Macrame is a textile art form that involves knotting cords together to create decorative patterns. It can be used to create various items, including jewelry, wall hangings, and home decor.
If you’re new to macrame, you are probably wondering how to measure the correct string length to make your macrame bracelet. But don’t worry! We’re here to help.
In this article, we will discuss the best way to measure and cut your string so that you can create a beautiful and stylish macrame bracelet.
How to measure macrame string length
To estimate the string length, you should first know the thickness of your string. Most strings have a thickness ranging from 3-5mm. To calculate the length of each knot, tie the knot, then mark the top and the bottom with a pen.
The macrame will need up to 4 times the project length, and if you are working with doubled and thick strings, you should aim for up to 8 times the length.
For a bracelet, you can measure all around your wrist. An inch of a bracelet’s length equals 1 foot or 12 inches of cord.
If your wrist has 8 inches in circumference, you will need to measure 96 inches of cord. After determining the estimated string length, you can begin cutting your string. It is always better to cut your cord a little longer than necessary. This way, you can always trim it down if needed.
Tips to estimate how long to cut string for a macrame bracelet
- Use a soft tape measure or a string to get accurate measurements.
- Thick cords use more length than soft cords.
- Leave enough slack in the bracelet so that it is comfortable to wear.
- Keep a record of cord size measurements for future reference.
- Cut your cord a little longer than necessary, so you can always trim it down if needed.
What size of a string is best for macrame?
The type and thickness of string you use are determined by the project you are working on. The thickness of the cord is indicated in millimeters (mm), and it should be a standard medium size between 3 to 5 mm. A small bracelet project is small, so a 2 mm thick string is good.
How many cords should be cut for the macrame bracelet?
Most macrame cords need an even number, especially if working with square knots. To determine the number of cords needed, just cut and add them into four groups. A standard macrame bracelet requires four cords, which can be adjusted depending on your wrist size.
How to make a macrame bracelet
Making a macrame bracelet is quite easy. Here is what you will do:
- Cut two long strands from your cord. Make the cord thicker if you want a big bracelet.
- Take one strand, fold it, and loop it over a stick or pencil. Repeat the looping on the other strand. You will have four strands hanging. You can melt the cord ends with a lighter without fraying them.
- Pull the right strand over two inner strands and below the left strand. Pull the left strand through the loop you made on the right and behind the inner strands.
- You will now have a square knot. Pull it right up the top and repeat the steps. Halfway through the project, you can add beads and pull through the bead’s hole.
- Keep tieing the knots until you get the desired length, then remove the stick from the loop.
- Pull two strands to make the loop end smaller, and you are done.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What cord to use for the macrame bracelet?
Cotton, linen, hemp, twisted nylon, yarn, and leather are common materials. Recently, paracord has been used widely.
2. Is a macrame bracelet adjustable?
Yes, you can do that by simply pulling the strings ends of the slip knot. Pull toward the slip knot by tugging to loosen the string)
3. Can I change the string thickness?
Changing the thickness might be tricky, but it is recommended always to cut the string longer. It would be really hard adding length to undercut strings.
An inch of a bracelet’s length equals 1 foot or 12 inches of cord. Do not forget to add more length to allow space for your bracelet.