Materials to make a hemp necklace.
Step 1. Cut your hemp cord.
a) Cut two cords that are 5 feet 8 inches in length. This is going to be your knotting cord.
Tip – I don’t whip out a tape measure every time I need to measure my hemp. I measure it against myself. I pull it out to the width of both my arms spread to their max and cut it their. It’s much quicker than measuring it with a tape measure.
b) Cut one thread or thin cord that is 2 feet 10 inches in length. This is going to be your center string. If you are using beads the will go on this string so make sure they fit. I measure it from my finger tips to my neck.
Tip – I like to use more hemp than I need. It’s always easier to cut a little bit off than to fix the necklace if their isn’t enough.
Step 2. Starting out.
a) Take the two knotting cords they are the thicker and longer cords and tie them together using an over hand knot. To do an over hand knot make a loop go threw the loop and pull tight.
b) Take the shorter thinner center string and hemp discount both knotting cords and tie them together using an over hand knot two inches from where you made your first over hand knot.
c) Braid all three cords together for about 2 inches. Then tie them off with an over hand knot.
Step 3. Add beads.
a) Add the beads you want to use.
Tip – If it’s hard to push the center string threw the beads because they have small holes. Place a drop of general purpose glue on your index finger then position the center string on the glue 4 inches from the end and pinch in place with your thumb. Then pull the string threw your thumb and index finger distributing glue along the final four inches of length. If some areas are still dry repeat. Hang the glued end in the air to dry for thirty minutes to an hour or until hard.
Step 4. Macrame.
Tip – The knots are much quicker and easier to tie if the center string is tight. So I take the loop that I created in step two and put it on a shower ring then I attach the shower ring to a hook or wall. I then take the center string and tie it to one of the belt loops on my pants.
a) Take your two knotting cords. Pull them to opposite sides of the center string.
The basic knot is called a square knot. It can be started from the left or from the right.
Their are two designs that can be created spiral and flat.
The flat design is created when you alternate your knots. Left, right, left, right or right, left, right, left.
The spiral design is created when you tie the same knot. Left, left, left, left or right, right, right, right.
It doesn’t matter which knot you start with it matters which knot you follow up with.
Tying a left knot.
a) To tie a square knot starting on the left you take the cord on the left and lay it over the center string creating a loop on the left.
b) Next take the cord on the right and go over the left cord then under the center string and up threw the loop on the left of the center string.
c) Pull tight.
Tying a square knot starting on the right involves the same process started on the right side of the necklace.
When you are ready for a bead move the bead up behind the last knot you tied then tie your next knot on the other side of the bead.
Continue tying knots and adding beads until you get to your desired length.
I usually stop a necklace when the macrame and bead portion is long enough to stretch around my neck and touch ends.
Finish the macrame portion of the necklace by tying all three cords together in an over hand knot.
Step 5 finishing the hemp necklace.
a) Braid all three cords together for about 2 inches. Then tie them off with an over hand knot.
b) Cut off the remaining length of the center string.
c) Take the two knotting cords and tie them together using an over hand knot.
d) Cut off any remaining length and you are done.
Tip – The braided portion and loop on the end is for tying it off. You give them 4 inches of braid and four inches of loop so that they can tie it off to the length they desire and dispose of the rest.
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