How To: Make a tribal hemp bracelet

Make a tribal hemp bracelet

To make a tribal hemp bracelet, first you need to prepare the hemp. Buy a natural colored hemp of 1mm thick(20lb twine). Cut one strand of hemp that is around six times the length. Cut a second strand of hemp that is twice the length of the first, or roughly 12 times the length of the bracelet. Fold both strands in the middle, one at a time, making a crease at each midpoint. Knot the creased midpoints together, leaving a loop at the end that is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. Your hemp is ready now and you can start making the bracelet by the following instructions. First secure the knotted end of the bracelet by safety pinning the loop to a piece of fabric furniture or a car seat. Then, place something heavy on top of the loop to weigh it down. Arrange the four strands of hemp twine so that the two shortest strands are together in the middle, with one longer strand on each side. To knot the hemp, pull the right outer strand to a 45 degree angle away from the middle strands and with your left hand guide the right outer strand over the two middle strands and then under the left outer strand. Then, holding the strand in place, weave the left outer strand under the two middle strands and up through the middle. Tighten by pulling on both outer strands. Repeat the knot on the opposite side, beginning with the left outer strand and alternate the knot on either side for a flat bracelet. Create a spiral bracelet by continuously knotting on the same side. Add a bead by threading it on the middle two strands. Leave at least one or two knots between each bead. Again continue knotting and adding beads until the bracelet is long enough to wear around your wrist. Then, complete the bracelet by tying the four strands together in one knot. Fasten the bracelet around your wrist by tying the four loose strands beyond the knot through the loop on the other end of the bracelet. Trim the loose ends. If you follow the steps in this video, you can make a tribal hemp bracelet.

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