Introduction: Making Hemp-type Jewelry Cord
Make your own hemp-like jewelry cord from dead plant fibres. Ok, I know someone else posted a similar topic, but my process is different and I focus more on using this cord for making jewelry or weaving so you can scoff at all the silly hippies that buy that expensive hemp cord at corporate craft stores. So I'm a little bit sycophantic, so what? This is also my first instructable. please read the note on the pic before you start.
Step 1: Soakin'
Soak, 'em in hot water till the get smooshy. approx. 1/2 hour
Step 2: Peelin'
Peel the fibrous outside off the cattail.this is the part you will be using.
Step 3: Loopin'
Loop the fiber in half around something stationary. Remember, you have to be able to take it off when you're done.
Step 4: Twistin'
Twist the right-hand strand 2 or 3 times and then cross over the left hand strand.
Step 5: More Twistin'
I apologize for my crappy camera. basically, do the same thing with the left hand strand (twist to the right, cross over to the left.
Step 6: Beadin'
keep going.... slide beads, charms or whatever on.
Step 7: Finishin'
When you get a long enough piece of cord, tie a knot in the end and slip the knot through the loop you made at the beginning. The cord will tighten and stiffen as it dries, so it's ok if your twisting is a little loose. You can then cut off any sticky-outey pieces. Now, don't you feel special?