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Hemp Owl Necklace

Hemp Owl Necklace

Description:  This Hemp Owl Necklace is a great project to help you gain skill in Micro-Macrame.

This Micro-Macrame necklace does not have a clasp, so must be at least 28 to 30 inches to fit over most adult's heads.  To double check, place a cord around your neck and hold the ends together.  Take if off to check the size, then measure the cord. 

The Owl pendant is approximately 6 inches long (including fringe).  To make it shorter, change the beads in the body area to just 3 rows (see step 14). 

Because you will be using fine material, this Macrame pattern is rated moderate, suitable for beginners who have experience with the knots used in this pattern.

Jane Beeching provided the inspiration for this Macrame pattern.



Supplies Needed:

  • 1mm Hemp cord (20 yards)
  • 25 - 30 Round Beads, 6mm size with 2mm holes
  • Two beads for the eyes, 8mm in size with 2mm holes
  • One shell for the beak, or a long bead with a horizontal hole (drop bead)
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Tape Measure

Knots Used:



Cutting Instructions

  • Cut 2 cords, each 4.5 yards long (for 28 - 30 inch necklace)
  • Cut 8 cords, each 40 inches long (for Owl Pendant)
  • Cut 1 cord, 24 inches long (For Wrapped Knot)

Prepare the ends with glue to prevent unraveling, and to make it easier to add beads to the Hemp Owl Necklace.


Necklace Portion

1st Half Hitch at Center  

Step 1:  Place the two 4.5-yard cords on your board vertically, so they rest side by side. 

Locate the center of them and secure the cords at that point.

Tie a sennit of Alternating Half Hitches using both cords. The first knot should rest at the center.


Design Tip:  To change this basic design, simply use a different type of knot to make the necklace portion.  

Choose a knot that can be made with two cords.

Bead Spacing 1.5 inches  

Stop when the sennit is 1.5 inches long. Add a bead to both cords, and tie another 1.5-inch sennit.

Continue this until the first half of the Hemp Owl Necklace measures 14 to 15 inches.



Step 2:  Turn the design around, and repeat step 1 on the other side of the center point. 

Start by attaching a bead.

Stop when the entire necklace measures 28 to 30 inches, or is the size you want.

Important: Check the size of the Hemp Owl Necklace by putting it around your neck. Bring the last knots at each end together.

Make sure you can slide it over your head easily.

Add another bead at each end, followed by more Half Hitches, if you need to make it larger.



Owl Pendant

Cross Ends   Step 3: Make a circle with the necklace, and secure it so the ends are crossed at the bottom.  Leave some space, since you will be mounting the cords for the owl pendant to this area.

Mount Pendant Cords  

Step 4: Fold the 40-inch cords in half, and mount each of them to all four ends of the necklace cords, using Larks Head knots.

Mount the first one at the crossing point to hold the four cords together. Add the others on either side.

You will have 20 cords to make the pendant for the Hemp Owl Necklace (includes necklace cords).


Pull on Necklace Cords  

Pull on the necklace cords so that the mounted strands fit snugly between the two halves of the necklace.

You should have a continuous circle of knots, with no gaps between the Larks Heads and the Half Hitches.


V Design  

Step 5:  Mentally number the cords 1 - 20, moving left to right. You'll now make the forehead for the pendant of the Hemp Owl Necklace.

Tie five rows of ASK to form a V Pattern, following the instructions below. Each Square Knot should be tied with 2 working cords and 2 fillers.

  • Row 1: Use cords 1 - 4, 5 - 8, 9 - 12, 13 - 16, and 17 - 20 to tie 5 ASK.
  • Row 2: Use cords 3 - 6, 7 - 10, 11 - 14, and 15 - 18 to tie 4 ASK.
  • Row 3: Use cords 1 - 4, 5 - 8, 9 - 12, and 13 - 16 to tie 3 ASK.
  • Row 4: Use cords 3 - 6, and 7 - 10 to tie 2 ASK.
  • Row 5: Tie one ASK with cords 9 - 12.

1st Row of DHH  

Step 6: Mentally re-number the cords. Place cord 1 along the left edge of the V shape, diagonally.  Secure it so it’s taut, since it will be the first holding cord on the left. 

Attach cords 2 – 10 to it with Double Half Hitches, rotating counter-clockwise.



The first holding cord on the right is cord 20. Place it along the right edge of the V shape.

Attach cords 19 - 11 to it with DHH, in that order.  Tie the knots in a clockwise direction.

Attach holding cord 1 to holding cord 20 with a DHH, to form the point.

Step 7: For the next row on the left, use cord 2 to hold the knots. Attach working cords 3 - 10 to it with DHH.

