Macrame Choker With Hemp

This choker features traditional macrame knotting.  It really is a skill that is useful in so many stringing applications.

Nancy Donaldson created this necklace to feature our natural hemp strings.

Isn’t it delightful?  It will be just perfect for summer outings.

Dazzle-it has a huge assortment of hemp strings in many colours and thicknesses.  The natural collection is classic macrame for the 70’s

These Preciosa Rocailles in the opaque brown iris color added just the right amount of bling to the necklace.

Macrame Choker With Hemp

This choker features traditional macrame knotting.  It really is a skill that is useful in so many stringing applications.

Nancy Donaldson created this necklace to feature our natural hemp strings.

Isn’t it delightful?  It will be just perfect for summer outings.

Dazzle-it has a huge assortment of hemp strings in many colours and thicknesses.  The natural collection is classic macrame for the 70’s

These Preciosa Rocailles in the opaque brown iris color added just the right amount of bling to the necklace.

Kumihimo With Hemp and Beads

This adorable bracelet is the result of a new experiment.

I have been wondering how a kumihimo braid would look if it was part beaded and part hemp cord.

The Dazzle-it Hemp collection has a number of great colour options, but this month I have been very attracted to the Vintage Colours collection in the thinner 10lb cord.

My first thought was to use a twisted needle to help me add all my beads to the hemp cord.

However, I realized that the hemp cord didn’t need the help.  It is stiff enough to pass through the beads without help.

I prepared my circle kumihimo disk with the standard 8 cord setup.

I learned very quickly that the hemp with the beads on it would get very stiff as I braided.  I needed to add some extra slack…so on the open end I used a bead stopper which I could move to give the beads a little more space.

When my braid was a good length I knotted one end.

Ordinarily I use string to finished a kumihimo cord before I cut it and then glue on an end cap.  In this case the beads would all unravel, so I glued a section of my kumihimo cord before I cut it.

I really like this effect.

Soon I will complete a braid using all beaded strands…but before I do I need one of these bead spinner to make my task go quicker!

Hemp – Gorgeous Dazzle-it Colours

I found a hemp collection that I had missed during other trips to the warehouse.  This is the Vintage Colours Collection!

Isn’t it beautiful?  Last week I saw the Swarovski trends report and this palette works well in the “Reflections on Beauty” Glamour section.

This weekend I will make a new kumihimo necklace with it!

For Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving!

For our other friends, see you Tuesday.

Hemp 100% Natural 1mm 20lb

The Kumihimo Disk – It Can Take a Lot!

I have given my Dazzle-it kumihimo disk a lot of work!

I underestimated just how many different fibers I would be able to use with it.

This week I made a kumihimo braid featuring a thick t-shirt yarn,  1.8 mm hemp and rattail.  It braided beautifully!

The kumihimo 10 mm end cap set finished my necklace professionally.

Hemp and Ori Crystals

This little bracelet is a simple way to showcase both my crystals and some pink hemp.

The Dazzle-It Eco Friendly hemp is a friendly alternative to cotton and other synthetic cord and stringing materials.  I have several sets!

The Spring Colours Hemp 100% Natural 1mm 20lb ( 4×29.9ft) palette is a favorite!

I selected crystal clear and pink round cut Ori crystals for my bracelet.  Doesn’t the hemp look great in this super easy overhand knot? The 1mm hemp cord passed through the bead with ease!

The finishing detail was my fancy heart toggle set.

Hemp stringing material is available at John Bead in many different colours, sizes and lengths!

Hemp is on sale this month too!

Colour Matching With Kumihimo & How to finish off the ends!

When I began teaching myself kumihimo I didn’t realize that I would start pulling out all my old jewelery to see if I could give it a makeover.  This brown and red rose never seemed to work with anything.

I decided to try and colour match the tones in the stone and rose and selected two rattail and one hemp cord from the Dazzle-It collection to work with.  By using two strands of hemp, my finished cord is a lot thinner.

I should really call this kumihimo cord the super bowl necklace….I made this extra long piece on Sunday.

I made such a long strand that I knew I could make a bracelet too!  All you have to do is tie off a section and then cut it.

I added some links to my JBB pewter end caps by twisting a little wire. I created a loop and wire wrapped the bottom of the loop.

Then I glued my kumihimo cord ends in place with Hypo Cement. Hypo cement adheres to metal and fabrics , it will dry in a few hours and cures in about 24 hours.

Isn’t it amazing how this little bit of red hemp added so much to the cords final colouring?

I’m really happy with this necklace now!  I have one more round disk sample to complete and then I will be starting to test out the square/flat braid disk!