Erik tying up a hemp bracelet at the Gresham Farmers Market in 2005.

Erik tying up a hemp bracelet at the Gresham Farmers Market in 2005.

It is easy and fun to make your own hemp jewelry. 

The following supplies are needed: 

Hemp 

Hemp comes in balls of different sizes and thicknesses. #20 is small for fine work, #48 is a good all around size and #60 or #72 is real fat hemp. Hemp balls are for sale at your local craft store or hippy store or online. Usually different stores have different variety's, so check around. 

Clipboard & Binder Clips 

This is the secret to my success. A portable sturdy work surface with a clip on the top and binder clips to fasten hemp to the bottom of the board. I mark different inch lengths on the board so I can measure jewelry. Be sure to have extra binder clips on hand. 

Scissors 

Really just kid scissors work the best because they are safe and non-pointy. I fasten them to my clipboard so I don't loose them. 

How to tie a square knot 

Set Up: 

 Step 1

Step 1

1) Cut two lengths of hemp cord about three feet long. Fold the length of hemp cord in half and hold both cords together to form a loop. 

 Step 2

Step 2

2) Grab the top of the loop and pass it over the top of the remaining cord, leaving a hole for a knot. 

 Step 3

Step 3

3) Pass the top of the loop under and through the hole to tie the beginning knot. 

 Step 4

Step 4

4) Tie the knot firmly leaving enough of a loop on top to fasten the bracelet when it is finished. 

 Step 5

Step 5

5) Fasten the knot to the top of the clipboard. The left and right side cords are the tying cords and the middle two cords are the anchor cords. 

 Step 6

Step 6

6) Fasten the two anchor cords to the bottom of the clipboard with a binder clip. 

Square Knot Tying: 

 Step 7

Step 7

7) Pass the left tying cord over the top of the two anchor cords. 

 Step 8

Step 8

8) Pass the right tying cord over the top of the left tying cord. 

 Step 9

Step 9

9) Pass the right tying cord under both of the anchor cords and the left tying cord then up through the hole on the left. 

 Step 10

Step 10

10) Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot. 

 Step 11

Step 11

11) The first knot is tied! To remember think: Over - Over - Under - Through - Tie! 

Continuing the Pattern: 

There are two easy ways to continue tying. 

One is to continue tying the same knot over and over and end up with a spiral design. Just keep repeating steps #7 - 10 then skip to step #18 to finish. 

The second way is to alternate the side that the knot is tied to create a flat design. Follow steps #12 - 15 to tie a square knot on the other side of the bracelet. Continue to tie left and right square knots then go to step #18 to finish. 

 Step 12

Step 12

12) Pass the right tying cord over the top of the two anchor cords. 

 Step 13

Step 13

13) Pass the left tying cord over the top of the right tying cord. 

 Step 14

Step 14

14) Pass the left tying cord under both of the anchor cords and the right tying cord then up through the hole on the right. 

 Step 15

Step 15

15) Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot. 

 Step 16

Step 16

16) Remembering what side to tie the next knot on is easy. Just look for what side the last bump of hemp cord is on. Just continue working on whatever side the bump is on. In this picture it is on the right hand side. 

 Step 17

Step 17

17) Continue tying until the desired length is reached. About 6-8" long is a pretty good average length. 

 Step 18

Step 18

18) Once the desired length is reached the pattern must be tied off so it does not unravel. 

 Step 19

Step 19

19) Unfasten the two anchor cords and gather two cords on the left and two on the right. 

 Step 20

Step 20

20) Take the left two cords and pass them under the right two cords. 

 Step 21

Step 21

21) Take the right two cords and pass them through the hole to tie a knot. 

 Step 22

Step 22

22) Tie the knot tight. 

Fastening the bracelet to a wrist. 

 Step 23

Step 23

23) Place hand on bracelet. 

 Step 24

Step 24

24) Pass half the cords through the loop. 

 Step 25

Step 25

25) Tie a knot, then double knot it for permanent wearing. (To take it off and on easy tie a bow tie.) 

 Step 26

Step 26

26) Enjoy wearing hemp and helping the tree of life continue to be the healing of the nations as cannabis grows across the earth in all its forms. Hemp for fiber, for food, for oil and for medicine & sacrament.