Found these great tips for Measuring Cord when preparing your macrame projects from “Qwik Knots” by Classic’s Macrame.
1. The measuring and cutting of cord,can be a time
consuming and often boring but very important
part of any project. It is imperative that you read
the instructions for your project slowly and carefully,
and a quiet and non-interuptive environment
is a big help. This may save you from having to add
cords in later when you come up short.
Since the brushable poly-cords are so stretchy,
when using these cords place your yardstick along
the edge of a table and measure each cord separately
Place an empty box on the floor and set the ball
of cord into it (this will keep it from rolling around).
Put a short piece of tape around the first end of
the cord above any fraying, and cut off the frayed
Pulling the cord from the box as you go, lay
the cord out loosely on the yardstick and measure
carefully to the halfway point of your desired length
(half of a 6 yd. cord is 3 yds., etc.). Then fold the
cord at this mark and measure the rest of that cord
back to the starting point without losing the loop
at the fold. Before cutting, tape the cord where
you will cut it, and cut across the center of the
taped portion. This puts tape on two ends at the
When using stretchy cords, don’t use the first
cord as a measuring guide for the next one, but
hang it up by the center loop over a chair, on a nail,
ordrape it across your shoulders collecting all loops
on one side. You will have all ends taped this way,
and have the cord folded in half for mounting in
one step. Concentrate and set up a counting rhythm
such as ” 1 , 2, 3 yds., fold” so you don’t cut the
cord at the halfway point. Cotton, jute, and the
non-brushable sythetics don’t usually need taping.
When working with a firm cord, you can measure
several cords from the first one, and can wrap the
cord around and around a wide yardstick.
Enjoy the tips and good luck with your next macrame project!