Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop


Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio thought it would be fun to host a jewelry blog hop based around using Irish waxed linen and I thought it would be fun to join.

According to jewelry maker Erin Siegel, “waxed linen cord is a strong, durable and versatile material that works great for knotting, braiding and bead stringing. It’s made up of fine threads twisted together that’s referred to as “ply”. The waxy coating on the cord helps make well-defined, crisp knots and holds them in place without the need for glue.The highest quality cord is Irish waxed linen cord made by Crawford Threads in Belfast, Ireland.”

This was my first time using Irish wax linen cord and I found I enjoyed working with it. I made two necklaces.

I made the first necklace using round lampwork beads that I had made. I strung them on four strands of 4-ply cord and double knotted in between each bead. This necklace is very comfortable to wear and drapes nicely.



For the second necklace I used three strands of 4-ply cord and braided them together with Japanese seed beads. The length is adjustable and I was able to hang a pendant from it. I made the first pendant with a lampwork bead that I had made.



Big thanks to Diana for hosting this hop, getting me to make some new and different things, and getting me to finally use Irish waxed linen.  I liked it much better than the nylon cording I had used before.

Now check out what the others have made:

Diana Ptaszynski  

Kelsy Vincent



Susan Kennedy



Linda Landig



Kashmira Patel



Jenny Davies-Reazor



Vanessa Gilkes



Sandy Huntress



Kay Thomerson



Sarajo Wentling



Kari Asbury



Rebecca Anderson



Melissa Trudinger



Ann Schroeder



Shai Williams



Blanca Medina



Cheryl Brown



Johana Nunez Rivera



Lori Bowring Michaud


Kelly Morgan



Barbara Bechtel



Kristen Stevens



Heather Boardman



Janet Bocciardi



Kathy Lindemer



Lesley Watt



Susan Kolovson  



Jayne Capps



Michelle McCarthy




Cynthia Deis



Karla Morgan

Erin Siegel



Becky Pancake



Kelly Hosford Patterson




Sharyl McMillian-Nelson



Inge von Roos



Carolyn Lawson

Linda Younkman



Sandi Volpe



Toltec Jewels



Michelle Mach



Jen Cameron



Dorothy Winchell



Darlene Mansue





About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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18 Responses to Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop

  1. Such pretty colors! Don’t you love how the linen gives that lovely drape that stringing wire just can’t match?

  2. I really like the first necklace. The double knots really adds a nice accent to the design

  3. beadlove says:

    Your first necklace is so fun and pretty. I also like the double knotting as a way to feature the linen and color. I love how you braided in the seed beads in the second necklace. Such a lovely look.

  4. Lesley Watt says:

    Love the effect of the double knotting and you second piece is so pretty.

  5. I especially like the thick knots in your first necklace. It’s a nice way to add a little color in between the beads.

  6. Diana P. says:

    Love both pieces and they are both necklaces I would wear. Thank you for participating!

  7. Hi Inge, The first necklace is lovely. You made beautiful lampworked beads. The second necklace is my favorite. I appreciate the texture that the seed beads add.

  8. Isn’t working with waxed linen addictive? I really love that first necklace and how you double knotted between your beads. The braiding in the second necklace is a cool effect too!

  9. Kari Asbury says:

    Love the double knots in the first necklace…really makes the beads you used stand out and adds nicely to the design!

  10. Beautiful pieces, Love the first necklace and the double knotting that you did. It really gives the piece a nice look.

  11. Kay says:

    These turned out so pretty. I especially like your first necklace. It’s really different with the double knots in between the beads. I’ve only seen single knots between the beads before. And love the color in it.

  12. Very pretty Inge! I love your first necklace and how it shows off your beads, and I love the seed beads in your second necklace! So pretty!

  13. Great idea to braid the thread with seed beads! I love the colors.

  14. Erin Siegel says:

    Both necklaces are lovely. I love how you showed different ways to use the linen cord. This really shows off the diversity of the material. You are also very clever in how you made the necklaces adjustable with the loop and bead closure. You’re knotting and braiding look wonderful.

  15. Kelsy says:

    I love the double knotted look of the first necklace. That is a really cool detail that makes all the difference in the final look of the necklace. I would have never thought to do that!

  16. Kashmira says:

    Love the multiple knots on the first necklace, and the braiding on the second is so sweet and delicate!

  17. mtrudinger says:

    Great pieces, Inge! Love them both.

  18. diamondzul says:

    Great Idea…..Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

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