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Macrome Cord Guide

In terms of materials, it is not difficult to create beautiful macrame crafts; nonetheless, a substantial amount of macrame cord is required. Despite its low cost, this rather simple crafting material is available in various colors and designs to fit the work at hand. You can get it at certain retail craft and hobby shops, but you should be aware that it is typically less expensive (and of higher quality) to purchase it online. To assist you in finding the appropriate macrame materials for your needs, I've put up a fast reference to all the many varieties of macrame cord and the best sources to get them. I've also explained the differences between a rope, macrame cord, Yarn, & waxed cord so that you can choose the best substance for the project from the beginning. If you're looking for high-quality macrame cable in a hurry, look at these fast recommendations for the finest general-purpose cords listed below.

Choosing a Macrame Cord

Material – The macrame cord's composition is vital. Hemp and jute were highly popular macrame fibers. However, the marketability of nylon & satin rayon macrame cords encouraged their popularity. If you are a newbie, I choose nylon since it is easier to unravel if you make a mistake.

Intensity – A macrame cord's tensile strength is determined by its Jute, leather, ribbon, and nylon cords are quite strong.

Twist - The manufacturing method determines whether individual strands of material were braided or twisted. Macrame braided cable unravels slower than a twisted cord. Always treat all ends of a string before starting a macrame creation. Dip ends in clear wax. To produce a fringe, knot the top of a fringe to prevent it from unraveling.

Stiffness - A cable should be flexible enough to bend and curve. Making a necklace or bracelet requires a thinner macrame string. Cotton embroidery cord, for example, is soft and flexible. You may also use leather; however, it must be under 2 mm wide.

Texture - Some macrame cords are harsh and may cause skin irritation. The use of hemp and copper cables is not advised. Materials considered were nylon, silk, satin rayon, and cotton. You may also use leather, which softens with wear.

Diameter - The diameter of a macrame cord is commonly expressed in millimeters (mm). When purchasing a string, consider if it may be placed into beads, buttons, or other ornaments. Greater diameter cords may need larger ornamentation. A decent micro-macrame cable has a diameter of less than 2.0 mm.

Quantity - The quantity of cord refers to the total length required for the job. The length and width of the cables vary. Most macrame artists utilize nylon and leather strands to offer the greatest properties. I like these two wires since they are readily available.

Types of cotton cords

However, while ordering your supplies, you'll immediately discover that there are many sorts of cables to pick from. The way these cotton cords are twisted and assembled is the key distinction.

Macrame vs. rope: What's the difference

The terms' cords' and 'rope' are used interchangeably. All cords are soft, resilient, and great for Macrame regardless of the material.

Project type

For my plant hangers & Macrame market bags, I choose 3-PLY or braided cords. I like single twist cords for Macrame handbags, wall hangings, and Macrame jewelry. It's great if you disagree with me & prefer the other way around. Order a variety of cords to find your favorite appearance and feel.


Braided and 3-PLY cables appear different from single twist cords. Use braided & 3-PLY cords for cleaner knots, & use braided & 3-PLY cords for cleaner knots.

3 PLY Macrame

3-PLY Rope (Triple Twist) Cotton cords are made of single twisted threads. 3-PLY ropes are robust and flexible due to their twisted structure. The silky material forms lovely knots and a twirly fringe.

Cotton Macrame Cords

Single twist cables are made up of hundreds of single threads twisted together. The silky soft cloth forms the loveliest knots & a fluffy fringe.

Macrame Cords

Hundreds of separate threads are braided into one cable. These amazingly Macrame cords are an excellent alternative to t-shirt yarn for larger applications.

When following a pattern, use the same sort of cord. 3-PLY & braided cords are stiffer, so your knots will be larger. Single twist cords generate fewer knots for smaller tasks.

What is the ideal Macrame cord thickness?

The general practice is to use thin cables for minor jobs and thick cords for large ones. In large projects, little cords need more knotting and are less noticeable. Thicker cords will better show off your knots, which you want.

What size mm cable do I need for Macrame?

When following a template, use same-size mm cords or adjust to fit.

Project recommendation

  • 4-10 mm thick for large wall hangings
  • Small wall hanging (3-5 mm in diameter).
  • Planter: 2-5 mm in diameter
  • Bags made with macramé: 3-5 mm
  • 5-3 mm for jewelry
  • 5-3 mm for a key chain or bookmark

Where can I get Macrame cords?

Bobbiny is my favorite go-to brand for cotton Macrame cords, and it is also my #1 suggestion. Whether you're a Macrame newbie or a seasoned pro with years of experience, their environmentally friendly & high-quality repurposed cotton cords are soft silky, sturdy, and pleasant to work with. Affordable and available in various stunning, fashionable hues such as mustard yellow & terracotta, bobbiny cotton cords can quickly transform your home décor projects into something spectacular.

Shopping Guide for Macrame Cords

Take a look at my entire buying guide with the top local internet Macrame cord retailers if you're searching for just a local Macrame cord distributor for Ganxxet or Bobbiny or other brands.

Is it possible to use ordinary Yarn for Macrame?

However, even if you can Macrame with standard Yarn, it's better to learn knots & start your projects using thicker 3-5 mm cotton cord when you're a Macrame novice. On the other hand, Yarn is ideal for making low-cost Macrame hanging planters that don't need elaborate designs. You may also use Yarn to make tassels, and you can include threads into your contemporary Macrame pieces (such as those with metal hoops) & your Microwaves to give them a more finished look.

