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Macrame Knots: Terms to Know - Macrame Lovers Blog

Macrame Knots: Terms to Know

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As you are working on various macrame patterns, you will come across terms such as filler cords, holding cords, fusing, project board, etc. Here is a list of some basic macrame terms you need to know when following patterns.

A line of knots side by side, each tied with a different working cord.

Alternating Cords:
Forming a new group of cords by taking half the cords from adjacent knots previous tied, and tying a new knot the lays below and between where the cords are from.

Exchanging Cords:
Changing the position of knotting and filler cords so that the last knotting cords becomes the filler cords and the last filler cords becomes the knotting cords.

Filler Cords:
The cords that are in the center of the knotting cords.

Done with Polypropylene Cord – The processes of joining two cords. Hold a butane lighter flame near the cords to melt the fibers together. Roll the ends between your fingers. (Wet your fingers to stop burning).

Holding Cord:
The Cord, Dowel, or ring onto which you anchor your project while you work on it.

Knotting Board:
Usually a fiber board with printed grid 1in. squares on both sides. Can also use a clipboard to hold your project in place, or even a firm pillow.

Wrapping Cord:
The cord used to gather and wrap a group of cords. You’ll see this at the top of a plant hanger.

Knotting Cords:
The right and left cords that are used to tie knots over filler cords.

Loops formed by extending working cords a distance beyond the knot, and then pushing them up close to the knot above. Decorative.

A vertical row of knots tied continuously, made of the same knot with the same working cords.

Metal pins with a T shaped top. Used to hold Macrame work to the Knotting Board. Place pins at an angle to add sturdiness.

Working Cords:
All cords in a design, those that do the tying (knotting cords), and the ones that are tied around (filler cords).

What terms are missing? If you spot something that should be on this list, please add in the comments. For more tips on how to macrame you will find many helpful posts throughout the blog. 

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