Which thread for Macrame?

which thread for macrame

Want to make a Macrame alone at home but don’t know how to choose your yarn? You’ve come to the right place!

First of all the choice of thread will depend on your project. Depending on the project of your Macrame, you will be able to choose the type of wire, the material of the wire and the diameter of your rope. Indeed, if it is a small piece like a bracelet or a more imposing one like an outdoor decoration object, the choice will be different.

You will find below the detail to best choose the wire for your Macrame creation. In addition, you will find the list of what you need as material to make your Macrame.


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We can give you some indicative choices to best guide you in your decision:

– For a bracelet I would recommend 3mm diameter twisted cotton threads.

– For a Macrame pot holder, twisted hemp or sisal threads with a diameter of 6mm.

– And finally, for pieces with fringes: combed cotton threads of varying diameter.


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As said before, you will choose your rope based on type, material and diameter.

  What type of rope to choose for a Macrame?

The type of rope you are going to choose is going to depend on the Macrame you are going to make, your level, if you have already made Macrames alone at home or not.

There are 3 different types of ropes, each type is detailed according to its usefulness but also to guide the most beginners. There are three types of rope: twisted, braided and worsted.


Twisted: a twisted pair is a set of several wires wound on top of each other, most often 2 or 3 wires. This is the basic rope for Macrame because it is a rope that holds in place, is quite thin and is easy to work with. Perfect for beginners!


Braided: a braided pair is a set of threads woven together. The braiding is airy so as not to add weight to the Macrame. Indeed, this rope is used for precise designs because it is a rope that holds in place. Precise designs mean using a lot of rope, so the lightness of the yarn means that the weight of your Macrame piece is not weighed down.


Combed: combed rope is the most pleasant to work with but also one of the hardest. Indeed, worsted ropes are made of two strands wound together. As you create the rope, the thread can unravel and you just have to rewind it to keep the round strand. This small problem is only on this type of rope, the others are more stable. Combed ropes are therefore ideal for fringes because the thread unravels easily. To give a wispy look to your creation with fringes, there is nothing better than worsted rope.


Of course, a Macrame piece can contain several types of ropes. A Macrame wall piece may contain a braided rope in the centre as it contains a specific design, but the outside of the Macrame may be made of worsted rope to create fringes.

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   What wire material to choose for a Macrame?

There are a multitude of rope materials, but for Macrame, we recommend natural fibres.

The choice will depend on the look you want to give to your Macrame.

Cotton thread is the most commonly used thread especially in interior decorations as it is a type of thread with a soft texture to the visual as well as to the touch.

Other materials, such as hemp, sisal, coir yarn, are more raw looking and therefore ideal for certain pieces that may be outside in a garden or veranda as they are more resistant depending on your decoration.

For beginners we recommend cotton yarn, the easiest to find, use and is the one made that appeals to the most people.

Small tip: Don’t neglect your sensory pleasure at the touch of the string given the amount of time you will spend working on your canvas.

   What diameter of wire should you choose for Macrame?

The size of the wire i.e. its diameter varies between 0.5 and 10mm. It must be chosen according to the piece you want to make (jewellery, bags, curtain etc.) but also the rendering you want to have. Indeed, if the objective is to make a bracelet thin enough for a small wrist, the ideal diameter will be between 1 and 3 mm. If on the contrary the objective is a suspension for a flower pot where the cord will have to hold the weight of the flower, the cord will have to be thicker. I recommend a minimum of 5mm.

These are indicative sizes, you can make your piece with the diameter of your choice.

Small tip: the larger the diameter of the wire the fewer knots you will have to make. If the wire has a thick diameter, the knot you will make will be more imposing on your piece so overall, there will be fewer knots to make.

Which wire to make a Macrame? Braiding the rope. Macrame workshop

 ✂️ What materials do I need to make a Macrame?

After choosing your rope, which is the essential part of your Macrame, here is the list of materials you will need for the DIY:

the rope that you will have chosen thanks to the tips above;

a support to hold your work such as a wooden branch for a hanging for example;

-accessories to embellish your Macrame such as beads;

-a pair of scissors;

-a work surface or space large enough to do your Macrame properly;



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 Which wire to make a Macrame? Macrame hanging Atelier Macrame

To recap: there are three types of cord: braided, twisted and worsted. Depending on whether you want to make fringes or precise designs or simply your level, some types will be better suited. For the material, cotton yarn is most commonly used but depending on the aesthetics and your sensory pleasure, this choice is up to you. And finally, for the diameter, depending on your piece, the size will vary from 1 to 10mm.

After all these tips, I hope you will be able to easily choose a rope for your Macrame. Arm yourself with a lot of patience and above all have fun!


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