How to Measure the Length of Macrame Cords

Choosing the length of the item you're making is the first step you'll need to take. The length of your Macrame cord should be around four times the size of your project in most instances. When your string has been folded in half with a Lark's head knot to make two cords, increase the length by eight times.

  • You will almost certainly want an extra cord if your design includes many knots.
  • It is possible to make the cord a little shorter if your design has a lot of straight cords.
  • More cord is required for longer lengths of time, and larger knots need more cord for longer lengths of time.
  • Compared to a single-strand cable, braided cords and three-ply ropes take up more length for each knot.
  • Always cut extra rope than you believe you'll need if you're in any doubt about your decision.
  • Be sure to account for any more cord needed to finish your item with a fringe.

If you would like to discover/learn more about this subject, I propose that you read this paragraph(book) the author wrote on how to properly measure your Macrame cords.

Is it possible to color the macrame cord at home?

Yes, if the cable is composed of cotton or other natural fibers, there is no question! Although they are available in a range of hues, synthetic fibers do not often dye well, despite being readily available.

What does the term "single-ply" (sometimes known as "single-strand") cord mean?

"single-ply" refers to a rope constructed from a single continuous strand. It is also alluded to as a single strand in certain circles. A three-ply cord consists of three different strands twisted together to form the cord. Both are appropriate for Macrame, & both are available in a range of thicknesses to accommodate different projects.

What is the significance of macrame cord, string, & rope being used to refer to the same products?

Even though they are theoretically/technically distinct, you may encounter items that use all three words interchangeably despite their technical differences. It is to increase the number of search results that they appear in and has nothing to do with the real goods. More accurate product descriptions may be found by searching for phrases such as three-ply, single strand, or braided.

Choosing Best Fiber

When starting a new-fangled project, one of the most critical initial steps is selecting the appropriate fiber. Because there are so many alternatives, this can be a fun and exciting process, but it can also be intimidating/daunting if you do not even know where to begin, so let's break this down a little.  Fiber Content, Size, and Texture are the three key areas we will look at. 

Fiber Content

In terms of fiber content, whether you're searching for rope, cable, string, or Yarn, you'll want to choose between working with Natural and Synthetic fibers, depending on your project requirements.

Natural fibers such as linen, cotton, jute, and hemp & wool are excellent for interior crafts, jewelry, home décor, accessories, textiles & gift wrap. Natural fibers are also excellent for outdoor projects. They also are biodegradable, making them an excellent choice for creating that is kind to the environment.

Synthetic fibers incorporate acrylic, polypropylene, nylon, & plastic, and they are great for alfresco projects since they will stand up well in all weather conditions and will not have a breakdown over the period because of exposure to the weather.


The rope is available in many sizes and diameters, some of which are more suited for certain purposes than others. If you're crafting jewelry or doing anything else that requires a small or delicate diameter, 3mm (or less) ropes are perfect. For inspiration, please view our most popular projects using lower-diameter wires here. The most often seen ropes are medium, with diameters ranging from 4mm to 7mm. They are a decent size for macramé beginners because they are more sturdy than smaller ropes & the right size for plant hangers and wall hangings, as well as for furniture, lanterns, curtains, and rugs, among other things. When used for wall hangings, such as our Columns & Arches Wall Hanging, large ropes (8mm-12mm and larger) create a dramatic visual statement & are a lot of fun to work with, especially when combined with other materials. Because of the size, they might be a little more difficult to deal with, but the results are well worth the effort.


When developing an aesthetically pleasing artwork, texture is an important component to consider. For example, it can surely add interest to a piece by including an interesting fiber with texture. Consider how the fiber feels to work with as well, especially if you're cinching up anything large - for example, jute looks wonderful but may be a little harsh on the hands when working with it - before making your decision. There is no need to be concerned/bothered since, fortunately, gloves are an excellent method to protect your hands while working with such a rough textured material.

Cotton is a wonderful material to work with since it is so flexible that it can be used for almost any project. It is gentle on the hands, feels soft to touch, & is available in a variety of sizes and textures. Cotton rop

rope is accessible/available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, including 3mm 2-ply (which is ideal for softer, lighter, more delicate works), 5mm 3-ply (which is what we use for almost all of our workshops & what we recommend for newbies), 6mm 2-ply (which is a wonderful, reprocessed cotton option! ), 12mm 3-ply (for the large scale as well as bulky projects), and a wide variety of diameter statement piece fibers in 16mm, 20mm, 24mm, Cotton string is wonderfully soft, knots up perfectly & almost easily, and is accessible in four different gauges: 2mm 1-ply, 9mm 1-ply, 4mm 1-ply, and 12mm 1-ply. It is also available in a variety of colors.

Jute is a strong, natural fabric with a lovely texture and color. Though harsh and scratchy, it is a wonderful practical fiber that looks gorgeous when twisted together in a bow. 1-ply jute rope is accessible in 6mm diameter.

Felted Wool is indeed a statement fiber that is playful, thick, and soft. Make a rich and beautiful rug out of it or use it to add a touch of woolly flare to something like the rope wall hanging. 1-ply felted wool is accessible in about 8mm thickness.

Polypropylene is a strong, long-lasting rope that will stand up well in the environment; it is an excellent choice/option for outdoor applications because of its resistance to rot and mildew. Polypropylene Rope is offered in a 12mm braided configuration.