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Macrame Supplies

Macrame Supplies


Macrame supplies and crafting tools are necessary to create the craft projects on this site.  On this page is a list of the basic items you need before you start any project.

Many supermarkets and hardware stores carry craft supplies, if you don¬ít already have these items at home. 

Online stores often carry supplies for both Macrame and Micro-Macrame, too:

  • EBAY
  • ETSY


You will need a table or other work surface.  

When working on your project away from home, a clipboard not only holds the cords, but gives you a firm surface to work on.

Safety Tip: Make sure your work surface is clean and uncluttered. Keep food, drinks, and cigarettes away from the cords.

The cords used in Macrame are sometimes very long, and can injure pets and young children if they get tangled in them. 

Try to put all your supplies in some kind of organizer that's easy to carry.

Project Board

You will need a Project Board to hold pins or tape.

You can use cardboard, Styrofoam, clipboards and bulletin boards.

Ceiling tiles and pieces of foam also work, as do firm pillows.



T-Pins or heavy sewing pins are used to secure the knots to the project board, so make sure you have plenty.

The Cross-Pin Technique shown here is a great way to secure delicate cords using pins, without passing them through the cords.



Rolls of Cellophane and/or Masking Tape are helpful, and should be kept with your other Macrame supplies.

You can apply tape to the tips of cords to prevent them from unraveling, as shown here. 

BBQ Lighter

Are you using Synthetic materials, such as nylon Parachute cord?

You will need a BBQ Lighter if you plan to prepare the cords with heat.

See Cord Preparation for details.

Scissors and Pliers
  You will need a pair of small, sharp scissors.

I also recommend you get fine tip pliers, tweezers (or surgical clamps), especially if you are using beads or fine cords.


flexible measuring tape is also necessary for many Macrame projects.

Fabric and/or household glue can both be used for finishing and preparation, so be sure you have some handy.

Make sure the glue dries clear (not white).



Natural materials may need a coating of beeswax, which conditions and softens the fibers. 

See Cord Preparation.


You will need 1mm - 2mm size cord materials for jewelry.

Micro-Macrame beads, pendants, and clasps may also be needed.


Macrame supplies for standard sized projects require 3mm - 6mm cord material.

Macrame beads, rings, animal eyes, and other items may be required, too.



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