If you know me, you know I’m not much of a blog hop person. I love the hopping but don’t get into the doing so much…..so I’m quite shocked at myself that I entered one! Big thanks to the hostess, my friend Diana Ptaszynski!

It’s a fair assessment to say that waxed linen is a staple for me. In fact, I would say I use it in about 75% of all my designs. I love the feel it lends to my particular style. I love it’s durability and I love the feel and flexibility it lends to pieces. I first learned about it when I used to do quite of bit of book binding, because my favorite bookbinding stitch uses it quite often. When I began making jewelry it was like a whole different world opened up with its use! In fact, the very first necklace I ever sold on Etsy years ago was with waxed linen!


This is the very first piece of jewelry I ever sold! Strung with waxed linen!

For the blog hop, I’ve really been wanting to figure out a way to use these African Vulcanite beads I picked up awhile back. I haven’t been able to work them into the right design quite yet….to be honest, they are testing my patience….I’ve ripped apart just about everything I’ve made with them so far! I really like the way this necklace came together but now the seeds beads are annoying me in this piece, so it may yet get a redo!


I wanted something simple and light and wearable for everyday that I could also layer with longer pieces….I’m all about long pieces these days…..so I used a petite feather charm from Green Girl Studios…On the back it says, “To thine own self be true”….. I spaced the vulcanite sections….They have a tendency not to be very flexible if you put too many together.


Then I added 6/0 picasso finished czech beads and some brass cubes for the shorter section. It’s okay, but I think I’ll be reworking that strand soon.



One of my favorite things about waxed linen is finishing it off and adding little  dangles using the tail! I love switching them up and I think it add just a little something extra!

Have fun hopping!

Diana Ptaszynski  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com   (Our HOSTESS!)

Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Linda Landig http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Vanessa Gilkes http://www.culturezine.com

Sandy Huntress http://keepsakecrafts.net

Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling http://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury http://www.Hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Rebecca Anderson http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina http://www.peru-medesigns.com

Cheryl Brown http://www.dragonflybeads.ca

Johana Nunez Rivera http://www.artincendi.com

Lori Bowring Michaud http://www.artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

Kelly Morgan http://www.silverparrotdesigns.blogspot.com

Barbara Bechtel http://secondsurf.com <<<<<——-YOU ARE HERE!

Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Heather Boardman http://www.heatherboardman.blogspot.com

Janet Bocciardi http://www.honeyfromthebee.com

Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Lesley Watt http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com

Susan Kolovson  http://www.beadinspired.blogspot.com

Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Cynthia Deis http://shinylittlethings.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan http://www.TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Erin Siegel http://www.erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com

Becky Pancake http://www.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson http://www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

Inge von Roos http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

Carolyn Lawson http://www.Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Linda Younkman http://www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com

Sandi Volpe http://www.sandivolpe.com

Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Michelle Mach http://www.michellemach.com/blog

Jen Cameron http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog

Dorothy Winchell http://www.winchell-clayworks.com/myblog

Darlene Mansue http://www.d7studioblog.blogspot.com

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23 Responses to Waxed Linen Blog Hop

  1. Diana P. says:

    I like the necklace a lot! One of the things I like about working with the linen is that you can easily re-do a section if you don’t like it. Chop, chop, snip, snip and start over. Thanks for joining in!!! PS send me all your beads! LOL!

  2. I love the spacing of the brightly colored beads along the twine. It looks like the perfect summer time necklace.

  3. Ann S says:

    I love your necklace! It’s delicate and earthy. Thanks also for naming the Vulcanite beads. I’ve always loved them but never knew that term.

  4. Hi Barbara, Kudos to you for joining this hop. It’s great that you showed your first sold piece. You made great color choices in it. I like the necklace that you created for this hop. It can be worn with almost any color.

  5. So light and wonderful for summer! I too love adding the charm dangles. It just seems what they’re there for!

  6. What a great necklace! I just love the bright colors of the beads.

  7. Kelsy says:

    Your second necklace is so delicate and pretty! Very nice.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Nice, just simply stated, but nice. I like how you put the necklace together.

  9. Karla Morgan says:

    I really like the simplicity of your necklace – the way you spaced the groups of beads & I love the focal, esp the saying – so very true!

  10. Kari Asbury says:

    Love the design with it’s simple style and pops of color! Looks great alone but I can also completely see it layered with other necklaces.

  11. Kathy Lindemer says:

    Your latest necklace is great. Well done!

  12. KJ says:

    Love the bright colored sections – perfect for summer!

  13. Sarajo Wentling says:

    I like how your necklace turned out… but I understand about wanting to rework something too. I appreciate how you left open lengths of the linen cord show through… it gives such a different look than just straight up knotting. Glad you hopped along with us!

  14. Kay says:

    I really like this. I think it looks great as it is. I’m not sure what volcanite is, but they look great in this design. I like the tails with the dangles, too.

  15. Linda Landig says:

    I love the light, airy look of your necklace. And the colors are perfect for the summer. It’s great!

  16. I love your necklace, it’s very delicate and summery! I didn’t know about those beads, thanks for the lesson! Also, how did you do the two strands in different lengths? Did you knot them at the clasp separately?

  17. Erin Siegel says:

    Barbara, I adore your sweet little necklace. It’s the perfect delicate, stylish piece to wear everyday. I love your style and it’s so me. I crave cute, casual jewelry I can wear everyday just like this piece.

  18. I love long necklaces on linen cord! Looks like the perfect piece for summer.

  19. Love that Aloha necklace. No wonder it was the first thing you sold. The other necklace is cool too. Maybe it’s the color combo that’s off. Perhaps a litter shade of Czech beads to go more with the happy colors of the other strand. Glad you joined us in the hop.

  20. Beautiful and enchanting, kind and gentle. What a wonderful necklace! The stacks, the Czech, the amazing way you add artistic touches to each detail, the clasp & threads & tails — superb! And I love that you use waxed linen in so many designs & your first professional work (oh how gorgeous that is as well!) — how I admire your work. Like the keys to the universe, I’m learning so much in our hop & am so grateful, inspired. Muchas gracias! Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

  21. Kashmir says:

    SO when I saw the first picture, i was like, what did the poor seed beads do, why does she not like them? Then I saw the picture of you wearing it, and i think it needs some weight and/or some color. I think you should add some brass bells to it, tee hee :) Love the colored section…very fun!

  22. Kristen says:

    Is there anything you can not do? Every single thing you put your creative muse to you completely rock!!!

  23. Gorgeous! I also like to make little dangles from the linen tails, I think it really adds something to the pieces!

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