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FAQ2 Macramé - What Cord to Use?


Seeing awe-inspiring macramé and deciding to start this awesome craft has never been easier thanks to social media, and the web!

Lots of women around the world are turning their craft into a business and gaining an income from sharing their creativity with others. New macrame artists develop decorative products to sell online and often open their first stores every day in the UK!.

Before anyone starts their macramé journey, either for fun or for a profession, they must master the materials they want to use.

As someone who can honestly say that running my own macramé business has brought me huge amounts of joy and prosperity, today I’m going to answer common questions I'm asked about buying materials and supplies to help you with your pending macrame project.

Macramé - what cord to use?

To give you what you need to know I’ve broken down the different types, sizes, and attributes

If you find yourself asking

“Is macramé cord the same as paracord?”

“How strong does my cord need to be to start with?”

“What macramé cord thickness should I buy?”

Then consider the following advice below

Types of cotton macramé cord

1# Popular cord for first-time makers


Super Soft 3Ply Twisted – 3mm/4mm/5mm/6mm Natural Coloured Cotton

Traditional in appearance and composed of 3 strands twisted together to form a uniform rope appearance, the definition between these 3 twisted strands is low. This cord is perfect of beginners and for achieving a go-to classic macramé look. Offers a “mermaid” wavy fringe if unraveled, holds shape well, and has a low tangle tendency when worked through hands

2#Traditional look, premium feel



High Definition 3 Ply Twisted- 3mm/4mm/6mm Ivory Colored Cotton

Again this cotton cord is very similar to the Super Soft 3 ply twisted mentioned above but has a more structured twisted rope appearance, compared to the super soft, the definition between the 3 twisted strands is higher and more defined. A good choice for making macramé wall hangings with lots of textured. “HD” cord is a good all-rounder and suitable for makers of any ability to use in a variety of projects. Offers a “mermaid” wavy fringe if unraveled, holds shape well, and low tangle tendency, still soft to use for sensitive fingers! Choosing between 3 ply twisted cords, and deciding what level of definition you prefer normally comes down to personal preference!

3# Modern twist on a tradit