Hemp is Back!

8 years ago

Back in the 70s I learned to macrame with my mom and the Girl Scouts, and I took it up again when I was hospitalized for a month a few years ago. My sister brought me some of those Klutz books and the old skills came right back! With the anniversary of Woodstock, and more people going green and natural, I've noticed that hemp jewelry is being worn more. In the college town where I live, I see it on many of the students.

In my mind, hemp jewelry is a summer tradition. I always have some to wear at the beach and around town. I wear my bracelets and necklaces year round, but anklets look so fun and kicky with capris and cute sandals.

I made a set for a bridal party doing a destination wedding to Aruba in the winter, and plain hemp necklaces with one bead for the men.
I like to use a variety of beads: fimo clay, glass, ceramic.

I also like to find cool and different colors of hemp, like this brown and cream. I recently discovered a bunch in bright colors, which make really unique pieces!

While waiting for my cataract surgery, I've been making tons of hemp jewelry because I already have all the supplies and it is something I can do without looking. The only thing I need to see is to thread the beads, so I do that first with a magnifying glass and then watch TV and make the bracelet. I sort of feel like Mary Ingalls when she went away to the School for the Blind and learned to bead by knowing what colors were in which containers!

This 3-loop design is one of my favorites. I love the tropical colors I picked for it, too. It's so summery. I made my sister an anklet last summer and she got tons of compliments. I also made them as party favors for my niece's July birthday.

Even though I give away tons, I still have about 30 in my stash currently, bracelets, anklets, and necklaces, too. Should I sell them? What do you think, would you pay $5.00 for one of these? To be cute and kicky in the summer time? Would your daughter or granddaughter wear it?

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