Sweater Guard with Gold-Filled Chain, Czech Glass Seed Beads and Feathers

The seed beaded sweater guard is a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s when bobby-soxers pinned each end of a sweater guard to the upper lapels or collar of the sweater. Sweaters were often worn over the shoulders and the sweater guard would ensure the garment didn't fall off, especially when doing a fancy swing step.

STEP 1
Using side-cutting pliers, cut one of each of the following lengths of flat rectangle chain:
  • 11-1/2 inches
  • 12-1/2 inches
  • 13-1/2 inches
STEP 2
Using chain-nose pliers open a jumpring. Pass the open ring through a hole along the outside row of holes on one perforated disc, then add on the last link on one end of each length of chain, adding them in order of length, working from shortest to longest so the chains rest on the back side of the disc. Close the jumpring.
STEP 3
Using side-cutting pliers or the FiberFuse™ Thread Burner, cut a 4-yard length of Berkley FireLine. Thread a needle onto one end of the thread.
STEP 4
Thread a seed bead onto the thread and pass it to the end, leaving a 4-inch tail. Pass the needle back through the seed bead so you've completed a loop around the bead, holding it in place. This is a stop bead and will hold the thread in place temporarily.
STEP 5
Pass the needle through the hole next to the jumpring, working from the back to the front side. Pull the thread until the stop bead is against the disc.
STEP 6
Thread on a fall-color mix of ten size 11 seed beads, then pass the needle back down through the same hole.
STEP 7
Pass the needle up through the next hole along the outside edge, thread on a mix of ten size 11 seed beads then pass the needle back down through the hole.

Repeat all the way around the outside row on the disc. Once you reach the hole with the jumpring (added in Step 2), pass the needle up through that hole, thread on a mix of ten seed beads then pass the needle back down through the hole. Remove the stop bead added in Step 4, then tie the working thread and the tail thread in a surgeon's knot.
STEP 8
Pass the thread up through the nearest hole, in the second row of holes. Repeat adding beads around this row of holes as you did for the outside row.
STEP 9
Pass the thread up through the center hole, thread on a mix of ten seed beads then pass the thread back down through the hole.
STEP 10
Pass the thread up through a hole in the second row. Thread on a mix of ten size 11 seed beads, then pass the thread down through the next hole over in the second row. Pass the thread up through the center hole, thread on a mix of ten size 11 seed beads then pass the thread down through the center hole again, creating a second loop.

Pass the thread up through the next hole over in the second row, and add a mix of ten size 11 seed beads between each hole in the second row.

Repeat adding a row of beads between the holes along the outside row
STEP 11
Pass the thread from the back to the front on the next hole on the outside row, thread on:
  • Two size 11 seed beads
  • One size 8 bead
  • Two size 11 seed beads
  • One size 8 bead
  • Two size 11 seed beads
Pass the thread down through the next hole along the outside edge.

Repeat along the outside row, adding loops of beads spanning the space between two holes along the outside row.
STEP 12
Pass the thread from the back to the front through the next hole along the outside row, pick up the same mix of beads used in Step 11 and pass the thread back down through the next hole. Repeat around the outside row, adding loops, between the loops already in place along this row.

As you make your way around the disc, your working thread winds up at your tail thread again. Tie the threads together using an overhand knot.

Use side-cutting pliers or the thread burner to trim the thread.
STEP 13
Repeat Steps 2 - 12 for a second disc.
STEP 14
Using a pair of scissors, trim any excess length from bottom of a feather. Repeat for a second feather. Apply a drop of Loctite 409 to the end of each feather and an area along the back side of the disc where the feathers will be attached. Press the feathers and the perforated disc together.

Apply adhesive to a flat back pad of one tie tack and press to the back of the disc. Hold for a few seconds then set the assembly aside overnight so the adhesive fully cures.

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