Yes! I try to find the cheapest shipping options available and only charge for shipping what I pay myself (or less), but the fact is that shipping from Sweden to other countries can be a bit expensive. Furthermore, rope is very heavy and the shipping prices tend to increase the heavier the package is.
If you would like a specific quota for cheapest shipping options possible if you are interested in a large order, please contact me. Check out my Shipping Policy just underneath here.
Usually I ship all orders within 24 hours Monday - Friday 1pm - 5pm, however it can sometimes take a little longer during extra busy times (usually not more than 3 business days). Keep in mind that Createaholic is a one woman show. ;)
During Swedish public holidays I will not be able to ship any orders, but will ship your order as soon as possible. In case I am off on vacation I will announce this clearly at the top of my site.
I use the following carriers to deliver orders:
Within the EU
- Postnord Logistics (the Swedish Postal Service). Once packages leaves Sweden they are handed over to your country's local Post Service. You will be able to use the tracking number I send you on your local Postal Service's website.
- For some orders I also use FedEx and UPS.
The vast majority of all orders come with a tracking number. Only orders that weigh very little will be shipped without a tracking number.
The rate charged for the shipping of your order is based on the weight of your products, and your location. Before the final checkout page you will be shown what the cost of shipping will be, and you will have a chance to not place your order if you change your mind. If you would like a specific quota for your order, email me at email@example.com.
If an item goes on back order we will ship you the entire order once the item becomes available.
I am happy for you to come by and check out my supplies in person, in other words visit me at home! Just send me a message and we can try to find a good time that suits us both. Once here, I accept payment via card or Swish, not cash.
Cord: When I use the word 'cord' I use it as a generic term referring to any type of rope or string. Usually I use the words 'string' and 'rope' when referring to the specific material you have before it is cut in smaller lengths for your project. The cords are therefor the separate lengths of string/rope you cut.
Rope: I use the word 'rope' to refer to cord that is either multiple-ply twist or braided.
String: I use the word 'string' to refer to cord which is made of multiple fibers that are twisted together - a single twist as opposed to 3-ply twist, for example.
Ropes are sturdier and stronger than string, while string is softer and easier to fray.
This is a common question with no easy or even right answer. What cord you should choose depends on a number of factors. First of all, think of cord size. Are you aiming for intricacy or larger scale pieces? For intricacy, I would personally not use cords thicker than 3mm. For larger scale pieces you can use really thick ropes. The thicker the rope, the quicker you will be able to make large and chunky pieces. My favourites are 4-8mm for any piece larger than ≈100x100cm. But this is really a preference thing!
When it comes to choosing between natural fibers (cotton, hemp, jute) or synthetic fibers it is all about your own personal style. The only time it is important to carefully consider is when you are making items that will be subjected to humidity or water - then you should naturally choose cords that aren't sensitive to this. Furthermore, macramé requires using your hands, so choosing a type of cord that will be as kind to your skin as possible is always an added plus. For that reason I personally love the single twisted cotton string!
When it comes to the type of cord you should choose (single twist/multiple-ply rope/braided), it is once again a preference thing. I usually recommend 3-ply rope or braided rope to anyone who is a complete beginner since they are sturdier and the fibres in these types of ropes holds together which can make it easier when you tie your knots. The single twist string also holds together well, but there's no denying it frays up easier. This is however a very good thing for anyone wanting a piece that is fluffy and with soft tassels or cord ends.
One last important thing is for anyone planning on making something that will be used by and/or for a child/baby. Remember that ropes and string made for crafting usually don't have any of the certifications that (for example) clothes and children's toys have. If you are making a child swing, a teether or a pacifier holder for example, make sure you are using materials that are friendly towards children's sensitive skin.
Another very common question! This naturally depends on the size and design of your project, but a good rule of thumb if you're a beginner is that you need more than you think!
For a plant hanger you can use anywhere between 6-100 meters depending on how you make it, but a "classic" macramé plant hanger is often made with about 30-40 meters for example.
With wall hangings it's impossible to say an exact number since the design (types of knots, pattern, thickness of cord) and the size of the finished piece will affect how much you need. If you are just going to create something without knowing beforehand what design you will make and you will just improvise as you go, I would aim for somewhere between 3-5 times the length of the finished piece you want. In other words, if you would want to make a 1 meter tall wall hanging I would start with cords that are between 3-5 meter long. You would therefore cut each cord 6-10 meters since you fold your cord in half when you attach it to a dowel/branch or anchor cord.
If you would still like some form of hint as to how many meters you usually use for macramé wall hangings I personally use approximately these amounts:
Small wall hangings: 50-80 meters
Medium wall hangings: 80-200 meters
Large wall hangings: 200-600 meters
Large wall hangings with lots of intricacy: 600->1000 meters
Yes! You can order samples here. I only charge you for the cost of posting the samples. Please note that I need you to specify which types you would like me to include. This can be done in the message box when you click on your shopping cart. Specify which colours, rope and/or string, plus thickness you want.
My rope comes from two different manufacturers, one in Sweden and one in Turkey. The rope bundles and all the single twist string is made in Turkey, while the 3-ply rope on spools is made in Sweden.
Yes. If you have a registered EU VAT company I can send you an invoice for bank transfer without VAT included. I also offer wholesale prices for larger orders to EU VAT registered companies. Contact me and I can send you a list of prices.
Yes! Since early 2015, I have been selling my hand made macramé art to homes all around the world. You can check out what I currently have in stock here, but feel free to contact me if you would like a previous sold out design of mine, or something completely new!
Yes! I love creating something special that is tailored to a specific space or event. Contact me and we can discuss your vision, ideas and preferences and come up with something really unique!
Of course! I have done collaborations through Instagram previously and I’m open to more collaborations with people or companies that I admire and have an interest in. Contact me and we’ll can discuss it.
In my shop I sell the original English version and the Swedish edition of my book. When you buy from me I sign and send your book with a personal message. :) However, you may very well find my book closer to you and save on shipping depending on where you live. My book can be found in most good book stores and of course on Amazon. Google is your friend here mate!
To date, there are seven co-editions of my book and two more coming in late 2019. To find them more easily, here are their respective titles:
Macramé. 20 modèles pour une maison inspirée (Mango Éditions)
Macramé. El arte del nudo creativo (Promopress)
Macramé. Knoop er op los (Manteau)
Makramé. Dekorative og kreative knuter (Cappelen Damm)
Makramé. Kreativt knytande för hemmet (Tukan Förlag)
Makrameen mailma. Kaunista kotiin luovasti solmeillen (Kustannus-Mäkelä)
마크라메. 기초부터 실전까지 서양식 매듭으로 완성하는 인테리어 (출판사클)
My book is great for beginners, if I may say so myself! ;) I have heard back from many people who have told me that this book got them started on their personal macramé journey. However, there is still lots of room for developing of skills, so even if you have some of the basics down I am sure you will find that this book is still great for gaining some more in-depth knowledge and inspiration!
Just FYI, I am currently working on a second macramé book to be launched in late 2019! It will be a more advanced book with a great variety of projects, new knots and new techniques. Stay tuned! :D