How to choose macrame cords

If you’re new to macrame or want to branch out into different projects, you will notice that there is a range of cords available depending on the kind of project you want to create.

If you’re not sure what kind of cord you need for a project, many online retailers offer a macrame kit that comes with the most appropriate type of cord, as well as instructions. A macrame kit, such as the macrame kits from Wool Couture, can be a great option for beginners for this reason and online retailers offer a lot of options for potential projects.

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If you want to choose the right cord for something specific, here are some things to consider:


If you already have a pattern, it’s important to use the most appropriate cord, otherwise it may not work out. This is because an incorrect size can affect the overall length of a cord when it’s knotted.

3-ply cords

A 3-ply cord, or rope, is the thickest cord and is slightly stiffer and good for bigger knots. It can withstand weight (in fact, sailors throughout history used to make macrame with rope), and so may be more suitable for larger items, including hanging pots, which are a stylish addition to any home.

Single twist cords

Single twist cords are thinner and more breakable. They will not be able to take as much weight as a 3-ply and therefore might buckle under the weight of, for example, a large wall hanging. As the cord is thinner it is also trickier for a beginner to start with this cord, but it does fringe well.

Braided cords

Braided cords are structured and can’t be fringed at the bottom. They are versatile and can be used for many purposes, including plant pots, clothing, or wall hangings.

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What will it look like in your home?

Different cords will create different effects on the eye and you should also take this into consideration. Braided cords won’t fray, so they can look more structured, while a 3-ply is thicker and can create a naturalistic aesthetic.

Sagar Taylor


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