What size and kind of string should I use?

By Terri Huntley

May 7, 2015

There are so many kinds of string and cording.  What should I use?  This is a common question when starting a project.  It actually makes a big difference for your finished design.  We had a customer bring in her Kumihimo project wondering why hers did not look like ours.  It was primarily the string she used.  So here is what we recommend -

Kumihimo braiding requires a twisted nylon non-stretch cording such as S-Lon or C-Lon.  There are several different weights for different bead sizes.

  • Micro Cord - Thin bead cord used for fine macrame, small hole bead stringing, bead crochet using size 11/0 or 15/0 beads.  Breaking strength is 11 lbs.  We have several colors available at Sparkleez Crystals.
  • Fine Weight Cord - Also known as Tex-135.  A new size that is halfway between Micro and Regular bead cord.  This size works great for size 11/0 kumihimo braids.  It creates a much firmer braid than when using micro cord.  Breaking Strength is 25 lbs.  We carry over 20 colors at Sparkleez Crystals.
  • Regular Weight - Also known as Tex-210 or #18.  Great for micro-macrame, kumihimo, bead stringing, bead crochet using size 8/0 or larger beads.  Breaking Strength is 35 lbs.  We have over 100 colors available at Sparkleez Crystals.
  • Heavy Bead Cord - Also known as Tex-400.  A heavy cord used for macrame, kumihimo ans stringing beads.  Breaking strength is 75 lbs.  We do not carry this at Sparkleez Crystals but can order it for you.

For bead weaving or beading there are couple of good options.

  • Fireline - Fireline is a type of fishing line that is very durable and great for peyote, square stitch, brick stitch, bead weaving, loom weaving, and all types of bead work with seed beads.  We carry 6-lb test in crystal and in smoke at Sparkleez Crystals
  • Nymo Size D - Standard weight nylon beading thread used for peyote, square stitch, brick stitch, bead weaving, loom weaving and all types of bead work with seed beads.  We carry several colors at Sparkleez Crystals

Hope this helps!  Happy beading and join us at bead club some month!

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