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How to Make Hemp Jewelry

  1. Materials and Tools
  2. The Two Basic Knots
  3. Adding Beads
  4. A Simple Wrapping Knot
  5. Finishing Your Piece
  6. Learning More, Getting Supplies
The Two Basic Knots
Most hemp jewelry is made up of two basic knots, which are illustrated below. These knots are basically the reverse of each other. If you just repeat one knot over and over again, you will get a spiral pattern that looks like a double-helix. If you alternate one knot and then the other, you will get a flat pattern:

But first, we need to figure out how much hemp to cut.

You will need 4 lengths of hemp. Two will form the base (black), and should be a little longer than the finished piece will be. The other two (blue and red) will be used to make the knots and need to be at least 5 or 6 times longer than the finished piece. The length can vary depending on any beads you may add - if you use a lot of large beads you will need less hemp because you will be making fewer knots.

Tip: If you want a loop at one end of the piece (so you can use a button or knot clasp), use only two pieces. Make them twice as long, fold them over, and tie a loop.

Knot 1
Fold the right strand (red) over the base strands (black) and under the left strand (blue). Bring the left strand (blue) under the base strands (black) and then up and over the right strand (red). Tighten the knot.

Knot 2
Then fold the left strand (red) over the base strands and under the right strand (blue). Bring the right strand (blue) under the base strands and then up and over the left strand (red). Tighten the second knot.

And that's it! These two knots form the basic structure of most hemp jewelry.

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