Making Hemp Jewelry Is Fun and Easy
By Sam Serio
Making our ideas come to life and creating them with our own hands is a
great source of satisfaction for many of us. Handicrafts such as making hemp jewelry have
been and continue to be very popular among both hobbyists and would-be entrepreneurs
alike. Aside from being a productive way to pass time, making hemp jewelry encourages
creativity and is a great and inexpensive way to have fun either by ones own self or
with friends and family.
Growing hemp is illegal in the United States because it comes from a
variety of the cannabis plant, from which the drug marijuana is derived. Commercial hemp
is the fiber used in making hemp jewelry, and its available in numerous arts and
crafts stores nationwide. The benefits of wearing and making hemp jewelry are numerous: it
is attractive in its uniqueness, it is strong and durable, it can be customized in myriad
ways, and it is environmentally friendly. Fashion designers, including Calvin Klein and
Ralph Lauren, are including hemp-made accessories among their offerings. Also, celebrities
such as actor Woody Harrelson have been vigorously endorsing fashion accessories made from
hemp (and he has had several brushes with the law because of his ardor).
Making hemp jewelry doesnt take much getting used to. It is
similar to macrame in that involves a lot of knot-tying. The beauty of it is you are free
to experiment with various knots and weaves to create unique and attractive patterns. You
can also accent hemp jewelry with beads of different colors and sizes. Dyed hemp fibers
are available in a wide range of colors and textures, so its fun to think of how to
make several hemp rings, necklaces, bracelets and anklets that will go with your everyday
outfits. Sources of inspiration abound, including numerous web sites that specialize in
Hemp jewelry has been associated with the hippie culture of the 1960s
and thats not a bad thing. Its a relic from that era that has evolved to fit
with todays fashion trends, with both the young and not-so-young wearing it all the
time. But making hemp jewelry does not have to be confined to a certain genre or style.
Whats important is the fun factor, as well as the satisfaction experienced in a job
For more information on hemp jewelry making, please check out this excellent book, Making Beautiful Hemp & Bead Jewelry.