What to consider when choosing a macrame cord?

Hello Macrame Enthusiasts!


Ever found yourself puzzled over choosing the right Macrame cord for your project? If so, you’re in the right place! Here’s a fun breakdown I’ve crafted just for you.

What Cord to Dive into First?

Starting out, it’s crucial to choose the right cord to get that perfect knot. Most seasoned macrame artists, including yours truly, love working with cotton Macrame cords. Typically, these cords come in:

– 3-Ply rope (Triple Twist)
– Braided cords
– Single Twist cords (Single Strand/1-Ply)

But wait! Before you get twisted in knots, let me explain these in a bit more detail.

The Rope Vs. Cord Debate

Often, you’ll find Braided and Single Twist Macrame cords labeled simply as cords, whereas 3-Ply usually goes by the rope tag. Whichever you choose, rest assured, all are buttery soft and durable – just perfect for those mesmerizing macrame designs.

3-Ply Macrame Rope:
A fantastic blend of many threads twisted into three distinct strings. Their unique structure offers strength, making them ideal for both large and small projects. From chic wall hangings to market bags, this rope is versatile. Remember to tape the ends to avoid any sneaky unraveling.

Braided Macrame Cords:
These cords are a maze of single threads, beautifully braided together. They are slightly stretchy, adding a soft touch to your pieces. Plus, they’re durable, so if you’re a newbie, this might be your best friend!

Single Twist Macrame Cords:
Crafted by twisting hundreds of threads into a single cord. Working with these cords feels like a dream! They’re delicate, so best suited for smaller projects.

Choosing Your Macrame Cord

When starting, consider these points:

1. Patterns – Always stick to recommended cords to ensure consistency.
2. Project Type – While any cord can work for any project, it’s best to consider the durability. For instance, Single Twist cords might not be ideal for larger wall hangings.
3. Look & Feel – Each cord lends a unique texture. While 3-Ply gives a robust appearance, Braided cords ooze elegance, and Single Twist cords bring in a dreamy vibe.
4. Personal Touch – Experiment! That’s what I did. Try different cords and see which one resonates with your style.

Thickness Matters!

For bigger projects, go bold with thicker cords, and for smaller ones, opt for thin cords. It’s all about getting those knots to pop!

Wondering Where to Shop? ️

Bobbiny is my top pick! Not only are their cords super soft, but they also have a fabulous color range. If you’re eco-conscious, you’ll love the fact that they are eco-friendly and high-quality.

Macrame With Yarn?

Sure! While it’s easier for beginners to practice with 3-5 mm Macrame cords, yarn is perfect for simpler projects like plant hangers.

Measuring Cords

A quick tip: your Macrame cord should typically be four times the length of your project. And always, always cut a tad bit more than you think you might need.

Starting with Macrame?

All you truly need is passion, some cords, and scissors. And if you ever get tangled up, join our Macrame for Beginners Group. Let’s craft magic together!

Quick Glance:

Cord Type Best For
3-Ply Macrame Rope Wall Hangings, Plant Hangers, Market Bags
Braided Macrame Cords Wall Hangings, Jewelry, Bags
Single Twist Macrame Cords Small Wall Hangings, Jewelry, Coasters

Sending you love and happy knotting vibes! ❤️

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