What Exactly Is Macramé?

What exactly is macramé? Macramé cord is a synthetic cord almost like a rope that has 100 different uses. It's made out of polypropylene and it comes in all different sizes and colors. Macramé...

Macramé cord is a synthetic cord almost like a rope that has 100 different uses. It's made out of polypropylene and it comes in all different sizes and colors.


Macramé is both the cord and the craft of tying the knots. So, in other words you could use it as a noun or as a verb. Macrame-ing is basically tying knots.




Ironically macramé is one of the oldest crafts known. Some macramé items are actually found in Egyptian tombs. They would use it to make baskets. Initially the macramé cord itself was used in terms of weaving and crochet to make a rugs, baskets, or wall hangings - that type of thing. Nowadays it's used for jewelry and chairs and even lampshades.

Fisherman even use it to make bait. You just start with the cord and you start tying different knots and you can make it into 100 different things.

Like I said, macramé cord comes in lots of different sizes. The 2mm is used for things like jewelry. The most popular is probably the 6mm, which is used for making hammocks and chairs. What I mean by weaving chairs, they start with a physical chair frame. You just have a chair frame and you are literally taking different cords and weaving them to make the seat and back of the chair.

Q: Is macramé durable?

Yes its polypropylene synthetic, so it doesn't rot. We treat it with a special UV protector so it doesn't fade. After 50 years there obviously there will be some wear and tear on something like a plant hanger, but it is completely resistant. Water resistant, color resistant, fade resistant.

Q: Is macramé expensive?

We sell the 6 mm for $7.59 for 100 yards. The 4 mm is $4.89 for 100 yards. The 4 mm people use for rugs and purses. Let's say a chair takes 250 yards, so you are looking at maybe $15 for a beautiful chair that lasts a lifetime.

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