Rayann shows us techniques to make macrame designs using hemp for the creation of fun, interesting jewelry designs. She shows us four techniques. First she introduces us to the half-knot using four strands of hemp. The right-hand strand is brought across the others in the shape of a backwards four, while the left-hand strand is brought behind the others and through the loop created. A series of half knots will result in a spiral design along the length of the jewelry.
Next she introduces the square knot, which produces a flat design, rather than a spiral. The square knot requires two knots. Start with a half knot, then follow it with a reverse half knot (the left-hand piece of string crosses over to create a "4" design). The two knots combine to create the square knot.
The next design creates a small circular loop in the jewelry. Begin with a half knot, but pull it only partially tight so that there is a gap left. Complete it with a square knot to hold the design. The result is an open circle in the piece. As a variation of this, you may take the middle two strings at the bottom, and push up under the circles. The result is the appearance of a square knot with "wings" or loops from each side. Using these tips you can make beautiful macrame jewelry for yourself at home!
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