Macrame is the art of tying knots to create textiles. Beginners just learning to macrame, and who want instant gratification, may choose to make a bracelet or necklace. Basic macrame jewellery is inexpensive and fairly quick to produce. Those looking for DIY gift ideas can buy a ball of hemp jewellery cord at a craft store and whip out presents quickly. When you're feeling more confident with your basic macrame skills, you can add wood, glass or clay beads to your designs.
Cut two long strands of hemp twine. Each strand should be approximately 10 times as long as the piece you want to make.
Fold one strand in half and loop the folded end around a pencil or paintbrush. Pull the loose ends through the loop and tighten against the pencil. Repeat with the other strand. You will have four strands of twine hanging off the pencil. Lay these strands side by side.
Take the far right string and pull it over the two inner strings and under the far left string. The two inner strings are called the "anchors."
Pull the left string behind the two anchors and through the loop created by the right string to make a half square knot. Tighten the knot against the pencil.
Start with the right strand again and repeat, then repeat with the left string. Continue tying half square knots in this fashion until your jewellery is as long as you want it to be. Remove the stick and pull the anchor strands to tighten the end loops.
Put the bracelet or necklace around your wrist or neck and pull the anchor strands through the loop created by the pencil. Tie the anchors in a square knot with the two outer strands to secure the jewellery. Cut off excess length with scissors.