Cord Preparation is a topic seldom found in
Macrame books. Preparing the tips of cords
properly is the most important step for every
Macrame project. Materials may need
conditioning or stiffening, too.
This page shows you various ways to deal with the
cut ends, to prevent the cords from unraveling
while you work.
Handling materials can cause messy and frayed
ends, which can be frustrating.
Twisted materials are likely to come apart
completely, if you don't do something about it
BEFORE starting your project.
Preparing the cords should take place as
you cut each one, which is usually the
After you cut each cord from the roll, you
can apply beeswax
to soften it, and eliminate any fuzz.
Warm the wax in your hands, then apply it
like a crayon, rubbing it along the length
of the cord (both sides).
I recommend applying beeswax, or a similar
product, to all the Natural Materials
When using Synthetic Materials,
beeswax can be applied to Satin and fine Nylon
Beading cords. The others are optional.
After the cords are conditioned, inspect each one
for imperfections. Discard any material
Then use one of the following methods for cord
Preparing with Tape
The term "fray" means the fibers are
So using tape to hold the fibers together
is one technique you can use for cord
Cut a SMALL piece of masking tape (or cellophane
tape). Wrap it around the tip of the cord
while you squeeze the area to make it narrower.
During the finishing process, you can cut off the
area with the tape.
This is my favorite technique, and I use it when I
will be applying beads. By making the tip
narrow and as flat as possible, it is much easier
to pass the cord through the bead.
One quick and easy way to prepare cords is
to tie knots near the tips.