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5 most valuable macrame tips

5 most valuable macrame tips

1. Use good quality rope

Craft and home stores have a variety of cotton, acrylic, nylon and twine cords with a rope-like twist that are suitable for macrame. Personally I prefer to work with cotton rope of atleast 3mm in diameter. Cotton rope comes in 2 types. Braided and twisted cotton rope. Braided cotton rope are 6 strands (or more) braided into a single rope. 3-strand rope (sometimes called 3-ply) where the strands are twisted around each other. I've seen it in 4 strands, but conventional rope tends to be 3-strand. I love it because it is easy to work with, is extremely strong and durable, and unravels at the ends to make a really lovely fringe. The rope I use can be bought here.

2. Keep it simple

There are so many different knots to use in macrame. A good first knot to learn is a simple square knot. There are 2 ways to do this knot: The square knot and the alternating square knot. This knot is the very basis of most of the macrame out there these days, and a wonderfully easy beginner knot to try.

3. Keep your tension even

This one requires practice. The strength with which you tighten the knots affects the consistency of their size. Practice over and over until you find a rhythm and see that your knots are consistent. You'll need to find a balance between knotting to loose and have you work look shoddy and knotting to tight.

4. Save your leftover rope

While you’re learning you will may have a few try, and try agains. And getting the length of the rope JUST right can be your biggest obstacle. The length of the rope required for a project will differ depending on the type of knots used, the pattern, the tension of your work and the dimension of the rope. You never want to little rope since it can be complicated to add extra to your piece. We always suggest you err on at least 10% more than you think you will need, just to be safe. There are lots of small project to do with your leftover rope. You can try macrame leaves, a key-chain or bookmark. You can also add the scraps as fringes to other work. The options are endless.

5. Get involved and have fun

The best way to do anything is to find the right support. The same goes for learning macrame. Join a community of fellow macrame enthusiast. You'll find answers to your questions, be inspired and share knowledge. Expressing your creativity through macrame is one of the best parts of the journey. Let your creativity free and create something that comes from your heart. 

 

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@Diane Thank you for your contribution.

Actually we ship worldwide (including the USA) and orders over 110$ ship for free.

Robin Hendriks

Your link to buy material is not very helpful here in the USA.

TO ANSWER THE ? ABOUT HOW TO CALCULATE MEASURING CORDS:
If the macrame design uses doubled cords folded in half to form two cords, then the length should be approximately 8 times the length of the finished piece. If the piece uses a lot of open spaces and less closed spaces, then shorter cords should be used.

Diane

How do you calculate the length of the rope

amanda

Love this simple but lovely hanging where do i get the pattern and how much cord

Evelyn Rutkowsky

I read through all the tips that was given. I am a beginner and I found your tips very helpfull. Thanks alot.

RKigil

Reuben Ovia Kigil

I am confused in choosing the rope. Where can I get this ropes. In our city I didn’t found. U tips too helpful.

Pranita

I am confused in choosing the rope. Where can I get this ropes. In our city I didn’t found. U tips too helpful.

Pranita

I guess take lessons. You explained the most important pints. One question.
I have arthritis, not too bad can I still manage using 3 mm? Thank you

Grace cslabrese

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