Also attach holding cord 20 (from the right).

Pull the knots tightly so the two bars formed by the DHH are close together.

The next holding cord on the right is cord 19. Attach cords 18 - 11 to it with DHH, in that order.

Also attach holding cord 1 (from the left).



Step 8: The final step is to attach holding cord 2 to holding cord 19 with a DHH, to form the second point.


Face and Eyes  

Step 9:  Mentally re-number all the cords 1 – 20. 

Separate the cords into groups, and complete the following steps:

  • Cords 1 – 4 -- Tie a sennit of 8 Square Knots *** See Important Information Below
  • Cords 6 and 7 -- Attach a bead (left eye)
  • Cords 14 and 15 -- Attach a bead (right eye)
  • Cords 17 - 20 -- Tie a sennit of 8 Square Knots *** See Below
  • Cords 9 - 12 -- Tie a tight SK (see next photo)

*** Important:  The FIRST SK in the sennits made with cords 1 - 4 and 17 - 20 need to be tightened so they rest AGAINST the diagonal rows of DHH without any gaps (on an angle)

So as you tie the rest of the knots, the sennit will be diagonalYou can see this in the image above.

This helps to create the rounded shape for the face of your Hemp Owl Necklace. So tighten the knots carefully in those areas.


Important: The angle of the next two rows of DHH should not be as sharp as the forehead area in the Hemp Owl Necklace.

The sennits on the sides of the face should curve outward slightly as shown in the image below.

Left Rows of DHH  

Step 10: Mentally re-number the cords. Move cord 9 to the left, and secure it, since it's a holding cord. Attach cords 8 - 1 to it with clockwise DHH, in that order.

Move cord 10 to the left, to be used as the next holding cord. Attach cords 8 - 1, as well as holding cord 9. 



Step 11: The first holding cord on the right is cord 12.  Move it right, and attach cords 13 - 20 to it with counter-clockwise DHH.

The second holding cord on the right is cord 11. Attach cords 13 - 20 to it, along with holding cord 12.


Cords Used for BeaK  

Step 12: Mentally re-number the cords 1- 20.

Locate cords 9 - 12, since they are used to secure the beak for the Hemp Owl Necklace.


Detail of Beak  

Slide cords 10 and 11 through the hole in the shell or bead, heading in opposite directions.

Pull on the two ends to position it as high as possible.

Tie a tight Square Knot with cords 9 - 12.


Body area  

Step 13: Tie a SK with cords 5 - 8. It should rest close to the rows of DHH. Tie another one with cords 13 - 16.

Tie a sennit of 10 SK with cords 1 - 4, and another one with cords 17 - 20.



The body of the Hemp Owl Necklace is made with rows of beads.

For the first row, slide one bead onto cords 8 and 9. Tie a SK just below, with cords 7 - 10.

The next bead should be placed on cords 12 and 13. Tie the SK below it with cords 11 - 14.


Bead Rows 2 - 4  

Step 14: There are three beads in the 2nd row. Add the first bead to cords 6 and 7, with a SK below, tied with cords 5 - 8.

The second bead is placed on cords 10 and 11. The SK below it is tied with 9 - 12.



Place the 3rd bead onto cords 14 and 15. Tie the SK below it with cords 13 - 16.

For the 3rd row, there are two beads: The first one on cords 8 and 9. The SK below it is tied with cords 7 - 10.

The 2nd bead should be placed on cords 12 and 13. The SK below it is tied with cords 11 - 14.

There is one bead at the bottom of the body. Place it on cords 10 and 11. The SK below it is tied with 9 - 12. 

To make the owl shorter, don't add this bead, but make sure you still tie the SK.


Tie a SK  

Step 15: Organize the cords so that cords 1 - 2, as well as 19 - 20 are separated from the others.

Use them to tie a tight SK around ALL the other cords, which are the fillers.

You'll be using the two cords working together on the right and left to tie the knot.


Detail of Body  

Pull on the filler cords as you tighten the knot, so the pendant for the Hemp Owl Necklace is as FLAT as possible.

You can pull on these cords after the SK is tightened, too.



Finishing Touches

Detail of Wrapped Knot  

Step 16:  Make a Wrapped Knot around ALL the cords for the Hemp Owl Necklace, using the 24-inch cord.

After the knot is tightened, apply a light coat of glue.  When it’s dry, cut off any extra material from the cord used to make the Wrapped Knot.


Owl Pendant  

Step 17: Trim the remaining ends so they are even, and apply glue to the tips to form the tail for the Hemp Owl Necklace.

If you wish, you can add bead to the tail cords, followed by Barrel Knots to hold them in place.

I recommend you place the beads on two cords, rather than individually.


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