Hemp is a rope-like stringing material made from tough plant fibers. It's a renewable resource, so every bracelet you make from it is an environmentally friendly accessory. Once you've mastered a few basic knotting techniques, you can create a zigzag bracelet from multiple strands of hemp. Keep things simple with plain, un-dyed hemp, or use several different colors to create a striped pattern.
Things You'll Need
- 3 hemp strands, 80 inches long
- Masking tape
Gather the three strands of hemp and fold them in half. Bring the folded end under the strands and back up through the loop to tie an overhand knot. Pull the knot tight, leaving a 1/2-inch loop.
Tape the loop to a flat surface with masking tape. Spread out the six hemp strands on the surface.
Bring the strand furthest to the left over and under the strand next in line. Pull the strand up toward you to tighten. Repeat once more to complete a forward knot. The strand that was second in line should now be on the left.
Continue tying forward knots using the strand that was originally on the left on the remaining four hemp strands. You should end up with five forward knots, and the original strand should now be all the way to the right.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the remaining five strands until you have six lines of knots. Flip the bracelet over to reverse the order of the strands.
Repeat Steps 3 to 5 to create six lines of knots in the opposing direction. Continue flipping and knotting the hemp until the bracelet is about a 1/2-inch shorter than you want it to be.
Gather the six hemp strands and tie an overhand knot up against the last zigzag row. Trim the remaining hemp about 1/4 inch from the knot. Slip the knot through the loop on the other end of the bracelet to secure.
Tips & Warnings
- Applying a thin coat of craft glaze to the ends of the hemp will help keep them from fraying.
- Use the same pattern to make a more delicate bracelet from embroidery floss.
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