Let's start with materials, where do you get them? what do you need? How do you start?
Depending on the difficulty of your work you will need different items, but if you are just starting you will probably try something easy, so what you will need are:
Macrame board -
Could be anything you can pin on, some people use pillows, some buy a Foam Macrame board, you can also use a sturdy piece of cardboard on a clipboard.
Seamstress pin, T-pins, or any you have readily available, if you have none pay a visit to your local Dollar store. Pins are indispensable to keep your work steady and straight and allow you to pull knots tight.
If you like chunkier pieces you can use Chinese macrame cords, or hemp cord, for finer pieces (micro macrame) like I do you can use waxed cotton cords, C-Lon cords and even embroidery thread, although I do not recommend it some people use it. My preference is C-Lon, it comes in various sizes, I like the regular size which is about 0.5 mm in diameter, they also have a thinner and thicker size.
You will have to seal and glue your ends, which is one of the hardest parts, keeping your ends neat is important. The glue you use is up to you, some use regular craft glue mixed with water to coat their ends, some use fabric glue, and even super glue, or crazy glue which I don't recommend as it makes your ends stiff and scratchy, I tried it... ouch...!!!
My favorite is GS Hypo Cement for fabrics, you can look it up online, or find it in craft stores, it has a thin needle making applying the glue in an exact spot very easy.
I also like to singe my ends with a lighter, just a little, too much will blacken the cords and possibly burn them.
Sharp Scissors -
Important as you want your cords ends to be clean and not fringe like, cut them at an angle to mimic the shape of a syringe needle, it will make it easier to insert the cords into the beads. Cut small pieces off the top as you need to keep them in shape.
Some coat their cords ends with nail polish to keep them stiff but I do not like it as it makes them thick and hard to work with, but that is me. :-)
I think that will be it for tonight... will come back with more tips... soon...!!!
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