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How To Make Basic Knots For A Hemp Necklace

Aug 31, 2008
Making your hemp necklaces is fun and easy. Make your own or start early for great Christmas presents for your friends and family! Following is instruction in the two basic knots used for making hemp necklaces.

Materials needed:
Hemp cord, which can be purchased in almost any hobby store. There's a link for hemp cord from Amazon on the HempNecklaces blog listed below.
Scissors
Beads, optional

Cut 4 lengths of hemp cord, two the same length, about 68 inches, and the other two some 120 (or more) inches.

The two shorter cords will form the core, and should be a little longer than the finished piece will be. The longer cords will be used to make the actual knots. If you use beads, the length can be slightly shorter. Beads will be strung on the core strands.

Special Hint #1: If you want a thinner necklace, use only one core strand.

Special hint #2: If you don't want to use metal clasps to join the ends of the piece, you can make a button clasp. Use just two lengths of cord. Make them twice as long, fold them in half and work from there making the knots. Tie off a loop at the folded end. Continue with the knots below. A video of this technique can be found at the blog listed below.

THE FIRST KNOT:
Fold the right-hand strand over the core strands and under the left-hand strand. Bring the left-hand strand under the core strands and then up and over the right-hand strand. Tighten the knot.

THE SECOND KNOT:
Next, fold the left-hand strand over the core strands and under the right-hand strand. Bring the right-hand strand under the core strands and then up and over the left-hand strand. Tighten the second knot.

That's it for basic knots. A little information about hemp:

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. It is a tall, slender fibrous plant similar to flax or kenaf. Farmers worldwide have harvested the crop for the past 12,000 years for fiber and food, and Popular Mechanics once boasted that over 25,000 environmentally friendly products could be derived from hemp.

Unlike marijuana, hemp contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In addition, hemp possesses a high percentage of the compound cannabidiol (CBD), which has been shown to block the effects of THC. For these reasons, many botanists have dubbed industrial hemp "anti-marijuana."

More than 30 industrialized nations commercially grow hemp, including England and Canada. The European Union subsidizes farmers to grow the crop, which is legally recognized as a commercial crop by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Nevertheless, US law forbids farmers from growing hemp without a federal license, and has discouraged all commercial hemp production since the 1950s. Hemp groups are working to allow American farmers to once again have legal access to this agricultural commodity.
About the Author
CJ John, old Hippie and author of this article, invites you to read more about Making Hemp Necklaces at her blog , created for inquisitive grandchildren.
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