Friday, September 16, 2005

Jute - The Grand Dame Of Macrame Yarn

I thought you might enjoy this excerpt from my book. Like we all have our preferences - mine is for Jute - it is what I made my very first Macrame Project - a Planter - with all those years ago. I remember dying up a storm in the laundry with the Condese Crystals (not sure if I spelled that the right way of not!?). It really is the most wonderful of yarns to work with - in my book at least......:)


Jute is a great material to use for many Macramé projects. It is not too costly and the thickness of the yarn will give you fast results. You can buy jute in 2-ply sizes all the way up to 5-ply. One thing to keep in mind when you’re using jute is that it is not colorfast. This means that if you’re going to be using the jute in a project that is going to be subjected to electric or natural light for an extended period of time that it will fade. You’ll find that the natural tone of jute, which is a sandy, light colored brown, will be great for natural projects when you’re going to be using objects such as shells, stones, natural beads, and other rustic items.

Jute is also available in dyed colors for those Macramé projects where you need color. Or you can take your Macramé craft one step further by dying your own jute.