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

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

Go to for all of your beading supplies needs! Hi. This is Andrea for In this video I’m going to show you how to
make this waxed linen wrap bracelet. Okay what you’re going to need for this project is
some waxed linen. I used the brown color but it comes in brown and off-white and a black color. You’re gonna need some seed beads or
other beads with at least a one and a half millimeter large hole. I have some 8/0 metal seed beads in the antique
copper finish. I love these metal seed beads. They’re very cool. You’re gonna need a clasp and in this
case we’re gonna use a button. This is a five-eighths of an inch
steampunk sundail antique copper button. Love that. So for this video I’m just gonna make
a bracelet that wraps around only once but as you can see you can make it as
long as you want so you can wrap around multiple times. Totally up to you In generally the rule of thumb is you
want the linen to be about three times the length that you want. So if you
wanted a bracelet you would need your outer two threads to be three times as long as you want
your bracelet. So I’m going to cut two pieces of this linen. Thirty-six inches. I’m adding a little bit extra. The reason I’m doing this because it’s
always better to have too much than not enough. So I’m going to cut a second one at thirty six inches. Now once again these are your outside
strands. These are the strands that are going to be doing the weaving on the outside
so they need to be longer than inner strands. Now for the inner strands those are not going to be doing any
weaving they’re just stationary. So they only need to be as long as you would normally used to make
a strung bracelet. So if you want a bracelet that’s seven
and a half inches long I would recommend cutting your inner thread. Once again I’m being generous here. Let’s say fourteen. You’re going to have extra but that’s alright and again this is for just a single wrap
bracelet. If you wanted this to wrap around multiple times you’d double or triple or quadrupled
this amount. Here I have my two inner strands or my course strands. What I’m going to do I’m going to place the two outer strands on either side of this. The two long strands are here and here and then the two inner
shorter strands are right in the middle. I’m going to move my clasp. I’m going to scoot my seed beads over. What I’m going to do next I’m going to tie a knot about four inches down. Just a simple over hand knot. I love this wax linen and it does take a
little bit of time to get used to because it’s kind of sticky. It’s literally waxed so it’s
so great to work with especially for knotting. So here we go. I’ve got my longer
strands and my shorter strands in the center. Now normally what I’d do is I would tape this to the underside of the table. Mind you it has to be a table that is a work table if you don’t want
pull the finish off of your good dining room table but that’s
why I do it on the underside. For our purposes here I’m going to do it on top of the table. Si I have a roll of duck tape. Tear off a piece of this and I find that it sticks better when you spread out your linen a little bit because you’ll have more of a surface to
cling to. You want to burnish that down because the waxed linen is a little bit slippery. Now I’m ready to work. Now the knotting technique I’m going to
be using is called a cobra stitch. It’s generally used a lot for macrame and different decorative
purposes. It works really well with this waxed
linen. It’s really pretty knot. So to begin I’m going to take my left
hand outer thread and I’m going to make an ‘S’. I’m going to take my right thread over the bottom loop of the ‘S’ behind my two inner core threads and up through the upper loop of the ‘S’. This is a little tricky for me because
I’m used to doing this not on top of the table. So as you can see there’s a knot being
formed around the two inner core threads. I’m just going to tighten both sides of the
outer threads until the knot pulls up snugly to that top. Now you’re going to reverse that. So you’re going to take your right hand outer thread. You’re going to make a backwards ‘S’. You’re going to take your left hand outer threat and put it over and through the bottom loop of the ‘S’ behind the inner two core threads and up and out from behind there through that upper loop of the ‘S’. You’re going to pull that tight. Now we’re gonna add some beads. I’m going to add a bead to each of the outer strands and push it all the way up to your first knot. And once again I’m going to do that cobra knot and make an ‘S’ go in front behind up through I’m gonna knot. You want to hold your inner core threads study while you’re doing this
too. I’m going to reverse that. Reverse ‘S’ in front behind up through and pull tight. Now it’s time to add to my beads. One to each outer thread. And do you cobra knot again. A little note here you want to keep your two inner core
threads parallel to each other. You don’t want them to cross or bunched up. The reason I use two is because it gives a
little bit of a wider width to this bracelet. You don’t necessarily have to use two you
can just use one but I like the width that it gives. You always wanna knot in the same order.
So if I did the ‘S’ with my left side first I always want
to be that in between adding each bead. Okay I’m going to continue with this for a
little while until I have a full bracelet and then I’m going to show you how to
finish it off. Okay as you can see we got most of
the bracelet completed. The actual length right now as about
six-and-a-half inches long and that’s just about perfect for me because
that’s right about a little bit longer than snug around my wrist and that’s what I
want because the clasp is going to add that extra length
needed to fit nicely. So I’m at the end of my bracelet. I’ve got my two inner core strands. What I’m going to do I’m going to switch the direction here. So the
two inner core strands are gonna be on the outside and vice versa. Without removing the tape what I’m going to
do is I’m just going to flip my bracelet over the best I can. I’m going to take those two core strands and tie a surgeons knot. We have a video for how
to do that. Basically it’s just a simple overhand knot. You’re going to double it but the
second time you’re gonna wrap one more time around. I’m going to pull this tight and the beautiful thing about this waxed linen is that the wax actually helps hold the
knots in place. So I’m going to flip it right side over again
and I’m going to do the same thing so I don’t just have a lump on one side of my bracelet. I have my two outer strands left over here and they’re
fairly long as you can see. What I’m going to do is I’m going to do just a simple, I guess it’s kind of a half hitched knot. What I’m going to do is I’m going to have my right hand strand. I’m going to pull this taut. With the one on the left I’m gonna make a four. I’m going to put up through the loop of that four and pull tight. I’m going to continue to to do this. If you ever made friendship bracelets as a kid you’re going to recognize this knot. And while you’re doing this it’s going to twist and you
can allow it to twist. What we’re gonna do eventually is make it so that all of those knots instead of twisting
around are going to go the same direction. At this point I’m going to stretch the knots out and make
sure that the knotted part is on the same side creating a little ridge here. I’m going to test the length of this. Now this is the loop that you’re going to be inserting your
button through so it has to be large enough to pass through this way. And that looks like maybe if I just stretched my knots out a
little bit more it will work. That looks like it’ll work. Just gonna make sure the knots are evenly spaced. Now I’m going to join the end of my knotted section with my previous knot here. Just to kind of secure it I’m going to other surgeons knot with the two shorter lengths. Then with the two longer lengths I’m going to
do the same thing. What I’m doing here is I’m just trying to make it secure by knotting it but also trying to make
it even and not too funky and lumpy. I think I’m ready to trim. Alright and there we have to loop end of the bracelet. So now I can remove the entire bracelet. I just have to add my clasp which is a
button and we will be done. Once again I’m going to separate the outer
strands from the inner strands but this time I’m going to use the inner
strands. I’m going to thread both of them
through the loop on the back of the button. I’m going to fold it down like this and use the two outer strands to tie a
surgeons knot. You can tie them around to the other side
as well if you’d like. Now I’m gonna take the two inner strands and I’m going to tie other surgeons knot or two. You’ll kind of get a feel for how secure you
think this is. You might determine that you need to tie one of the inner core threads to one of
the outer threads and vice versa but I think right now what I got I’m
pretty happy with. So I’m going to go ahead and trim. And there you have it folks. Go to for all of your beading supplies needs!


