How to Start a Hemp Necklace

by Ann LaPan

Knot beautiful designs to create handmade hemp necklaces that both men and women can enjoy wearing. Choose colored or natural beige hemp in thick twine for a bold, eye-catching piece or thin twine for a more delicate look. Wax the surface of the hemp for a smooth finish. Starting the necklace is just the beginning of the creative project.

Items you will need

  • 1 spool of hemp, 2 if you want to use more than one color
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Beads, charms (optional)
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Step 1

Select charms, beads and other decorative items to dress up your hemp necklace. Set them aside.

Step 2

Cut two pieces of hemp, which can be either the same or two different colors. The first piece should be 2 inches longer than double the length of the finished necklace. For example, for a 20-inch-long necklace, one strand should be 20 times 2, which equals 40, plus 2 inches, which equals 42 inches.

Step 3

Cut the other strand five times the length of the first; it is the one you are going to use to tie the knots with. Calculate the length for the 20-inch necklace at 5 times 42, which equals 210 inches long; that is is 17.5 feet or a little less than 6 yards. Decrease the length of the long strand if you are going to include beads in your design. For every inch of bead, decrease the length of the long strand of hemp by 5 inches.

Step 4

Remove the shoe and sock of one of your feet. Fold the strands of each piece of hemp exactly in half. Grasp all of the strands 2 inches from their halfway points, firmly between the thumb and index finger of your left hand, whether you are right or left handed. Grab all of the strands in your right hand and twist them once around. Hold them between the ring and little fingers of your left hand while you turn your right hand back around, and then reclaim the strands in it.

Step 5

Put your foot up and tie the hemp around your big toe. Don't make it too tight, because you'll want to slip it off when you are finished.

Step 6

Tie the strands again to form a knot. Arrange the strands so that the shortest ones are in the middle and the longer ones are on either side before you begin the knotting.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not want to use your toe, you can use a clipboard to secure the loop or tape it to a table.

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