Waxed Linen Blog Hop

Welcome to the Waxed Linen Blog Hop kindly and most ably hosted by the Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studios.

I was even later than usual getting my pieces done for this hop to the point where I was still finishing up at 2am this morning so I had to keep them fairly simple. That’s one of the things I love about waxed linen though – it’s very easy to put something simple but eye catching together very quickly.

My first piece is a braided strung bracelet with a lovely pewter button clasp and heart charm from Mamacita Beadworks and rustic blue/grey seed beads from Smitten beads. The tails have been finished with some tiny pewter beads I was given as part of a bead soup four year ago. Very simple but the kind of thing I wear a lot.

My second piece is a reprise of a necklace I made last year with wire wrapped beads but this time I used double strands of waxed linen to string these lovely Czech glass beads – again from Smitten Smitten Beads, The ceramic heart focal is by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio and the bronze text connector is by THEA elements – that’s me!

the quote is from one of my favourite poems by W B Yeats…

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

And finally I whipped up a pair of five minute earrings using some red ceramic beads from our host Diana and some cream ceramic discs by me. A scrap of linen, a few copper accent beads and some ear wire and that’s it done…I frequently make earrings like these when I’m about to go out and find I have none to match my outfits.

So those are are a few ways to use waxed linen and I’m sure the other participants will have demonstrated many more so I hope you will join up on the hop using the links below and many thanks to Diana for hosting this hop.

Have a great weekend.

Diana Ptaszynski  

31 thoughts on “Waxed Linen Blog Hop

  1. Gorgeous Lesley. It's such a versatile cord isn't it? I have also found myself using it to quickly put together earrings to match a necklace or an outfit.

  2. Fabulous Lesley, If I hadn't just bought a bracelet from you (I've worn it every day!) I would be asking about this one, it's gorgeous! Thank you so much for the mentions (I do so love those stripped seed beads!) I always love reading your blogs, never stop!. xx

  3. Three lovely pieces! I can't choose a favourite. I don't envy you stringing all those stripy seeds onto the cord though, the type of job I start and then instantly regret! Very much worth it though, it's extremely pretty.

  4. Hi Lesley, The button clasp is a perfect choice for your bracelet. Your bronze connector really pulls the whole necklace together. The red ceramic rounds pair nicely with your cream discs in the earrings. You truly showed that something simple can be beautiful with all three of your pieces.

  5. You are constantly amazing me with cool designs Lesley. Love the easy wearability of all your pieces. I would so be wearing that bracelet constantly, such great colors!

  6. I want that bracelet! Hand it over! No seriously, give it to me. Just kidding….but I do love it though. Love the necklace and the earrings (with our beads being buddies in them). Thanks for participating!

  7. Gorgeous work as usual! I love those earrings and the necklace, but I am amazed by the bracelet. I am thinking that would be a good idea for a tutorial????? 🙂

  8. This hop has been such a treat for me, a seed beader, to see how participants use seed beads in other ways than needle and thread. Your examples are great and I'm sure will get a lot of wear.

  9. Lesley, I love all three pieces you made and that is not surprising at all. I tend to like everything you create. You are my kind of designer and you're no stranger to waxed linen and knotted designs. Love your work!

  10. I love all three of your bracelets, Lesley! I, too, love to make button clasp bracelets and yours rocks. I'm quite taken with the necklace – both the airy effect you've achieved as well as the cool way you hung Karen's heart pendant from your metal piece. And those earrings – I'd wear those all the time!

  11. All your pieces are beautiful. As well as the Yates poem. I love that make jewelry to match what you're wearing just before walking out the door. Thant's awesome!

  12. Am loving everything in here! I want to do a braided design now! And I want to hang a pendant like that. And I want to … do it all 🙂

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