Braided Irish Linen Wrap Bracelet Tutorial

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After many requests,  I have just completed a video tutorial showing you how to make waxed Irish linen wrap bracelets.   Here are some bracelets I’ve made for myself.

Post Production Notes:

The small 3mm beads are sterling silver plated.  I buy them in quantity from Fire Mountain.  The faceted silver beads in the bottom black bracelet pictured above are Czech crystals in a 4mm size which are readily available at any bead store with Czech crystals.

I hope this video inspires you to make your own sparkly Irish linen bracelets for  yourself or to give as gifts.  Wouldn’t a red or pink one be cool for Valentines Day?  You can even add little charms in the weave to make it extra special. Endless Possibilities…

Go have fun and Make Bracelets!

Tracy

 

39 Comments

  1. Emily is up stairs now making your silver Irish bracelet, after listening to your video. ~ thanks a bunch ~ BB

  2. Love this bracelet! What size hole does the 3mm bead need to have for the 4 ply waxed linen thread?

  3. Thanks Michele. Ok – measuring the hole. It looks like the hole is about 1mm in size. The beads you can get from Michaels seem to have a slightly bigger hole than the ones from Fire Mountain. Maybe 1.5 mm? The ones from Michaels go on the 7 ply thread. At least the ones I have purchased at my local store. So, I would guess that the holes you get from any silver plated bead would at least by the 1mm size and should work on the 4 ply. I can’t imagine a metal bead having s smaller hole than that. Hope that helps. – Tracy

  4. Your bracelets are always gorgeous. My daughter and I are going to try a few of your videos out and see how we make out!!

  5. Very nice! I’m super obsessed with these bracelets! Thanks to you I can now make my own beaded wrap bracelet and now a braided bracelet. Please make tutorials on how to make bracelet using different knots and how to add beads. How to add beads to a square knot?

  6. Hi Tracy, My Irish linen thread finally arrived and I couldn’t wait to make a bracelet. I can’t believe how easy it was for the wonderful result you get. I am a little concerned about the loop that the button goes thru. It seems a little flimsey to me. Have you had any trouble with this breaking or wearing? Thanks for all your great ideas!

    • Hi Michelle. Glad you found it easy! I have not had any problems with the loops. It will stretch out a little… Remember not to get them wet. I would love to see pictures if you feel like sending them. tjstalter@comcast.net

  7. I would but my daughter came to pick up her children and saw the bracelet and well you guessed it , it is now hers! I’ll just have to make another one. Oh, but isn’t there a football game later today? It just might have to wait until tomorrow.

  8. Hi Tracey,
    Count me in on the bracelet giveaway! I just discovered your website last week and you’ve inspired me to try making a few things…love your tutorials! I just need the supplies now!!
    Donna

  9. I love these bracelets. Thank you for sharing. Could you please tell me where to find a cute button like your flower button. I have looked at the fabric stores in my area with no luck. Thank you.

    • Hi Mary. That flower button is not from a fabric store….. Most of mine are. That is a Thai silver button that I found at Fire Mountain Gems. I am not sure of the price right now. I bought them when silver pricing was not as high as it is right now…. http://www.firemountaingems.com Search on Thai silver buttons.

      • Mamacita Beadworks has really cute handmade cast pewter buttons that might be cheaper than sterling/Thai silver. I got a free one with an order of a pendant. You can find them on Etsy. Etsy also has a huge selection of vintage buttons, which are fun. Check out the etched mother of pearl ones too. I just found this blog… LOVE IT, Tracy!

  10. Thank you so much for letting us view your beautiful work. I am wondering where you got the Waxed Irish Linen?

  11. Hi, I loved your video. It took me hours to look around on the internet and finally I found the bracelets I wanted to make. I`ve never made bracelets before, so this is all really new for me. I am trying to find everything on the internet at this point.
    So far I found some waxed irish linen on ebay, and nymo thread on amazon, but I am not sure what kind of needle I actually need to buy and do you have advice for a store where I can buy beads that aren’t the most expensive and that I can buy in small amounts??? Thank you , Julie x

    • Hi Julie. Head to a Michaels or JoAnn Fabric, AcMoore or whatever your local craft store is. Get a Beadalon beading needle and they will have a few isles of beads that you can buy on sale or with a store coupon. You can choose whatever bead you like for these. Just make sure they are not bigger than 6-8mm size as bigger does not look as good and are a little heavy for the cord.

  12. Hi I am sorry, I just noticed I commented on the wrong video, I was talking about to one on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YLTHM8NzT0), hopefully I am not to confusing, I love those beads !
    Julie x

  13. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDEFUL INSTRUCTIONS!!
    I CAN’T FIND “NYMO” ANYWHERE!! CAN YOU BE A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC ON WHAT IT IS OR CAN BE REPLACED WITH??
    THANKS AGAIN SOOOOO MUCH!
    cINDY

    • Hi Cindy. If you Google “Nymo thread” it brings up many places that sell it online. It is a strong nylon coated beading thread that does not twist and get knotted up as easily when you are working with it. It could be replaced with another thread as long as it is a very strong one. If you don’t want to purchase online then you probably could find it at a local bead store.

