I know this looks like an odd little assortment of macrame samples. The thing is I need to start somewhere when a new idea pops into my head. So I start small, cut 1 to 2 yards of cord and work a few inches. This might seem like a lot of time to spend on nothing I can actually use, but in the long run I get a better idea of which colors work, how much cord I need and (most useful) how to work out the kinks of a new technique. I even keep the shortie duds so I know what not to repeat. It’s possible that I have more shorties than I have completed projects! I keep telling myself that one of these days I’m going to pin all these little guys up on a pretty fabric board… ah well maybe someday.