It is easy and fun to make your own hemp jewelry.
The following supplies are needed:
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.
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
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.
2) Grab the top of the loop and pass it over the top of the remaining cord, leaving a hole for a knot.
3) Pass the top of the loop under and through the hole to tie the beginning knot.
4) Tie the knot firmly leaving enough of a loop on top to fasten the bracelet when it is finished.
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.
6) Fasten the two anchor cords to the bottom of the clipboard with a binder clip.
Square Knot Tying:
7) Pass the left tying cord over the top of the two anchor cords.
8) Pass the right tying cord over the top of the left tying cord.
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.
10) Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot.
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.
12) Pass the right tying cord over the top of the two anchor cords.
13) Pass the left tying cord over the top of the right tying cord.
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.
15) Pull on both of the tying cords to tighten the knot.
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.
17) Continue tying until the desired length is reached. About 6-8" long is a pretty good average length.
18) Once the desired length is reached the pattern must be tied off so it does not unravel.
19) Unfasten the two anchor cords and gather two cords on the left and two on the right.
20) Take the left two cords and pass them under the right two cords.
21) Take the right two cords and pass them through the hole to tie a knot.
22) Tie the knot tight.
Fastening the bracelet to a wrist.
23) Place hand on bracelet.
24) Pass half the cords through the loop.
25) Tie a knot, then double knot it for permanent wearing. (To take it off and on easy tie a bow tie.)
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.