  14. Thank you, No one carrys it locally.
    I’m not sure how I missed it on Fire Mountain! What gauge are you using for the nymo? I see D, B, 0, 00 is listed on their site.
    Thanks again!

  15. I got mine at Fire Mountain too. I think it is a B.

  16. Hi Tracy,
    Yup, it’sme again.
    I made a wrap bracelet with faceted round stone beads. Simple like your turquoise azure one. It wrapped 5 times, I used stainless 49 strand soft drape accuflex beading wire. As I suspected it snapped when finished from the tension. What are you using? Thanks for all your help!

    • Hi Cindy. That stinks! I just used a Soft Touch micro stainless beading wire and crimp tubes near the clasp for the azure bracelet. It can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet. It seems I am using crimp tubes and beading wire less and less these days but this bracelet has that. Good luck!

  17. Hi, I really wanted to thank you! I am an exchange student in Vermont, coming from a big city, living in the middle of the nature was not easy. After the ski season was over I had not a lot on my hands, but than I found your website that really inspired me. Since one month ago I made tons of bracelets and I have to say, it is so much more expensive than you would think but I love it. I never got so many positive comments on jewellery and this time I made them all myself, what even is a bigger compliment. Making all those bracelets made me forget how much I miss my city. So thank you for inspiring me! – Julie

  18. You are welcome! Thanks for writing and letting me know Julie – that means a lot to me.

  19. Have you tried the c-lon nylon cord that is used for micro macrame for your bracelets? It seems inexpensive, comes in different gauges, and lots of colors. I wonder if it might be a good alternative to Irish linen to try! Thanks!

  20. So awesome. I’ve been making bracelets like this with crochet, but could never manage to figure out how to get the beads to stay on one “side” – the cord just twists around when you crochet it. The answer is I was using the wrong technique!

  21. I love this and I think it’s a really great idea for men’s bracelets. Decent men’s bracelets are hard to find and this one is just about perfect. Thanks!

  22. Tracy,I first want to tell you how much I enjoy your sight which I just discovered. Your videos are excellent.

    I’m very intersted in the irish linen bracelets like everyone else. You mentioned the Royalwood Ltd. where you purchase yours but it look like you need to buy lots. Your picture from the beads and cord you just received in mail also look like small spools of irish linen (??), where did you get them from?

    Love everything about your site! Keep up the good work.

    Sue

  23. Tracy,
    Thanks so much for your video on the irish linen wrap bracelet. I did have one question though. I made one the other day and after wearing it a few of the beads have kind of popped up with the stitching then being underneath them. Is this because I have pulled it too tight? If you could let me know I would greatly appreciate it.
    Love your site!
    Amy

    • Hi Amy. Your comment is under the braided Irish Linen Wrap Bracelet – but I am assuming this problem you are having has to do with the beaded wrap bracelet. It sounds like you may have pulled too tight somewhere along the line. Each bead has to be snug – but you can’t over pull. It may have happened when you tied off the knot at the end and pulled the knot tight into the beads. Hard to say exactly without seeing it.

  24. Thank-you so much for the amazing tutorials. I just made the Irish linen wrap and it turned out so nice! I plan on making a lot more, thanks for the inspiration.

  25. thank you for confident tutorial and so clear…I’m off to try my own.

  26. Just ordered 4 colors of the waxed Irish linen cord. Going to make the sparkle wrap bracelets with a large group of pre-teen/teenage girls next month. Can’t wait!

  27. Which beads work better 3mm or 4mm? I am making the sparkle wrap bracelets with pre-teens. Does it matter? Are the holes the same size?

  28. I’ve watched the tutorial and I’m ready to go! Now I just need to anxiously await my wax linen to come in the mail. Do you know if Michaels or Jo Ann’s carries it? I was too impatient and just ordered mine from Amazon as I sat at work today. Also, would this bracelet work with swarovski crystals to fancy it up a bit? Keep up the awesome blog!

    • Hi Jen.

      Glad you are excited to make these bracelets. No those stores so not carry the waxed linen. You could play around with different cording. I know they have hemp. Crystals usually have a pretty small hole – so you just need to find a fiber and a bead that work together. That is the challenge of this bracelet. The waxed linen has enough thickness and the wax to give it some shape and most silver round beads have a big enough hole for the linen. Have fun making them! You could always use a thinner middle thread with and always string the crystal on the thin thread as you are braiding.

  29. Tracy,
    You are so kind to share you amazing knowledge and expertise with us all. I am so inspired after watching your vidoes and can’t wait to try a few bracelets! I just think it is so nice of you. My daughter wants to make Christmas presents for her teachers, and the wrap bracelet is perfect- beautiful and afordable! Thank you so very much, and may your kindness come back 100 fold!

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