I recall, when I just started out with macrame, I would have a hard time picking the right string to use for my work. I didn’t learn to look for them and I didn’t know the parameters on which to base my decisions.
If you’re a beginner like I was, then read those 7 tips that you should remember when selecting your macrame string.
The product from which the macrame cord has been produced is very significant. Fibres, like hemp and jute, used to be very common with macrame artists. Macrame cotton cord is also quite popular.
That being said, their market supply has influenced the rise in interest in macrame cords made from satin rayon and nylon, which are man-made fibres. I recommend you use nylon as a rookie because it’s easy to undo in case you make a braided rope mistake.
The durability of the macrame string largely depends on its structure. A string made of leather, jute, ribbon and nylon is very solid.
The durability of the cord is calculated by how much the separate strands of the cord were twisted or tiled in the production process. A woven macrame cord unfolds less quickly than a tangled cord.
Before starting a macrame design, often treat the sides of the string to prevent the stalls from separating. You may dip the sides in a clear, molten wax. If you want to make a fringe, make sure that the threads do not unravel past the reach of the fringe by tying the top of the fringe.
The string should be elastic enough just to bend and twist according to the specifications of the design. If you make a necklace or bracelet, a thinner macrame string is preferred. For instance, a cotton fabric cord is smooth and very versatile. You may also use leather, but ensure it is less than two mm thick.
There are macrame strings that feel coarse and can irritate the skin. Metal and hemp cords are not suggested for making bracelets and necklaces. The fabrics to be used are nylon, nylon, satin ray and cotton. You may also use leather since it softens after use.
Width or Depth
The diameter of the macrame string is usually shown in millimetres (mm). After buying a string, bear in mind if it can be placed through buttons, beads or other accessories.
Cords with a diameter of more than four mm can require larger accessories. A large string for creating micro-macrame items, such as necklaces and bracelets, should have a diameter of less than 2.0 mm.
Quantity or Amount
The amount of the string represents the length of the cord required for the whole project. Some strings come in broad rolls, while others come in shorter lengths.
Many people use leather and nylon cords as they have most of the highest qualities macrame artists to look for. I prefer these two types of cords because they are both available on the market.