At some point, you will run into this problem. You are happily macraming along and your cord ends BEFORE your project ends.
You are faced with….
WHAT TO DO!!!
Scrap the project, cut new cords and start over. Not your first choice, I am sure. Many hours invested down the drain.
Well, you don’t have to scrap projects any longer due to a mistake in measuring and cutting the cord. I will show you how to add on, extend the cords so you can continue tying knots right where you left off.
There are several ways to do this.
- extend by sewing cord ends together using thread
- extend by sewing cord ends together using your project cord
- fusing cord ends together
I usually prefer method #1 best BUT when there is a chance the patched spot can’t be buried successfully, I use method #2. I have never tried fusing cords since I don’t own a fusing tool. I would probably try it, if I had one.
OK, now let me show you the two ways I use.
- regular sewing needle for method #1
- sewing or embroidery needle with slightly wider opening for method #2
- sewing thread to match your project for method #1
- 10″ length of cord to match your project for method #2
Directions to Extend (Add On) Macrame Cords Ends
Stop tying knots about 3-4 inches from the cord ends. If not already done so, melt tips to keep cord ends from fraying and also to anchor thread.
Cut the additional cord lengths required to complete your project. Melt tips.
Step 3a – Method #1 – Using Regular Sewing Thread.
Pin cord ends tip to tip on macrame board. Using regular thread, begin sewing from one side to the other. Keep going back and forth several times. Should be strong enough to withstand a good yank. Make sure to keep the cords STRAIGHT.
Step 3b – Method #2 – Using Macrame Cord Strands.
Do same as for Step 3a, except you will use a strand of macrame cord from your project instead of regular thread. (See photo)
Here’s how the two look. Method #1 on the right and Method #2 on the left.
And here is how they look once I continue tying knots. Can’t spot the patched areas, can you?
With practice, you will be able to hide (bury) the sewn sections just as well as I can. Experiment to see which method works best for you.
Added 7-14-10. Another way to add on cords. Go here.