How to make a hemp bracelet two colors

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How to make a hemp bracelet two colors
You can add beads between knots to spice up your bracelet. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Hemp bracelets are durable, waterproof bracelets made from hemp string or rope. The hemp material gives these bracelets a natural, earthy look. Although hemp is often found in a brownish colour, the hemp string can also be found in other colours. You can use these colours to personalise your hemp bracelets. Hemp bracelets can be given as gifts and used as friendship bracelets, or worn by the maker, for a stylishly earthy look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Three strand of hemp, in two different colours
  • Piece of tape

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  1. 1

    Decide how long you want your bracelet to be. Measure a strand of hemp that is slightly longer than the final length you want. Then, double this length of hemp, and cut it away from the rest of the hemp. Fold the hemp in half, creating two strands. These strands can be any colour you like, as they will not show much in the final bracelet.

  2. 2

    Cut another strand of hemp. This strand should be one of the final colours you want in your bracelet. This hemp strand needs to be about six times longer than the length you want your finished bracelet to be. For example, say this strand is coloured black.

  3. 3

    Cut another piece of hemp, the same length as the strand you cut in Step 2. This strand should be the other colour you want in the finished bracelet. For example, let's say it's white.

  4. 4

    Gather the strands so that the shorter strands' middle, the folded part, and one end of each of the longer strands touch evenly. Tie a simple knot, knotting all the strands together. Make the knot near the top of the strand, but leave a small loop of hemp before the knot.

  5. 5

    Secure the loop end of the hemp strands to something, such as a tabletop, with a piece of tape. This will keep the strands from moving as you work on the bracelet.

  6. 6

    Arrange the strands so that the two short strands lie between the other strands. Place the white strand on the left and the black strand on the right.

  7. 7

    Move the right hand strand, the black strand, to the left, so that it lies over the middle base strands. Push the black strand so that it crosses under the white strand. Keep everything loose so you can see what you're doing.

  8. 8

    Cross the left strand, the white strand, under the bottom of the black strand and under both middle strands. Bring the white strand up through the loop created by the black strand. The white strand crosses over the top of the white strand as it passes through the loop.

  9. 9

    Push the knotted strands higher, so they touch the beginning of the bracelet, as you tighten the knot.

  10. 10

    Cross the black strand, which is now on the left, over the two middle strands and under the white strand.

  11. 11

    Cross the white strand under the piece of black that's on the right. Cross the white under the middle strands.

  12. 12

    Pull the white strand through the loop created by the black strand, crossing over the top of the black strand.

  13. 13

    Tighten the new knot.

  14. 14

    Continue creating knots in this pattern until you reach the desired length. Tie another simple knot, like the one you used to create the first loop, to finish off the bracelet. Push this knot through the loop to secure the bracelet around your wrist.

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