are stitching for each row. Once you've completed one squirrel, repeat for a matching set of squirrels.
Use the PDF Diagram to create a brick stitch acorn. Start with the base of the acorn cap (the row with the number 1 on the diagram). Work your way to the top of the cap and then weave down to continue the rows for the body of the acorn. Once you've completed one acorn, repeat twice for a total of three acorns.
Add a new thread to one of the squirrels and stitch a silver-plated ¾-inch pin back with 2 holes onto the back. Repeat for the other squirrel, stitching on the other side of the squirrel, so that they face toward each other on the collar chains.
Cut a length of antique brass-plated Figaro chain approximately three inches long. Attach one end to the jump ring on one of your squirrels. Attach the other end of chain to the jump ring on your other squirrel.
Attach a jump ring to the bead at the top of a brick stitch acorn. Cut a single link from the antique brass-plated leaf chain. It should have two leaves dangling from it. Open a jump ring and add the jump ring on your acorn and the leaf chain link. Attach this dangle to the center of your chain. Repeat twice, adding each dangle to either side of the center dangle.
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