Welcome to Hemp Beadery’s craft blog. Hemp products can be used to make hemp jewelry, dream catchers, macrame snowflakes, home decor, hats, belts, embellish handmade cards and more!
The instructions were to make a rustic, country feel wedding card, using teal hemp twine – and by
the end of the month, please! This gate fold card is the result.
The papers used have a sheen on them and are in shades of cream and light beige, with one
paper having a small damask pattern to compliment the other one, which is striped. The edges
were shaded in brown ink to give a rustic look. The hearts were die cut in shiny embossed teal
colored paper and thin craft cork, while the cream bunting was also die cut. The horseshoes and
cacti were stamped in brown.
The damask patterned paper was used for the centre inside panel and brown craft card stamped
with horseshoes and tiny sprays of flowers was used for the side panels. Teal colored hemp twine
was used for tying the card together. A die cut shape was included for writing a personal message
of congratulations inside the card.
The card was tied together with two lengths of teal hemp twine, which were attached to a punched
hole each side of the gate fold. The twine was long enough to wrap loosely around the card and
tie in a bow at the back, still allowing the card to stand up, or tied at the front in a longer flowing
The flowers on this card are created by using a very wet paint brush to pick up watercolor and literally blob it in three places on a white card. When dry, draw a wiggly line from each flower head using a waterproof black pen. Draw in fun shaped leaves, paint lightly in green. Doodle centres and outlines. Tie a bow in a length of hemp twine and attach to a stem, then doodle a line around the edge of the card to finish.
The female rabbit watering her garden was stamped in brown on a square piece of card and then painted with a variety of different makes of watercolour pens. The card was backed with bright yellow paper and fixed to a slightly larger square card. The sentiment ‘with love to you’ was stamped on a small tag with a small length of bakers twine attached. The tag and card were outlined with in brown faux stitches.
A 10 inch metal ring was covered with macrame square knots in rainbow hemp twine. A howlite stone peace symbol bead was used to anchor the four straight inner parts of the sign, which were made with macrame square knots again and secured to the outer metal ring. Glass crow beads, cotton tassels and feathers were threaded and tied to lengths of rainbow twine dangling from the bottom of the ring. The feathers were left over from another craft project.
*Twine, beads and tassels are all available from HempBeadery.
The background pattern for this card was made by randomly stamping small flowers and leaves in pastel colours onto a piece of white card, then cutting it into two triangles and fixing to the top and bottom corners of a rectangular card. The words were stamped in pink, the card trimmed to size and the corners rounded with a corner punch. A piece of hemp twine was wrapped round the card and tied in a bow before attaching it to the centre of the card with sticky pads to give the card depth. A deep pink pen was used for the faux running stitches.
Experiment with any small stamps you may have of your own, you will be amazed at what you create!
This mandala was crocheted using hemp cotton yarn left over from other projects. It really brightens up a plain cotton tote bag, with the pompom in the center adding the finishing touch.
Use any crochet mandala pattern to decorate your own bag with hemp cotton yarn in colors of your own choice.
* Hemp cotton yarn and pompoms available from HempBeadery
The dream catcher was made using a 10 inch metal ring, 1mm natural hemp cord and crystal beads. The ring was covered approximately two thirds of the way round with the hemp. Just two macrame knots – square and spiral knots – are used, so even a beginner could attempt such a design. All cords were attached to a small central plastic ring and the design worked outwards from that. The streamers are long lengths of twine, white ribbons and broad lace, and strips of white floaty voile cut from a window curtain found in a thrift store. The crystal beads really catch the sunlight and sparkle on sunny days.
This macrame tree of life was created with 2mm natural hemp twine, a 10 inch metal ring and light and dark shades of brown wood beads. The metal ring was completely wrapped with twine before starting on the tree itself. There are many ways of making a Tree of Life, but this one was created from the the roots upwards. Lengths of hemp were attached and then plaited together to form the tree’s trunk before dividing for the branches. The thicker branches were made using the macrame spiral knot and thinner branches were made by just twisting two strands together. Beads were randomly threaded onto the branches. To finish, the twine branches were stretched tightly and secured to the metal ring before being glued in place with super glue. There was no particular pattern in mind when starting the tree, it just developed as it progressed.
Make a tassel key chain with cotton tassels and wood beads
6 x 1.5 inch tassels in colors of your choice
10 x 8 mm wooden beads
2 glass beads
1 split ring
1 Key chain clip
Needle and strong thread
Cut a long length of thread and attach the tassels individually, tying a knot in the thread between each tassel. Thread the needle through the two glass beads, then the ten wooden beads. Pass the needle through the split ring and tie the thread securely under the wooden beads so that they form a circle.
Attach a purse clip to the split ring and your purse accessory is finished.
Hemp rope banners are very simple to make and can be made in any color combination or to celebrate any season. All that is required is a length of hemp rope, scraps of material, ribbons, tuille, lace, hessian, etc. We do recommend using a decent pair of cutting scissors though, because it can take some time to cut out sufficient strips of material.
Our length of hemp rope measures 3 feet long, and the strips of material are roughly 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. We used material found in a second hand shop, interspersed with lengths of white tuille and hessian ribbon. Don’t worry about cutting the strips of material neatly, jagged and frayed edges and ends merely add to the ‘country’ feel.
Attach each strip of material to the hemp rope with a lark’s head knot. We advise starting in the middle of the rope and working outwards along each side until the banner is the width you require it to be. Tie an overhand knot at each end of the rope and hang the banner in your chosen position. Easy peasy!