How to Make a Knotted Waxed Linen Wrap Bracelet (Beads on the Inside)

How to Make a Knotted Waxed Linen Wrap Bracelet (Beads on the Inside)

Go to for all of your beading supplies needs! Hi. This is Andrea from In this video I’m going to show you how
to make this wrap bracelet out of waxed linen and
toho seed beads. For this project I’m only going to make
a bracelet that goes around one time instead of two but if you want your bracelet longer
obviously you can just double or triple or even quadruple it. Make it wrap around as many times as you
want. So what you need for this project
you going to need your waxed linen. And today I’m using this cream color.
It also comes in brown and black. I have it pre-cut. I have one center strand that is just over a foot and a half long. I have two outer strands that are just over three feet long. I also have three different colors of 8/0
toho seed beads. You can use pretty much any kind of bead you want that
has a hole larger than a millimeter
but to be safe it should be like a
millimeter in half. These are a 8/0. I love this size with
this bracelet. I think it just fits really nicely and you can choose any color you’d like. You can use metal seed beads but I really like this color combo.
So I chose like a bronzy color here and dark matte olive and a matte burnt turquoise. And one more thing you’re going to need is a clasp and for this I’m going to use just a
ten millimeter antique brass plated bead. So what I’m going to do here I’m going to take my three strands of waxed linen and knot them together at one end. I’m going to do that about three inches down. So I’m going to go ahead and make an overhand
knot here. I’m going to separate my strands and make
sure that I have the shortest one which I have right
here in my right hand in the center with the two longer ones aren’t you decide Now I need to secure my threads down to my work surface. Normally I would use duct tape and I
would tape it to the underside of a table but for video purposes today I’m gonna tape my duct tape here. Cut off a piece that’s three inches long. I’m going to tape it to the table so you can see what I’m doing. Now if you watched our video on making a Waxed Linen Wrap Bracelet with the Beads on the
outside you’ll remember this stitch. It’s called
the cobra knot and it’s the same exact knot that I used in the other bracelet. So to do this is knot what you’re gonna do is your going to take
the left outer strand you’re gonna make an ‘S’ on top of the center strand. With your right outer strand you’re going to go over on top of and down through the
bottom of the ‘S’ back under the center strand and up and out through the upper loop of the left hand strand. And that’s your first knot and you’re
going to go ahead and tighten that all the way up to the top. Then you’re going to repeat this
process on the other side making a backwards ‘S’ with the right hand outer strand putting the left one above and down through behind the center strand and up and out of the upper loop. You’re going to hold your center strand taut as you tighten this knot as well. So that’s it. That’s a basic knot you have
one done already and you’re add your beads
now. In the other video you may remember that the beads go on
the outer strands. In this video they’re going on the
center. So you’re just going to pick up a bead and the pattern that I used for this is three olive green beads, one turquoise
one bronze, one turquoise and then I just repeated that. So that’s
what I’m gonna do here again. I’m going to add my first olive green bead. Push it all the way up and then do the cobra knot again. Above and down, through, behind and up through again and tighten. I’m going to do the same thing on the other side reversed. I’m going to keep on knotting my bracelet in this manner. Just going to keep on adding a bead and then doing
the cobra knot on both sides. I’m gonna continue until my bracelet’s
about six-and-a-half inches long here. As you can see I have most of my
bracelet done. All I have to do is finished the clasp. To do this I’m going to tie all three of my strands in a knot at the very end here. I’m going to separate out my shortest strand which is the center
one. Once again if you watched the other video
you’ll remember this knot is the same exact knot or if you made friendship bracelets
as a kid you’ll remember this as well. You’re going to take your one strand here strand it to the left you’re gonna make a four on top of the right hand strand then you’re gonna go up through and pull tight. You’re just going to just keep on doing this with the
same strand tying knots around your base strand. Okay. I’m going to stop here for a second. As you can see
my knots are twisting around and outside and what I want to do is I want to line
all of the knots up. So I’m going to straighten this out and it’s also
going to lengthen and a little bit. So stop before you think you would have to. The length you want for this is you want it to
be long enough to fit around your clasp which is this bead. And it’s ten
millimeters so it just has to fit nicely around this and it looks like I’m going to
have to do a few more knots to make that happen. Once again I’m going to straighten out my row of knots. I’m going to separate
them a little bit to make it just a tad longer here. I think that will be just about perfect for our loop. So what I want to do now is I want to lineup the end of my knotted segment with my initial knot right there. I’m going to tie it on. The best part about this waxed linen is
that the wax helps you’re knot stay in place really
nicely. So I’m going to tie my two strands around the base. Once just as a simple over hand knot. Then I’m going to do a surgeons knot which I’m going to double that looping through. So instead of
looping through once, you do it one more time. For added security I can take my strand that was originally the center strand and I can use it to tie knots with the other two strands as well. Really you’re just gonna knot until it
feels security and until it looks even. You don’t want a bigger knot on one side
than on the other. So that looks pretty good to me. I’m going to take my flush cutters and I’m going to go
ahead and cut the excess off. There you have the loop end of your knot. Now I’m going to flip this over. Now I’m gonna add my bead half of my clasp. I’m going to join all three strands together and
kind of mush them together. The wax will hold them in place. I’m going to tread them through this bead and push the bead all the way
down to you’re knot. I’m going to knot this once and then knot a second time. I’m going to trim off all three strands. There you have it. There’s your bracelet. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!


