If you are here we know why and you’re not alone! In the fiber art world these terms can be used interchangeably. We took these terms and really evaluated how they are made and differ from one another when we chose our products names. I promise once you are through this blog post you will have these differences down. So, let’s start with the basics!
A string is a thin single strand of fiber, more like a thread and isn’t plied. For example, a kite is tied with a string.
Cotton String can be used for a variety of projects in knitting and crochet: making a blanket for your baby, a summery tank top or a cozy sweater for those cooler fall days. Also, it is used in weaving projects, especially for the warp. String can be used also in macrame, but it is not the most common. We can use string for micromacrame or small projects.
Macrame cotton cord is a number of threads put together at the same length and twisted continuously in the same direction for a specific number of times. You can find 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm size macrame cords within Ganxxet’s selection.
Did you know that the secret to Ganxxet’s macrame cotton cords’ recipe is the number of times our cord is twisted in a continuous forward motion with all strings synchronized? This is what gives the Ganxxet cotton cord’s extra smooth and evenness, which results your intricate knots to shine on a beautiful macrame wall hanger without any fishbone (** fishbone is the term used to describe threads out of place in a cord).
Macrame cotton cord is softer than rope and is very gentle on the hands and super smooth looking on your projects, with no pulled strings in between, no uneven twists affecting the way your project look despite your perfect knots.
Our 4 mm single strand cord is great when you want a super detailed tapestry style pieces. If you're making a larger and chunkier wall hanging we recommend our 6 mm or 8 mm cord. It fringes out beautiful, straight and fine!
A Macrame cotton Rope is a group of cotton cords separated into sections twisted around each other to form a thicker and stronger rope. It can be twisted in 3 strands, and it is called 3 ply or 2 or 4 strands usually, and then it is called 2 ply or 4 ply. The more ply it has, more rounder the cord.
Ganxxet has sizes 2mm, 3mm, 4 mm, 5 mm , 7 mm and a 20 mm to serve a variety of projects you need. A macrame rope has a fun wavy-like fringe when unwound. You can leave it that way or straighten up. It is great for pieces that will need to bear significant weight, think plant hangers, lamp shades, hammocks and for adding texture to any of your work!
Braided Cord is generally woven. Braided cotton cord is created by braiding together 8-10 fibers into a tube-like braid.This cord is also much more difficult to unwind for creating a “fringe”. Braided is really robust and won’t unravel or fray so is great for sturdy structure. It can be softer, as our Ganxxet Cotton Air or more robust as our Braided Cord, so depending on your project you will find the perfect product for you!
I hope this helps to know exactly what kind of cord is best for your project but if you still have doubts, we have a sample bundle with all the different cord sizes and formats, check it out here.