To add an intriguing twist to your hemp jewelry projects, try your hand at incorporating spiral knots into your design. When you’re finished, you’ll have a bracelet that’s loaded with visual movement as helixes spiral on your wrist, ankle, or around your neck.
To begin, cut two pieces of hemp three times longer than the desired length of your bracelet for your base pieces, and two additional lengths of hemp five times longer than the base pieces for your knotting threads.
1. Hold all four strands together and tie together with an overhand knot, leaving a 1/2″ loop at the end. Tape the looped end to a flat surface or slip over a nail that’s hammered into a table or heavy board to secure.
2. Separate the four strands so you’ll have one long strand on the left and right side, and the two shorter base pieces in the middle.
3. Pull out a few inches of the right strand to form a loop at the top, and lay the end of the right strand behind the base threads.
4. Move the left strand under tail of the right strand, across the top of the base threads, and through the loop formed by the right strand.
5. Pull the knot tight by applying even tension to the right and left strands.
6. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until your bracelet reaches the desired length. As you work, you’ll see the spiral starting to form.
7. Finish either by tying with an overhand knot at the end, or by slipping on a bead or button. Fasten to your wrist by slipping the knot or bead through the loop on the other end.
If you prefer snug-fitting hemp bracelets, choose hemp with the fewest fibers sticking out from the strand, or opt for polished or waxed hemp so your bracelet will be less itchy.