How to Make a Hemp
This hemp jewelry
craft can be worn as a choker or a bracelet. To make a bracelet, simply
braid less length for the first and second step.
I love the earthy, nature loving look of hemp jewelry, just perfect for Summer or everyday wear. Try making several and grouping them together as bracelets on your wrists.
Hemp cording can be
found in the jewelry aisle at your local craft store.
This necklace is very simple to make because you only need to learn how
to do one type of knot, the square knot. Once you know the knotting pattern, you can turn hemp cord into many different things... like keychains, bookmarks, zipper pulls, etc.
All the step by step
directions are described below.
- 2 and 2/3 yards
of 1 mm hemp cord
- 14 round wood beads in color of
(below I used 6 mm diameter red beads in the step by step photos)
white or yellow round wood bead (6 mm)
for the center of the flower.
- Clipboard (or
knotting board with T pins
if you prefer)
1. Cut two pieces of hemp each 1 yard long, and cut a third
2. Tie the three pieces of cord together
using a simple overhand knot, close to the end. Place the knot under
the clip of clipboard. I find this to be a very useful way to keep your
work in place while tying the knots. Or, you can purchase a knotting
board specifically for this purpose at your local craft store.
3. Braid the three pieces of cord for about four inches. End the braid
with the shorter cord in the middle.
4. Next you
want to tie one square knot to end the braid. Follow the
diagram and photos below which walk you through how to make this square
knot. The square knot takes two steps. The first thing to do is take
the longer cord on the right and pull it UNDER the center cord, and
OVER the left cord. Always remember "under, over". Next, take the cord
on the left and thread it through the loop you created. Pull this knot
up tight, pulling the center cord (filler cord) tight. For the second
step, you repeat this, but this time start with the left cord. Bring
the left cord UNDER the center cord, and OVER the right cord. Then
thread the right cord through the loop and tighten. You have just made
a square knot.
6. Thread a colored bead on to the center cord.
7. Tie four square knots under the bead. The photo below shows the
first knot beginning underneath the bead.
8. Thread on another colored bead, and repeat with four square knots.
Repeat step 7 once again.
10. Thread on another
11. Make a half square knot under
This is done by just following the first step of making a square knot.
12. Thread on a white bead on the center
cord. On the left and right cords, thread on three colored beads each.
13. Bring the cords back together and make a
half knot. This is the
center of the choker and forms the flower.
14. Thread on another colored bead, and begin the sequence again (four
square knots, bead, four square knots, bead, four square knots, bead,
one square knot, and braid and end with overhand knot.)
15. To wear your hemp jewelry, tie the cords
around your neck or wrist
in a knot.
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