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Hemp and big beads were made for each other.

Imagine making this hemp necklace with your favorite big bead.

Simplicity is the best way to show off a great focal bead and this design does a smash up job

This necklace is really easy to make and works up quickly. You just might want to make a matching bracelet too!



  • Hemp twine, 20 lb. test (~1mm wide)
  • 1 focal bead, 2 complementary beads, 1 closure bead with large holes (large enough for two strands of twine to pass through at the same time)
  • Measuring tape





Useful Links:
Glossary of Hemp Jewelry Making Terms
How to Make an Overhand Knot (OH)
How to Make a Half Knot (HK)
How to Make a Square Knot (SK)

Step 1 : Cut two 10 foot lengths of twine.

Step 2: Fold the cords in half.  Make an OH to form a 2 strand loop just big enough for your closure bead to pass through.  You should now have a bead-sized loop, a neat, tight knot, and 4 strands of twine.

Step 3 : Make HK’s until your piece measures about 7″ long.

Step 4 : Thread a ceramic bead onto your filler cords.

Step 5 : Make 2 SK’s, then thread your focal bead onto your fillers.

Step 6 : Thread a ceramic bead onto your filler cords.

Step 7 : Make HK’s until your necklace is about 16″ long.  Check the length around your neck and add or undo SK’s until you like the way it hangs.

Step 8 : Thread your closure bead onto your fillers.  This bead will slide through the loop closure.

Step 9 : Make a tight overhand knot at the base of the last bead, using all four strands of twine.  Cut off the excess twine and dab some glue onto the knot for safety.  Let it dry and you’re done.  Enjoy your gorgeous new necklace!

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About the Author

Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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