Frequently Asked Questions:
Where does your rope come from?
We source our rope from an ethically run factory in southern Turkey. Emily visited there in May of 2017 and was pleased to meet the people who make our materials! The factory workers all make a fair and living wage, get time off, and are treated very well. You can read more about our rope over on our blog.
Most of the cotton is grown in the USA. Our rope is 100% Oeko-Tex certified cotton. This is a certification used mostly for children's clothing to make sure no chemicals are used in the processing. Since you will be using the materials with your hands this is deeply important to us.
What is the best cord for macramé?
It depends on your project. Our best selling rope is the 5mm 3-ply twisted cotton rope. We love it because it is easy to work with, is extremely strong and durable, and unravels at the ends to make a really lovely fringe.
Our string is another great material. It is a bit less sturdy than the rope, so you might not want to make furniture out of it, but this material is much softer on the hands. Our string is also great for other crafts such as knitting, weaving, jewelry making, and more.
Is there a difference between rope and cord?
The terms are definitely interchanged often and there isn't a huge difference. Cord is a more overarching term that can be applied to a variety of materials that come in long strands. They may or may not be twisted, braided, or woven. Rope falls under the category of cord and involves many fibers being twisted, braided, or woven together to create a workable cord. We use 3-ply twisted ropes for our 5mm and up, 2-ply twisted ropes for our thinner 3mm ropes, and our string is made of 1 strand of twisted fibers.
In our upcoming book, we differentiate ropes as being the material before it is cut, and cords as the material after it is cut, as in your "working cords" or "filler cords" for when you are making your project. Otherwise it is just up to you what you want to call it!
How much rope do I need for my project?
This depends on how dense your knotting will be. If you are making a looser net, I suggest 4x the finished length of the piece. So if you desire your wall hanging to be 3 feet long, then multiply that by 4. You will want to cut 12 feet of rope. If you are making something more detailed, tightly knotted, or with little negative space, I always suggest cutting 6x the length of your desired finished piece.
Do you teach online workshops?
YES, we do! Follow this link to take classes online!
How do you choose what cities to teach in?
We select our locations based on interest and demand. If you want us to come to your city please contact us!
What is your refund policy for workshops?
If you cancel more than 30 days in advance you will receive a full refund. All cancellations within 30 days of the event will be transferred to store credit. Please contact us if you need to cancel.