New to the world of macramé?
Thanks to social media sites – such as Pinterest and YouTube – learning this popular craft is easier than ever before. But choosing a suitable macramé cord for your project can be tricky, especially as a beginner. There are so many options to choose from. How do you know which is the right one to buy?
Here we offer a simple guide to get you started.
A guide to choosing macramé cord
Essentially, there are three main factors that you need to consider:
Macramé cords are separated into different ‘types’ depending on the way they are constructed.
The most common is a braided cord. Just as the name suggests, several fibres are braided (or woven) together to create a round and flexible length of rope. Due to this design, braided macramé cords don’t tend to unravel whilst knotting and are quite easy to work with. They’re also very cheap, making them an ideal option if you wish to practice – and are likely to make a few mistakes!
Other popular types of macramé cord include 3-ply and single strand. However, these can be more expensive and are better suited to those who are advanced or have been knotting for a while.
It’s also important to think about the material from which the macramé cords are made.
Some are woven from natural fibres, such as cotton, jute and hemp. Cotton macramé cord, in particular, is a very popular option. It’s soft to touch (and, therefore, comfortable on the hands), it creates a beautiful rustic appearance and lends itself well to most indoor projects.
Others macramé ropes are constructed from synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polypropylene. These come in a wider range of colours and, as such, can be used to create a really unique and eye-catching piece. They’re also extremely durable and, as they can withstand the elements, are a great choice for outdoor designs.
Lastly, you should consider the size of the macramé cord very carefully. This can make a huge difference to the success of your project. Not only will it influence how well you can follow the pattern, but it can also affect the final look of the piece. So, it’s vital that you choose wisely.
Small cords are usually 1-2mm in diameter. These are very flexible and can be easily curved, making them an ideal option for intricate and detailed macramé projects – such as jewellery and keyrings.
Medium cords are the most common. Measuring approximately 3-5mm in diameter, they can be used to create a wide range of pieces, including plant hangers, wall art, lanterns, rugs and more.
Large cords include those which are 6mm in diameter or above. Typically, these are only used for large designs (i.e. floor-length curtains, blinds etc.) and cover a large area with relatively few knots.
Stock up on macramé supplies at Paracords Direct
The right macramé cord for you will depend on many factors, including the specific piece you wish to make, the final appearance you would like to achieve and your personal ability level. But the good news is, whichever type or style you decide on, you can find it here – at Paracords Direct.
We currently stock a range of macramé materials, including braided cotton cord, braided jute cord, and braided polypropylene cord, to name a few. These come in a variety of colours and sizes, with something to suit most requirements, and are available for an incredibly competitive price.
So why not take a look today? Browse our full online collection and, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Our team has fantastic knowledge of all the products available. They’re happy to provide further information, particularly regarding the look and feel of our macramé cords, and can even advise on the best one for your project. Simply give us a call on 01692 668996 or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.