What is the best Macramé rope?
I get asked about my Macramé rope or cord all the time.
Rightly so! It’s the most important thing to consider when starting your Macramé journey.
How much Macramé rope do I need for a wall hanging?
How long do I cut my cord it for a plant hanger?
What is the best rope for ‘insert Macramé project here’?
What is the best beginner rope for Macramé?
They’re all good questions about Macramé and I’ve found that over time I have a preference for certain kinds of rope. Finding the right kind of rope is entirely up to trial and error and your experi.
I love using a thin cord and achieving delicate little knots. Thin rope takes longer to knot. Thicker rope will knot much quicker and you’ll be able to make impressive large pieces in a relatively shorter amount of time.
My advice? Buy two different thicknesses and give them both a go.
You’ll learn really quickly what you prefer and be able to take it from there.
Perfectionists beware! Thin rope is a little more challenging for a beginner and getting your knots exactly the same will take a little bit of practice. Start with the thicker rope first 😉
How do you pick the perfect Macramé rope?
Again, it’s entirely up to what YOU like best.
I like to use 100% cotton rope for my Macramé wall hangings and plant hangers. It’s soft on your hands, it knots easily and if you have a bit of extra time you can dye it!
The three main kinds of rope I use and sell are
- Thick Twist
- Three Strand Twist
- Sash Cord
They all have things (I think), they’re best suited to but you can interchange them, use them together and experiment with what you like best.
It’s about your style and what you think looks best. There is no right or wrong way to make Macramé.
I only use 100% Australian Made and Grown cotton rope. It is super high quality and will give you a superior result to anything else.
Don’t be afraid to ask where your rope is manufactured! Be wary of rope that just says it is ‘ethically sourced’ but doesn’t provide a country of origin.
Where is all the coloured rope?
I don’t stock coloured rope. It requires A LOT of water to grow cotton and dying it is another independently huge undertaking. If you’re super keen on a coloured rope check out a natural dying course and see what colours you can create yourself! Or pick up a packet of dye if that’s your bag.
No judgement on using coloured rope! I’m working on a sustainable dying method at the moment!! I want to be able to provide a premium product and as we all know, good things take time. I promise we’ll have coloured Middle Aisle rope one day.
Thick Twist Macramé rope is my staple rope. It’s usually my first port of call for Macramé Wall Hangings or decorative Macramé Plant hangers that will be used indoors and not be moved around too much.
Thick Twist is made by tightening lots of pieces together. It’s a ‘Mop Style’ rope. It will loosen as you use it and you’ll be able to achieve a dense luxurious tight tapestry look. My favourite is 2mm and 5.5mm. I use 5.5 in all my Melbourne beginner Macramé wall hanging classes as it demonstrates the limitations and merits of the rope.
Using a 7.5 or 9mm Thick Twist is suuuuuuuper lovely and you can create dense magic knots. It’s very quick to knot as the thickness of the rope does a lot of the work for you.
Thinner rope, more detail.
Thicker rope, less detail.
Perfect for Wall Hangings.
This is similar to Thick Twist but has a more ‘ropey’ look to it. Why would you pick this instead of the Thick Twist? I think it gives you a more polished looking Macramé piece.
Three Strand twist is made by twisting Three independent groups of rope in the same direction and then back spinning them all together. You end up with a rope that looks like Maggi Noodles when you start to untwist the ends!
It’s a really lovely rope to work with and will give you a dreamy boho result.
Same rules apply for the thickness to detail ratio. I would use Three Strand if I was working on a more structured pattern as it holds it’s shape slightly more than Thick Twist.
Perfect for premium Wall Hangings or Plant hangers that you won’t move too much. (The fringe you can make on Plant hangers with Three Strand Twist are pretty amazing).
Making a Plant Hanger? Use this. (or don’t you might want a shaggy boho creation and Three Strand would be better for that style)
Sash cord is made by braiding a case around a centre cord of rope. It is structured, durable and won’t unfray like Thick Twist or Three Strand Twist.
It will give you a very structured knot and holds it’s shape under pressure. It can feel stiff to use compared to the softness of Thick Twist.
Play with them all. Experiment! Give it a go!
Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below or check out my Instagram to see what I’m working on right now.
I run regular Macramé workshops in Melbourne and they’re a fun way to see and try all the ropes.
All my rope is available on my Etsy Store, The Middle Aisle.
Come and visit me at Think Thornbury to see what I have in stock if you prefer to pick them up and save on postage!
Maggie May xx