In today world Macramé artist can choose from
a wide variety of natural and synthetic fibers you can use to create their pieces as well as size and cord types.
Macramé cord thickness ranges between 0.5mm and 10mm. Usually jewellery pieces will use cords between 0.5mm and 2mm. Standard projects use cords between 3mm to 5mm. Larger macrame pieces will use cords size of 6mm and above.
When starting a project as well as the size of the cord it is important to select the type of cord will better complement your work. The type of cords used for Macramé are:
- single strand
- twisted rope
- braided rope
- Bonnie cord
Single strand and twisted ropes are normally made from pure cotton are very soft and are generally for decorative pieces. In contrast braided ropes are made of a combination of cotton, nylon, polyester, polypropylene, or other strong fibers, and Bonnie cords are made by pure polupropylene; due to their composition those cords work better for project that require stronger materials such as planter, dog leads, bags etc.
Said that each artist will have a prefer of type and size of cords to use for their project, in my case most of my creations are made using 3 strands twisted ropes in 3mm sizes.