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How to Macrame: Ending Your Project - Macrame Lovers Blog

How to Macrame: Ending Your Project

by Macrame

From our monthly series: How to Macrame

Ending your Macrame project will require some foresight since you can’t just end the project and risk it unraveling.  Once you know how long the ends should be you can measure them off.  There are several different methods for ending the cording and each Macrame project will have its own instructions.

One way that you can end a series of loose cords is by “wrapping.”  Wrapping is done by using one of the existing cords and wrapping around the others.

Other techniques for ending cords include:

  • Using a series of Overhand Knots, with one knot at the bottom.
  • A row of beads held in place with an Overhand Knot.
  • Using an alternating Half Hitch knot.
  • Fringing and fraying the end cords by unraveling their plies.

Another technique for ending the project is by braiding three or more cords and then holding them in place with an Overhand Knot.  Twist two or more sets of cords in a clockwise direction and then twist the groups together in counterclockwise direction. Tie an Overhand Knot to hold the twists together.  For a more gnarled effect you can twist the cording in the same direction as the original twist until it bends up in odd shapes.

Example of a monkey's fist knot

You can also use a series of Monkey’s Fist Knots.  For a solid end without any dangling cords you can use a Clove Hitch over a horizontal bar, then bring the ends up to the back of the work and weave them into the knots.  You can then glue or stitch the ends so that they hold better.

In most cases each Macrame project will have instructions included on recommended ways to tie off and end your work.

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donna evans June 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

i have not started but am collecting patterns from you. thankyou for all the great patterns if that is correct term? I want to start soon but I know I will need help can I buy your book at a store? I could maybe order it at a book store? I want to exercise my hands and fingers and this is a great way to. Plus to make a finished items would be great. thankyou,donna

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