  1. @MaRiaGolS Soon! Truth is, our designers were so excited having just received this item that they set about immediately making projects. Even before we had time to photograph and post it! I think by tomorrow if you do a search for "waxed linen" it should come right up….

  2. @wonton71 The Natural Beige Waxed Irish Linen Cord is now available on our website. The link and sku # is available in the video description.

  3. @biancaxx5 The waxed linen was used because it has body to it yet is still flexible. I always believe that there are many ways of doing things in this world so I would say go ahead and try with the 1mm leather cord and embroidery floss but here are a couple things to bear in mind: with the leather cord, depending on the type you have, it might be stiffer then with the waxed linen so you might want to actually up the size of the beads from 8/0 to 6/0 so that your wraps do not need to be as tight.

  4. @Beadaholique The 8/0 could still work but just bear in mind that the waxed linen in the video probably has more flexibility then your leather cord. Conversely, the embroidery floss is going to be looser and more flexible then the waxed linen. If you run into troubles with the bracelet keeping its shape, you might want to consider a 10/0 seed bead instead of 8/0. A lot of jewelry making is about experimentation, have fun!

  5. Thanks so much for ALL of your excellent videos! Just a hint on this particular bracelet: Because the center cord will be stationary the whole time, it's a little easier to go ahead and string your beads in the order you want them, and then just "feed" them up the center in turn. This also allows you to tape down (or otherwise secure) the middle cord, which I find makes it easier to make the knots.

  6. This is wonderful and seems easy enough with beautiful results! I'm going to make these for a fundraiser! Thanks so much for the easy and concise instructions, many videos out there are confusing and don't show good close ups of the hands. This is very appreciated! 🙂

  7. Also you can string all of your beads on in the beginning so you don't have to constantly think about the pattern. Very nice color combo, bracelet looks wonderful!

  8. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  9. I just received my waxed linen in black and white and I have made 4 bracelets so far. Is there a trick to get rid of the gumminess of the waxed linen? It really seems to be a bit excessive and not at all pleasant to work with. Also on the black, the wax really shows up in pictures and looks messy. Should I wash the cord before I use it? Or maybe wash the finished bracelets?

  10. That gummy substance is one of the drawbacks to a waxed linen cord. It is great to work with, but sometimes the excess wax can become distracting. I don't think that washing it will help, it actually might make it worse. Here are a couple things to try: Before making the piece of jewelry, scrape the cord with a dull knife, this can sometimes remove excess.

  11. You can also use a brown paper back to burnish the cord or even try using a larger eyed needle and pass the cord through the hole several times to get rid of any larger pieces of wax. I hope this helps!

  12. Any light colored cord will definitely pick up dirt a lot quicker then a dark colored one. The waxy surface probably will hold the dirt more then a smooth surface.

  13. It's 1mm Natural Beige Waxed Irish Linen Cord. You can get it on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  14. i wouldn't use the waxed cord i rather use cotton cord or twine for this project i think it will turn out just as beautiful as this bracelet

  15. Hi, I love this bracelet. Do you know how long the cords should be for a triple wrapped bracelet? Thanks. :o) Debbie

  16. Andrea used this technique for a double wrap bracelet, which you can find under the Bracelets section of our Free Beading Projects at beadaholique . com. It's called the Bazaar Wrap Bracelet. She said you needed 22 feet for a double wrap, so I would say something around 33 feet for a triple wrap, but you may need to experiment a little bit.

  17. Thank you for answering my question. It was very helpful. I'll go to your website and check out the info you suggested. :o) Debbie

  18. I've seen those bracelets, but I've never made one. I don't think they're made with waxed linen. My guess would be a nylon thread like Super Lon maybe, but I can't say for sure.

  19. They are size 8/0 Seed Beads. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  20. Yes, this project does use a square knot. The waxed linen cord is made out of linen, and has more of a waxy feeling to the cord. The waxed cotton cord is made out of cotton and has a smoother feel.

  21. This is a great video just the type I was looking for. If you could please give some advice on how to figure out how long and how many beads you need for making a 3 and 5 wrap bracelet. For example with 8mm beads. I am trying to make a guys bracelet for myself. Thanks again for your great videos!

  22. I see you tell us more about the lengths in this video How to Make a Knotted Waxed Linen Wrap Bracelet (Beads on the Outside) thanks!

  23. I'm not sure why you don't do larkshead knots to go around the bead. I realize it results in helping to curve the end that goes over the bead but having to stop and straighten it out seems somewhat silly and unnecessary as the larkshead knots are pretty pliable when curling cord.

  24. Oh i really love this bracelets, i didn’t have the waxed linen cording at the time so i tried what i had which was Hemp cord for practice didn’t look as good as the one you made. Thank you!!

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