Friday, May 16, 2014

Tips in Selecting, Measuring, and Knotting Your Macrame Cords

By Melissa Cordstone

Learn how to buy the right type of macrame cord, to measure the right amount of cord to use, and to know how to knot the cords correctly so that they produce the right macrame pattern. A design with too tight or too loose knots or cords that are not aesthetically pleasing will certainly affect how the finished piece looks.

If you have experienced running out of cord to work on or have too much cord left over, then you will surely understand how important these tips are. The most important tip to remember is that, when buying macrame cord, you should select the correct thickness, as it is a crucial factor. A thicker cord requires more length; a pattern that has many knots also requires a longer cord.

If you choose to use a cord type that is different from the recommended type in the pattern, then you are risking a result that you may not like. However, if you are experienced enough with macrame cords, you can interchange cord types as long as they have the desired amount, diameter, flexibility, texture and strength.

If you choose to use a thicker cord that what was specified in the pattern, be well aware that you will need to make less number of knots than what was recommended in the pattern. A thicker cord and lots of knots can make the piece look bulky, even if you use beautiful accessories like, beads and pendants.

You should also be careful in how tight or loose you tie your knots. Consistency is very important when making the pattern. Cords too tightly knotted tend to bunch up. They do not fall into the correct position to create the desired effect.

However, if you still run out of cord, which happens to the best of us, there is still the splicing method to fall back on. This is the emergency trick in lengthening a cord by cutting a cord in half lengthwise, and then joining the two ends together by unraveling the threads and coating them with strong clear glue. Twist them together and then air-dry them.

Melissa Cordstone is a passionate macrame lover for more than 20 years. She loves to write about macrame cords, knots and patterns in making micro-macrame jewelry and macrame plant hangers. She owns a blog called Macrame Lovers and works hard to build a strongly knotted community of macrame lovers from around the world.

Melissa Cordstone also wrote:  One Stop Macramé Shop - Your Complete Macramé Guide

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