Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Linen Blog Hop Project - The Tordu Linen Bracelet

I was so excited to join in the Waxed Linen Blog Hop. I'm addicted to using linen in my designs. It just adds the right pop of color and I'm always amazed how it works with so many other types of materials. This bracelet is made with our #20 ball chain. That's big. The teeny strands of linen seem too fine to stand up to the chain, until they are wrapped and twisted around. Suddenly, they are colorful and substantial. 

This project also includes directions for making a little linen tassel. I LOVE tassels...and I love making little ones, too. I can use just about anything to make a tassel on-I've used a ruler, a scrap of cardboard, even my phone! In this case, I used a handy Sharpie marker. 

One note about this bracelet-the wrapping can make the chain a little stiff at first. After wearing it for an hour, the stiffness goes away.

I hope you enjoy my project tutorial-the full instructions, including a printable how-to, can be found here. If you are a pinner (I am!) there's a pinnable image at the bottom of this post, just for you!

I'm going to be giving away a kit to make one of my bracelets - in the color shown above - to one winner randomly selected from the commenters on this blog post. Yes, I'll ship it to you anywhere in the world! And that REALLY BIG ball chain I used in the project is 40% off this weekend only...check it out right here. 

UPDATE: Susan won the kit! We use to pick the winner. We count the number of commentators, discarding any anonymous commentators (as they can't win!) We then plug the numbers into their random number generator. Susan's number popped up! Thanks for playing. 

The other hoppers are listed below. Please visit them and check out their projects. I'm going to be doing that all weekend. 

Diana Ptaszynski (our Waxed Linen Blog Hop leader)
Kelsy Vincent
Susan Kennedy
Linda Landig
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 Caps
Sharyl McMillan-Nelson
Michelle McCarthy
Karla Morgan
Erin Siegel
Becky Pancake
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Inge von Roos
Carolyn Lawson
Linda Younkman
Sandi Volpe
Toltec Jewels
Michelle Mach
Jen Cameron
Dorothy Winchell
Darlene Mansue

(and these ARE all links, I have no idea why some are underlined, some are brown, some are purple...Blogger is being finicky this week...just click 'em, they work!)


  1. Great design, colors are perfect for summer!

  2. Wow, I didn't know ball chain came that big! I love how you wrapped the linen twine between the beads. What a great bracelet.

  3. Cynthia, this bracelet is so cute and clever. Love it. Donna

  4. I love this design! You always come up with such great ideas. Thanks for the instructions! I visit Ornamentea every time I visit Raleigh.

  5. That's a cute bracelet! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and a chance to win the kit.

  6. Love the use of the linen threads making them more substantial in this bracelet and thanks for the tutorial!

  7. I love this bracelet. I had no idea ball chain came that big. Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win a kit! AND bonus - instructions for making a tassel. I am loving those lately too.

  8. There are so many ways you can used waxed linen. It's nice to see what you did and how. Plus I like the coral and turquoise together with the brass

    1. Susan-you won the giveaway! Can you message me on facebook OR email me at to let me know how we can get your kit to you! Congrats!

  9. I like to way you used the linen. You've given me some new ideas! Love the colors in your bracelet! :)

  10. Oh my goodness this bracelet is just adorable! I would have never thought of using the materials this way. I love it!!

  11. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Great bracelet!

  12. This is seriously very cool and not something I ever would have come up with in my own head. I love how outside the box you think. Thanks for participating and thanks for offering up a sweet giveaway!

  13. Love this design! So seasonal and now PEACHY and BEACHY .... Just get it on lol ;-D

  14. I didn't even know they made ball chain that big! I bet this pretty bracelet works up really quickly, which is always a bonus to me!

  15. Hi Cynthia, Your bracelet is unique and beautiful. Thanx for the chance to win one of your kits.

  16. Anonymous7:00 PM

    Love the colors!! Something new too.

  17. Love the spring! The way you used the linen to wrapped around that huge ball chain is really cool!

  18. This is so cute-- I may need some GIANT ball chain!

  19. What a cool looking bracelet and in my favorite color! I would love to win a kit to make one.

  20. I love this. I like the way it wraps between the ball chain and I love that BIG ball chain. I love tassels, so that is wonderful with this. Thanks for the tutorial, too. Would love to win the kit to try this. It is so cool.

  21. Wow! That is some seriously huge ball chain! I thought I was looking at some round brass beads instead until I started reading. What a fun project though... thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  22. I really love this bracelet - thank you very much for the tuts! Very pretty!

  23. Love it!! thank you for sharing with all of us


  24. Clever and Cute bracelet, girlfriend! ;)

  25. This is amazing! Never knew the ball chain came so large and just love the colors and textures together. Love it!

  26. I love the bracelet. Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win a kit. I love the colors of the thread that I got from Ornamentea. It is wonderful have such variety.

  27. Well, I like the chunky big bead look, and I like learning something new. What a nice bracelet.

  28. Anonymous5:23 PM

    I never would have thought to use waved linen like this. What a cool idea! I live the colors with the brass, too. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  29. What an adorable bracelet and I have never seen ball chain so big!! Thanks for the tutorial and change to win!

  30. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and this project! Am excited to learn how to make the tassel—they would be so cute as earrings to go with the bracelet! Very fun to put the state charm too. I am hoping to make this soon and am doing a forehead slap at the great idea of putting the leaf caps on the ends of the ball chain. That would never have occurred to me to do. :)

  31. LOVE this bracelet because I can see the glorious color of the cord!

  32. Love the bracelet, sure love everything about your store! Wish I lived closer to join in the fun and activities you have.

  33. I knew when I met you at Beadfest 2 years ago you were amazing and this proves it! I love what you did with the big ball chain!!! I would love the kit!

  34. love this! it is fantastic and so beautiful--the colors are calling me!

  35. I have tassel envy! That bracelet is fab. I adore the colors, and the little NC charm is precious. <3

  36. Anonymous4:17 AM

    That's such a cute bracelet! I love that large ball chain too.

  37. It had never occured to me to use ball chain in such an effective way


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