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Macrame Terminology

While reading designs for a project might be quite perplexing when you're just starting, it becomes far less so as you gain experience. Finding out what sort of string to purchase is a complete mystery. The following are 19 macrame terminology that every novice should be familiar with. What exactly is a sinnet? Which is better: twisted or braided? When all we need to do is produce beautiful fiber artworks, that's enough to control your brain spin. Let's start by delving into the mysteries of the macrame thread. There are several types of string, cable, and rope. There are three main types of materials, and the one you choose should be determined by the final appearance you desire for your project.

Macrame string is incredibly soft, has a single twist, and is usually manufactured from cotton. It creates a beautiful fringe ideal for wall hangings and other decorative projects. Be cautious if you must undo and knot it many times since it isn't very forgiving when redoing anything.

Macrame rope is normally made of three cotton strands that are twisted together. Even though it is more durable than thread and not quite as soft, it is the ideal material for building plant hangers. Because it keeps its form well, is simple to undo and retie, and has a wavy appearance when fringed, the rope is my preferred choice for this project.

Macrame cable is typically made up of six strands that are braided together. It may be constructed of cotton or polypropylene, among other materials (plastic). The cord is robust, making it the ideal material for projects that must support the weight. Consider the use of a clothesline. It typically doesn't fringe properly and ends up looking a little fuzzy.

Now that the riddle has been answered let's speak about some phrases that will help you interpret a macrame design without feeling like you're reading a different language.

Knots for beginners and their acronyms

  • LHK - It is abbreviated as lark's head knot (LHK). A lark's head knot is being used to bind the rope to the object using a loop of thread. It is also used to connect two pieces of rope. Take note that the looping is in the front. It is accomplished by wrapping the rope around the dowel rod.
  • RLHK - Lark's head knot (RLHK) is a reverse lark's head knot. The same as above, but in the other direction. The direction in which you fasten the lark's head knot will depend on however you want your item to appear. The invalidate lark's head knot is formed by looping the rope around the wooden rod many times.
  • HSK - is an abbreviation for the half square knot. The letter L represents the left edge of the square knot. You will get a spiral design when you tie all the HSK knots together.
  • RHSK - is an abbreviation for the right half squared knot. The HSK is the opposite of this. You will have a spiral pattern when you tie all the RHSK together.
  • SK - is an abbreviation for the square knot. When a half-squared and a right half-square knot are combined, they form a full square knot. Square knots will be used in every item of jewelry you create. It's the simplest and most basic knot you may learn how to tie.
  • HHK – half hook knot (also known as half hitch tying). Using a half hook knot to create borders or boundaries is a terrific way to save time and effort. This knot may also be done on the left or right side of the body. Because an HHK is nearly always constructed in pairs, the abbreviation DHHK will be used most of the time in patterns. It's also crucial to understand that an HHK may be connected vertically or horizontally, so you may see the acronyms VHHK and HHHK used to refer to them. Are you completely perplexed at this point?
  • ASK – Alternate square knots in a circle. When making ASKs, you take half of the cords from nearby knots and tie a new knot that sits below and between the originally tied knots.
  • Sinnet - A sinnet is a column of identical knots arranged in a row. When tying a sinnet of knots, square knots are the most often seen knot.
  • Working chords — In a macrame craft, working cords are any cords that are used.
  • Knotting cords — Knotting cords are also the cords that are being used to knot the knots into your design, and they are available in a variety of colors.
  • Filler cords — Filler cords are the cords that are knotted around knots in your craft to make it seem more finished.
  • Row - a straight stripe of knots made side by side and knotted with a diverse workplace string than the previous knots in the row. To prevent cords from unraveling, a finishing knot is formed at the ends of the cords to bind them. These hardwood handbag handles are finished with a simple knot that brings the HHK design close and prevents it from unraveling.

In the beginning or after a project, a gathering knot brings cords together and holds them together. Gathering knots are frequently used to begin and end a plant hanger, and they are very effective. These macrame words will bring you up to speed and ready to interpret a macrame design after you've learned them.

Macramé may be made using a broad range of synthetic fibers, depending on your preference. Cords ranging in thickness from 3 mm through 6 mm will be required for most standard applications. Micro-macramé is a technique used to produce jewelry and tiny ornamental things. It simply refers to string usage between 0.5 mm and 2 mm in thickness.

Macramé Patterns for Free – You recommend starting with this extensive book to learn all there is to know about macramé. There are free designs, but there are also several articles for novices, a lexicon of often used vocabulary, and even a page on macramé for children to explore. 

Decorative Macramé - A stunning selection of colorful cotton ropes and DIY kits and instructions can be found at this store. You may also find inspiration in the book Modernist Macramé: 33 Fashionable Projects for The Handmade Home, written by the company's creator Emily Katz.

Pepperell Braiding Company - is a braiding company in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Starting as a shoelace firm in 1917, Pepperell has grown into one of the world's leading manufacturers of macramé cord and other macramé materials. Everything from wooden beads and dowel rods to a range of cords or DIY kits may be found here.