  1. @Fantamonkey The thickness of the waxed linen cord is 1mm cord. You can get the cord on Beadaholique's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  2. Andrea thank you so much your tutorials are one of my favourites here on Youtube…I admire that you take the time patience to literally take us step by step through projects, so that anyone new to crafting can follow your instructions …my daughter and I made a few of these bracelets as gifts they are truly lovely …thank you for sharing your skills with us …Stay blessed

  3. I was wondering, does the Beadaholique website ship to places outside the U.S? because I cannot find this waxed linen anywhere. (I live in New Zealand)

  4. omg i love this. and i had the darndest time with this cotton cording (couldn't find the waxed linen cord) so i wisened up and bee waxed my own. came out awesome!

  5. Great bracelet, I would suggest a Knotty board to make this so so so much easier.
    I too love the waxed linen. It comes in every color you can imagine too! Not great when it gets wet though!!

  6. Ive heard that after the bracelet is complete it can be heated to give it a smoother finish, have you heard of this and if so, how do you heat it? thanks

  7. I haven't heard of doing this, no. Unfortunately, as I haven't tried anything like this, I can't give any advice on how to do it.

  8. do you have any videos showing how to add a bead to the center of a bracelet like this with the smaller beads on each side?

  9. If you are looking to add beads to both the center and the outside, watch this video and the version (How to Make a Knotted Waxed Linen Wrap Bracelet (Beads on the Inside)) for beads on the inside. Then you would just combine the two techniques to add beads to both the center and the outside.

  10. Do you know where I can get the metal seed beads? They look great. The button is cool too. Do you know where that is from? Great video! Thanks

  11. You can get the supplies featured in our videos on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  12. Very pretty. I hope you do more bracelets for summer they are so cute I like the wrap around so hoping that you do more. I  will be looking at your store for buttons n things. Thank you Andrea.

  13. There are several things that would make this bracelet much easier:

    Instead of cuttings two separate strands for the center cords, cut one that's twice the length then fold it in half. Use the folded end for the loop that closes the bracelet. Before doing any knotting, try the loop over the button to make a good fit. Then start the knotting just below that point.

    Instead of cutting two separate strands for the outside (knotting) cords, cut one that's twice the length then fold it in half. Put this center point under the two center cords and tie a single knot around the center cords. If you're following my suggestion above, do this right under the loop. Then start the square knotting.

    In the video, talking about S's and reverse S's was very confusing until I realized it was just square knots, and I've been doing macrame for over 40 years! When I taught macrame, I was surprised at the number of people who couldn't keep straight which part of the square knot to do next — right over left or left over right. But everyone's mind works differently. So I would wrap a small piece of masking tape onto the end of only one of the knotting cords. Then they had to remember only one thing every time — Tape on Top. So easy to remember and so easy to say. Many people never realize that the top cord always stays on top and the bottom cord always stays on the bottom for square knots.

    Hope these ideas help. Happy beading!

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