When it comes to macrame, there are several things that you need to consider before you make your purchase. From the texture of the cord to the material and color options available, there’s a lot of information to keep track of.
In this guide, we’ll give you a rundown on what each of these terms means so that when you’re buying a macrame cord, you’ll have all the information you need at your fingertips!
1- A Soft Hand
Macrame cords are available in a variety of materials, and some of them may be softer than others. Choosing the right cord will depend on what you plan to use it for and how much you like the softness of your cords.
A soft hand refers to how easily the cords bend when you hold them up, and this can vary from material to material. Some people prefer softer cords because they’re easier on the fingers when tying knots or weaving patterns into their projects; other people prefer stiffer or harder ones for structural reasons (they don’t want their work collapsing under its own weight).
2- Mass or Thickness
The cord is a versatile material made from various materials, including cotton, jute, hemp, and sisal. The thickness of the cord is generally measured in millimeters (mm), and you should consider choosing a cord that’s appropriate for your project.
Thicker cords are more durable and have a more substantial feel; as such, they’re best suited for heavier projects like rugs or hammocks. Thinner cords are more flexible and work great when creating intricate patterns with your macrame design.
3- Color Options
The color options for the macrame cord are somewhat limited. The most common colors are black, brown, and gray. Some cords can also be dyed to different shades of the same color (for example, you could have a black cord that is slightly lighter in color than another).
Color options can be expensive and difficult to find. Since macrame cords are generally sold by the meter, the price of buying multiple colors can add up quickly depending on what lengths you need them cut at. Additionally, if you want to use more than one type of cord from different manufacturers or sources (for example, cotton and rayon), there may not be enough variety available for this purpose.
So, what kinds of materials are available? There are many, including cotton and linen. Each material has its own unique properties that make it suitable for different projects. Cotton is an all-purpose material, while jute is a good choice if you want your project to be more eco-friendly or have the added benefit of being waterproof.
Waxed linen and silk can be used for lightweight projects or in place of leather straps on a handbag strap (if you don’t want to buy leather).
This doesn’t mean that one material is better than another; it just means that some will allow you to create certain types of designs more easily than others.
Durability is an important consideration when choosing a macrame cord. If the cord breaks or frays easily, you may end up with a project that doesn’t hold up as well as you hoped. The strength and durability of your macrame cord will affect how many times it can be used before breaking, whether or not it’s strong enough to withstand repeated knots, and how long the strands last after being cut.
6- Price per Footage
The price per footage also depends on the length of the cord. Longer cords will be more expensive, as well as cords with a lot of color variation and texture or pattern.
It’s important to consider what you’ll be using your macrame cord for, as well as how many times you’re likely to use it before needing to replace it. If you want something that is cheap but has only limited use, opt for a shorter length (around 30 feet) of plain white or black cord. For an all-purpose project that may require multiple projects over several years and dozens or hundreds of feet in total use, choose a longer length that has more variety in its material.
I hope that this has helped you understand what to look for in a good macrame cord. If you’re looking for something specific, don’t forget that it is possible to find it!