Hemp Bracelets (Throwback Jewelry)

I saw this great shirt on Etsy and immediately got nostalgic for my days at OU.

i miss athens

While thinking of Athens brings back all kinds of great memories, I can’t help but reminisce on all the hemp jewelry I made while I was there. I haven’t worn hemp since college, but I thought I’d play around with it again since I was feeling so nostalgic.

If you want to give it a try, you will need hemp, beads, scissors, a safety pin and pillow.  Hemp is a natural fiber sold in spools at any craft store. You could also use colored thread or even leather cords.

You’ll want to cut two long strands. I usually do one and a half arm spans for each strand. How’s that for precise?

Then hold the two strands together and fold them in half.

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Loop the folded part to create a loop and knot.

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Pull it tight to have a small loop and a knot. This will give you four strands coming from your knot. Trim off one of the strands right at the knot so that you only have three strands.

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Now pin this to a throw pillow to hold it in place while you weave.

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Your center piece stays in one place and you’ll do the weaving with your right and left strand. Bring the left strand down like an L and cross it over the middle strand. Then do the same thing with the left strand but in reverse and underneath the other strands. Then pull the strands up and tight to create a square knot.

pull left string down L and right down L

Continue creating square knots (alternating strands you start with) until you are ready to add a bead. Place a bead down the center strand and wrap the side strands around it in the same manner you would for the square knot.

add bead

tie knot after bead

Continue with the square knots adding beads wherever you like.

When you reach the end, use a different bead that fits into the original loop that you made. This is going to create a clasp.

Put your clasp bead (I used a plastic pearl) on the center strand and tie it in place under the bead. Tie the right and left strands together as well to tie up all the strands.

pearl bead clasp

Then trim all excess strands right at the knots.

trim around clasp

Then place your clasping bead through the loop and your bracelet is complete.

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I made some with gold and pearls to see if I could bring hemp into my current life 🙂

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I think I like it. What do you think? These also make great friendship bracelets for kids.

This project gave me a chance to get my future bobcat ready. He looks good in hemp 🙂

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Note: The I Miss Athens image was used with permission from http://www.etsy.com/people/IMISSMYCOLLEGE. Check them out! They have shirts for almost every school.

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21 thoughts on “Hemp Bracelets (Throwback Jewelry)

  1. nice bracelet! I remember pinning the thread to my jeans while making the bracelets as a teen, now I use a clipboard;)

  2. I love this! Can’t believe you can make a hemp bracelet current. Really great Jill. Love that tee shirt too!

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