How to choose the type of yarn for my project? This is the question we are asked most often in the store and the one where there may not be a definitive answer, because an important part of the yarn choice is personal and related to the result that is expected to be obtained. When starting a new project, the first step is to choose the yarn. It sounds simple, but with so many options available on the market and scattered information it can become a confusing and frustrating process. To better clarify the differences between the threads, we will divide them into three main characteristics: fiber type, yarn construction and thickness. Fiber: we have natural or synthetic fibers. Natural fibers include cotton, raffia, jute, wool, hemp, etc., and are ideal for interior projects, such as wall decoration, carpets or accessories. They are also biodegradable, which makes them an ecological option and with a reduced environmental impact. Synthetic fibers include acrylic, nylon and various types of plastic. They are ideal for outdoor projects, as they resist rain and sun better. Each fiber has a different texture and should be an important element to consider as it visually alters the final result. Applying the same technique to different textures will produce a different aspect for each of them, a knot applied to the raffia produces an irregular and “flattened” effect while on cotton the effect is smooth and more “full-bodied”. Wire construction: Although there are more, we will address only the 3 types of cotton yarn most used in macramé: The simple twist, the rope (also known as 3ply twist) and the braid. Like the texture, the choice of yarn construction greatly influences the result and its completion, and O twisted yesples it is, in general, the most used among artisans. This type of thread gives a more “rustic” visual finish, with sinuous and irregular lines, allowing to open or fray to finish the work with fringes or to add “feathers” or leaves. It has little elasticity and may have more or less cables (between 6 to 124 cables), a theme that we will address in a next article. Wake up it is usually made up of 3 sets of cables wrapped around itself, and is ideal for projects where the nodes are protruding and defined. This yarn can also be unraveled, although it can withstand the setbacks and repairs in creating the pieces better, being perfect for beginners. The braided thread, or cotton cord, it is a more “full” thread and with a very easy work, because it does not allow to unravel by free hand. It is a thread that creates very smooth contours, straight lines and elaborate designs, which can vary in consistency and elasticity, changing its resistance and translating into greater or lesser maneuverability. Thickness: There is a wide variety of diameters, some more suitable for certain projects than others. Smaller wires, 1.5 mm, work perfectly for small or delicate projects like jewelry. Wires 3.5mm-4mm they are very versatile, can work in various types of projects, such as accessories (key rings, pacifier holders) or even small wall panels. Wires 5mm-6mm they are perhaps the most common, perfect for both beginners and experienced macramé. Bulky pieces such as wall panels, plant support, curtains, tapestry, etc. almost always use a thick wire. Extra wide wires, from 8 mm to 12 mm, are great for creating more voluminous details such as the application of macrame fringes and loom tapestries.