Adding Beads to Your Macrame Projects

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Beads and other items are often added to Macrame projects to make them interesting, unique, and rich with design.  You can purchase beads of all kinds from beading and craft stores, as well as from many distributors on the Internet.  A past post on macrame supplies will point you in the right direction for where you can purchase everything you need.  All you need to do is make sure that the holes in the beads are large enough for the cording to strand through easily.  To add the beads you simply slide them onto the cording between or in the middle of knots.

When you’re adding beads to a project you’ll want to look for beads that are unique and unusual so that they stand out in the Macrame pattern.  You’ll find beads in a variety of styles, sizes, and shapes that includes flowers, symbols, and charms. This place has wonderful beads with intricate flower designs:

Acajou Beads

Search for beads that will complement the Macrame pattern that you’re working.  You’ll want to choose beads with a color and texture that are going to enhance your project.

macrame beads

Macrame beads as used by macrame artist Sophine Giam

For smaller projects you’ll want to use beads that are soft and delicate while your larger Macrame projects will need large, textured beads.  Take your time looking for the right beads for your project and dare to experiment with new ideas.

The one thing that you need to ensure when you’re purchasing beads for your Macrame projects is that the cording will fit through the bead center.  Keep in mind that many times you’ll be using several strands of cording that will need to fit through the bead so be sure to choose beads that are large enough.

When you’re working the bead into the strands of cording you’ll need to position the bead carefully into the pattern as per the project instructions.  In most cases the bead will be worked into the project following a series of knots, followed by another series of knots to keep the bead secure.

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