The Macrame Beads described on this page are
commonly used for Macrame projects made with 3mm to 8mm materials.
There are also tips about sizing, preparation, and
The most important feature to focus on when
purchasing beads for Macrame is the hole
size. You also need to consider the
width of the material, how many cords pass through
the beads, and how flexible the material is.
The overall size (length) has an impact on how the
beads look in your project. Large, chunky beads on
slender cords won't be attractive. You need
to find a balance between the bead size and the
design of your project.
are now on
a separate page, since they have different
The beads described are used for projects
requiring cord 0.75mm
to 2mm in size. (Click on the link to
visit the page).
common type of beads used for Macrame are
those made with wood.
They range in size from 10mm to 50mm in
The holes are usually 4mm to 12mm in
Tip 1: Remember that cord material
is flexible, so it compresses.
You can usually get more cords through a bead than
is how to determine the hole size you need:
Multiply the width of the material X the
number of cords passing through the
Multiply by 0.5. The result is the
minimum hole size required for the number of
cords you are using.
Keep in mind that inflexible, thick
materials require larger holes. You may need
to multiply by 0.75 for some types of 6mm
Four 4mm cords = 16mm. Multiply by 0.5 =
So 4 cords of 4mm size will usually fit through
beads with 8mm holes.
beads are a great option when
making Macrame projects. They are
usually 10mm to 12mm long with 4mm or 5mm
holes. They are sometimes called
One 6mm cord can fit through a 5mm hole,
making them a great choice for beaded
Tip 2: The INSIDE of all Macrame
beads should be as smooth as possible.
Before using, clean the interior with a piece of
cloth material. Inspect the wood for chips
or pieces sticking out from the surface. Sandpaper
can be used if the inside is rough.
also come 15mm - 16mm sizes.
These are sometimes used for hair styles,
and can be found with glitter.
The hole size is usually 8mm.
beads come in sizes ranging from
10mm to 38mm.