In Macrame Terms you begin the process of
learning the definitions and abbreviations
used in this craft.
Words that start with the letters
- E are described on this page. Click on the links or images for more
Cords or knots resting next to each
, you use 2 cords
from each of the two knots resting next to each
other (3 - 6), to tie the knots in next row.
Patterns where you tie a knot with one or more
cords, and then switch to different cord(s) to
tie the next knot.
shown is a good
example of this technique. Alternating
Another way to create an Alternating pattern is
to use two colors, as in this
Notice that the Square knots are tied in
as well; right
= Alternating Square Knots: This
abbreviation is one of the most important Macrame
terms you need to know, since these knots are
frequently used in Macrame patterns.
A knotted design that is wide and
This image shows the
, a modern decorative
A design with a continuous pattern. Bangle:
was made with the Bangle
Bracelet . Turks
series of knots that form a distinct, raised
area in the pattern. A bar can be
horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
This image shows how the
is used to create a
horizontal bar. Double
Macrame terms often have two meanings.
The term "bar" is also used to describe a wide
design, such as in this
A narrow folded segment of a cord, which can be
pushed through loops or other portions of the
You need to fully understand unique Macrame
terms like this one, in order to master this
The body is the main section of the project,
created after you complete the mounting process.
The body of this
, for example, is the
portion between the handle and the bottom. Ribbon
Crossing 3 or more cords so they weave over or
under each other.
This image shows an
made with several cords. Interlaced
A type of material in
which the individual fibers are braided to form
the cord. Braided
It's usually sturdier than materials that are
formed by twisting.
The image shows a close-up of what braided
cord looks like. For more information, see
Refers to a group of cords that are gathered together. A knot is usually tied
around them, to keep the cords in a group.
In this example, a
is tied around a bundle
of cords. Wrapped
This is one of
several Macrame terms that are unique to this
craft. It is a specific type of decorative Knot
that is Button
Knot: round and firm.
This image shows a
Buttonhole: In the early days of
Macrame, the Vertical Larks Head Knot was called
the Buttonhole Knot. It was
used to create circular designs that a button
could pass through, or for decoration.
and Buttonhole Clasp for more information. Buttonhole
Artistic patterns and designs that originated in
Europe, particularly Wales, Ireland and
Scotland. The Macrame knots from these designs
have the same qualities found in weaving.
This is a
, which is derived
from the Celtic
Triangle Knot symbol. Triquetra
This word is used to indicate the knot or space
that is in the middle of a
design, like the Square Knot outlined in this . Vintage Diamond
It is also used to describe the ACTION of
folding a cord and matching the ends, so the
cord in balanced.
A small bead
made of metal or other material, that is
designed to dangle. They are usually less
than 1-inch in size.
Charms are used in bracelets, necklaces and
even earrings. They usually have a hole or tab
at the top.
designs that originate in China and other Asian
is one of several Chinese
knots described in the Crown
Knot section of this site. Learn
A type of bead that has metal filaments, which
are added to outline a color or design. These
beads are usually made of metal and are very
for more information. Macrame
Knot: Two or more decorative knots
that are used together to form a new type of
knot or design.
is made with both Larks
Head knots and Square Knots. Double Buttonhole
Macrame Terms sometimes have two meanings.
Cord (or cord material) is what you use to
create Macrame projects. Cord:
This term is also used to describe a
cord when you are using two or more in
You need to learn Macrame terms like this one,
in order to understand some patterns. Core:
This refers to a
of cords that run through the center of
a knot . You use the working
cords to tie the knot onto them. It means
the same as the terms "fillers" or
"holding cords" .
The curved portion of a loop, which is usually
directly across from the crossing point.
D - E
A cord, or row of knots, that runs from upper
left to lower right (or the opposite). Diagonal:
The image shows a design of
Double Half Hitches
The Diameter: width of a piece of
material, usually described in millimeters.
Most cord materials used in standard Macrame
projects are either 4mm or 6mm in size. For
Micro-Macrame, the cord's width is usually less
one of many Macrame terms you won't see in other
crafts, since it refers to a specific type of
knot. You will see this abbreviation frequently
in Macrame patterns. (DHH)
= Double Half Hitch:
The knot is simply two Half Hitches resting
beside each other.
Patterns in which the end
of the first cord (or a separate cord) is
used to thicken the knot.
Following the path of the first cord is the
preferred method for doubling a design.
Contrasting colors are often used in this
process, as in this
Material: The portion of cords that
are left over after a knot or pattern is
Usually you cut off the extra material, but
sometimes extra steps are taken to hide the ends
or to make a fringe.
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