Polypropylene:This is the type of material most often
sold specifically for Macrame. It comes in both
braided and twisted forms, and can be found in
many different colors and patterns.
This material is soft and flexible, and
maintains the shape of the knots very well. You
can find it in 2mm to 8mm thickness.
Nylon: This Macrame cord is
used for Jewelry. It usually comes in
2mm size or less, and has a huge range
Sometimes the manufacturers will apply
a light wax coating to make it a little
easier to handle, and to make beading
cord: Also called Paracord,
is a type of nylon material. It's the strongest
cord available nowadays. It's usually
2mm to 4mm size, and can be used for
just about any project, from plant
hangers to jewelry.
the ends with a flame in the
preparation and finishing steps.
This is the most popular material for Macrame,
and was frequently used in the 1960’s. This type
of cord material is strong, so is great for a
wide variety of projects, from jewelry to plant
Unfortunately, Hemp is only available up to
4mm size. Anything thicker than that is
considered rope, which is very expensive.
natural materials, such as hemp,
jute, and flax, need to be
protected so they don't dry out. Place the
material in a plastic bag when not in use.
Treat the cords with beeswax
Cord: This material is a natural
fiber, off-white in color, and textured (not
It is a good choice if your project calls for
strong Macrame cord, such as furniture and plant
It's usually found in widths up to 4mm.
Another type of Cotton
Cord is the twisted style,
which is often found in Garden and
Hardware stores. You can purchase it in
large rolls, so it's very economical.
Large projects using 500 yards or more
can get costly, so cord like this is
will save you money.
Cotton Cord is sold as Crochet Cord or
Embroidery Floss, and is used for
Jute: This type of
cord material is strong, and used to be the fiber
of choice for Macrame. It's biodegradable, since
it's made from plants. So it needs to be protected
from the sun and weather. You can get Jute in
several sizes, including 4mm and 6mm, the standard
sizes for Macrame cord.
Jute is not comfortable on the skin,
so is not suitable for jewelry.
"Primitive" craft designs look great if made from
this natural material.
You can find dyed Jute in several colors, but most
places that carry it have only the brown color
shown in the images.
is a good choice to use as Macrame cord. It comes
in a huge variety of colors and sizes, and results
in tight knots because it's very flexible.
It's a great choice for children's projects since
it is inexpensive.
Round Leather: This
material is strong, doesn’t fray or unravel, and
can be found in many colors.
You will need to use 0.5mm to 2mm size,
because anything thicker will be difficult to
Cord:This material is a good
choice for Micro-Macrame jewelry, since it
produces tight knots. It's soft and smooth, and
looks similar to Hemp.
People in Ireland still spin this material by
Flax Linen has been around for over
5000 years. The ancient Egyptians used the
plant's fibers to make cloth.
They wrapped their mummies with the material,
which often remained intact after hundreds of
Flax cord is stronger than Cotton,
and is often used to make delicate Lace and other
This Macrame cord material usually has a light
Beeswax coating, which softens as it's handled.
This cord material is soft and flexible, and comes
on cards or individual strands. You can find silk
cord in 0.2mm diameter to 4mm size. But few places
carry the thick material, since it's very
Metallic Cord: This type of
Macrame cord is great for Holiday projects, since
it's shiny. It can be made from a variety of
materials, but some forms are not as soft as
This material often has a cotton core, which is
surrounded by the metallic fiber. Be sure to
prepare the ends before working with
metallic cord. It unravels easily once it's cut.
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