Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop.....Yep I did it.

Welcome to the Irish Waxed Linen Hop hosted by the lovely Diana of Suburban Girl Studio!

I have seen projects done with it and I thought it would be cool so I mentioned to Diana that I would love to give it a shot but getting some right now was not a possibility.  I have the best friends because we worked up a little trade and she sent me some with a couple of coordinating beads of hers (swoon).  She is always so encouraging if you want to start something new.  I had heard of Irish waxed linen but I had never worked with it.  So for those of you who are not familiar with it here is what I found out about it.

As its name implies, waxed linen thread is a thick thread made from linen fibers. The thread is coated with a thin layer of wax, which gives it strength, weight and durability. Waxed linen thread is used in a variety of crafts and sewing projects.

As per usual I did not get pictures of the little kit she sent but I have now made a promise to myself and you that I will make sure to have my phone on hand when opening packages and get pictures right then and there.  Any way I went directly to Pinterest to see what I could find.  The first thing that popped up was this awesome YouTube Tutorial.

It is an excellent way to start using waxed linen and it uses seeds so you know I was hooked!  AND I was able to use this incredible button I have been hoarding of Diana's!  I love the glaze she used on this!

I also have to tell you the color she sent me Williamsburg Blue is amazing!!!  I wanted to do a triple wrap bracelet but I did not measure correctly but that is perfectly fine because I love love this bracelet. 

The next thing I wanted to try is a necklace.  I know I was being a bit over zealous but the color of the second kit just inspired the use of yet another one of Diana's flower pendants I had.

This turned out awesome but I still need to find a way to finish the clasp part.  If not Shelby swears she will steal it and make it a choker.

I wanted to know if it was the linen or the weaving that I was enjoying so I also decided to try it with some other cord I had lying around and an awesome shank button by Lisa Peters.

While I did enjoy the process of weaving and love this bracelet I would definitely prefer to use the linen.  It is stiffer and seems to stay where you put it much better.  So where can you find some?  Well I searched for you and guess what?  I found awesome colors, price and hey she is awesome!  Go check out Mary of White Clover Kiln.  Just look at this awesome selection!

So there is my part of the hop please go check out what everyone else has done. I will be doing my hopping on Sunday as today as you are reading I am either getting ready to leave, on our way or actually riding the trails for the first time on 4 wheelers!  I am very excited.

Diana Ptaszynski 
Susan Kennedy
Blanca Medina
Cheryl Brown
Johana Nunez Rivera
Kelly Morgan
Barbara Bechtel
Heather Boardman
Susan Kolovson
Jayne Capps
Michelle McCarthy
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Linda Younkman

Sandi Volpe
Toltec Jewels
Darlene Mansue

Have fun!!



  1. All fabulous designs Kristen 0 the res and black is particularly spectacular though.

  2. I knew I'd make a convert out of you! You always make the most amazing things! I may have to send you MORE linen! Thanks for joining in!

  3. That green flower necklace is especially pretty. What a lot of knotting!

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  4. Hi Kristen, If you had not said so I would not have know that this was your first time using waxed linen. All of your pieces are beautiful. You showcased Diana's incredible blue button perfectly. Your green necklace is so fresh and feminine. It is my favorite. I like the black and red too, even if it is not waxed linen. I too have used other cording and I also prefer working with the waxed linen. Mine came from Mary also.

  5. I can't believe this is your first try at waxed linen. Your pieces are so great. I love the beads on the outside of the first bracelet and have bookmarked that tutorial to go back to later.

  6. That button bracelet is adorable. I can see why you love it. I bet we see more from you or at least we should!

  7. The black and red bracelet is so cute. I love the rose closure you used.

  8. Oh I am so glad that you joined in! All of your designs are just gorgeous. I especially like the first bracelet. It looks so comfortable to wear.

  9. I love the black and red bracelet, it makes me think of flamenco dancers. And the green necklace is so soft and pretty; but that first bracelet is my definite fave! Love the colors, and the shape of the beads. Way to go girl!

  10. Fabulous designs! So glad Diana gifted you some goodies so you could play along!

  11. I love the green necklace! I'm going to have to check out that tutorial.

  12. I would have never guessed that you were a waxed linen newbie! Great work. That bracelet is fantastic!

  13. Everything you touch seems to turn to gold! That last beacelet with Lisa's red focal is drop dead gorgeous!

  14. Wow, you did great for working with the linen for the first time. Both pieces are great, but I really like that green flower necklace. Very pretty.

  15. Oh. My. Goodness. I am in awe of what you created. I can't believe these were your first attempts! You are amazing, my friend!

  16. Beautiful work. Love that green necklace and the knotting you did in all the pieces is really great.

  17. Kristen, wow, you did a great job for not having done this before! I love your bracelet too, and that necklace is awesome! I have that pendant in pink for my mom but haven't made her anything yet, you have inspired me!

  18. Hi Kristen,
    You always amaze me with your creations, these are gorgeous. Don't you just love learning new techniques and finding that you enjoy them.

  19. How pretty! I especially love your necklace. It really has such a nice flow to it with the linen cord and the beads just pop!

  20. Well, Kristen. Looking at these pieces you made, I never would have guessed this was your first time working with waxed linen. You're knots are perfection! I love all three pieces you created. Wonderful job!

  21. For someone who never worked with this kind of thread you did a bang up job. I would love to know how you did the shank button bracelet.

  22. All your pieces are lovely. I find myself liking the blue and red bracelet the best.

  23. I love the green flower necklace. Why not a waxed linen loop and button for the clasp....

  24. Loving all three...but that bracelet's gotta be my favorite. Its so neatly done! So delicate

  25. Lovely pieces -- you wouldn't know it's your first attempt! Love the necklace, so pretty!

  26. Awesome work ! All 3 pieces are gorgeous and it would be very difficult to pick just one winner as they are ALL winners.

    I'm off to check out that tutorial video - thanks for sharing the link.

  27. Gorgeous pieces! I love the very different look to all three of them. Has Shelby stolen the green one yet? lol!


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