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How to make a traditional hemp bracelet with a series of quick and easy knots.
Cheap and environmentally friendly enough for even the hippies!

For this instructable I'll be using a bit of my own pink hemp (three cheers for extra hair dye!), though any type of string will work, even paracord. =)
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The materials are very simple:

Hemp (or another type of string - floss works great but the result is much thinner)
Something to cut it with
Beads (optional)

How much? Well, as for beads, probably less than five if they're big enough. Maybe 10 if they're small. It doesn't take many.

Step 2: Cutting and starting

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There are two types of strings in making traditional hemp bracelets : outside (lead and partner) and the two middle strands.

The two middle strands should both be a little over twice the length of your wrist. To get them both the same healthy length, cut a piece about 5 times the size of your wrist in half.

The outside strands should each be about double the length of the inside strand. You may want to give a little more string just to be careful. As most hemp rolls are not the same gauge, or thickness, most will require a different length for the outside strings.

Once you have the four strings cut, align them so that the long strings are on the outside and the short ones are in the inside. Then, tie the string in a loop by first making a loop and then tying the string onto itself. See pictures for demonstration.
Naturally, if you do not like this method of tying a loop, you can tie it some other way!
KC-Dimples3 years ago
Wow. This has helped me SO much. At first I was a little confused, as your fourth picture looked a little confusing, but after I played with it a little I understood. Thank you!
i loved the article! and annoying little wood chips are the best! =P
DId you die the hemp yourself?
fd3141594 years ago
The "regular knot" in this case is an overhand knot.  Just in case anybody needs the name to figure it out.
beadydani5 years ago

Use crimp folders to give it a more fashionable look. Also great if want to secure the bracelet or necklace. I prefer this option because I can cut all the loose threads.

Love the tutorial and thanks for sharing it, macrame is fab, keep up the good work.

Short One5 years ago
You can also use two different colors...Start with one color on the out side, then swap colors when you put on the bead. If you want to use smaller beads, you can use two on the outside strings (one on each) instead of one bead in the middle.
AdamK (author) 5 years ago
After the clasp is made, the bracelet is done and you can cut or burn off all excess. When there's only a little bit left I just glue it around so that it's more durable.
marystar5 years ago
do i cut the excess off the lead and partner in this step?
good stuff (: i like to make this in class when im bored!
mictain6666 years ago
3 cheers for macrame!
notker6 years ago
I like your bracelets they are nice
Murdok7 years ago
Heh, burn some of the hemp. Just slowly burn or cut away the frayed and loose pieces and it'll look a lot better.
AdamK (author)  Murdok7 years ago
I've run into a lot of people who like the look of a more unfinished and rough bracelet, but you're absolutely right. There are dozens of ways to get rid of those loose strands.
Murdok7 years ago
Not bad, the picture at the beginning is a bit shabby though, overall a 7/10.
AdamK (author)  Murdok7 years ago
Any suggestions other than to improve picture quality?