Hemp is the ideal fiber for making jewellery because it is strong, durable and quite easy to buy online or in craft stores. I also prefer it for its environmentally friendly qualities and low carbon footprint - this fast growing crop only uses a small amount of water and requires no chemicals.The final product is also 100% biodegradable.
Beaded hemp necklace
This pattern could be used for a bracelet, anklet, necklace or key chain. It is a good way to start working with hemp, using simple macrame techniques. Macrame (a Spanish word pronounced ma-cra-may) is a style of knotting rather than weaving which was very popular in the 70s. Large or small beads or shells can easily be added to the jewellery, which slowly forms an interesting double helix pattern.
Time: 45 minutes
Four strands tied together
Materials Hemp twine or jute
Loop the right strand over
Measure four strands of hemp twine - two long and two short. Tie them all together at one end, as in the picture above.
Loop the left strand across
Keep the short strands in the middle all the time, take the right hand (long) strand and bring it across to the left, as in the picture above.
Now take the left hand (long) strand and tuck it under the short strands in the middle (keep these straight), so that it forms a heart shape, then pull each side tight to form your first "knot".
Continue taking the right strand across to the left and tucking the left strand under the (stationery) middle strands until all the strands are all used up.
Add any beads onto the short middle strands and continue weaving around the beads.
When you've finished, tie the loose ends into knots, to keep your work all in position. Add a loop or a metal clasp to easily take your piece on or off. Have fun and good luck - it's easier than it sounds.