Frequently Asked Questions
As soon as I started sharing images of my macrame knotted jewellery I was asked many questions from those who also was interested in this craft.
Now I am collecting the answers here. I hope it will help you, and of course it will help me too. 😀 I only have to ask you to read this. 😉 🙂
– What kind of cord do you use?
I use several kind of thread, I mostly love working with Linhasita. 🙂 That is the best for me. Of course there are many cords besides I haven’t tried yet.
I suggest you search the net for purchasing opportunities.
– What do you use for holding your macrame pieces in place while working?
I use a swimming board. My children have already learnt swimming, and they don’t use it anymore.
It is thick enough so I can’t pierce through, it is solid enough to hold the pins in place.
I covered it with strong, thick textile leather. I usually work on that.
But, when I make the photos for the tutorials, sometimes I put on a clear and white one with the textiled side up. I fix it with pins then.
When I am knotting I also use pins to hold the cords in place.
– What do you do when there is too much wax on the cords?
Sometimes there is extremely much wax on the rolls.
If you can work with the cords and the wax only appears on the finished pieces, you can cautiously and gently iron it between some sheets of paper towels. The wax will melt and the paper towel will mop it up. Don’t iron directly your macrame without using at least 3 sheets of paper towels or else the polyester will melt too and it will stick to your iron.
There is something more irritating, when you can’t even use your cords, because it is so sticky from wax, you can hardly make your knots and every tiny fluff, dust and hair sticks on it. In that case:
- I cut the amount of cord I need for the project, and iron it between sheets of paper towels as written above, only for a few seconds not to make the cord unusable, or
- I loosly fold the needed amount of cord and put it into about 95°C water for a minute. Then I take it out and mop up the water with paper towels and gently pull the whole cord between some strong and not fluffy textile in order to get rid of the rest of the wax. After the cords are not wet I can use them.
With time the wax will slowly dissapear and wear out from the macrame jewellery.
– May I download the tutorials to my computer?
You can use my tutorials for making your own jewellery, you can sell your macrame works with these patterns. I only ask you not to publish my photos and videos in other places. You can download to your computer if it helps you to learn, but please don’t share with others. Give your friends the link: macramotiv.com, that will help them too. Thank you! 🙂