Oct 24, 2011

dreamcatchers | {tutorial}

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I’m really diggin the whole hippy thing. And while Craig is quick to correct me on the fact that dream catchers are not hippy-ish, I still think of them that way. Natural, care free, simple. All things I relate to those old hippies. hah.

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The point of a dream catcher is to weed out bad dreams. Depending on who you talk to, there will be two different stories on how this happens. Version 1: Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day. Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper. Version 2: Nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window. The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person. - Source

This is not a traditional Native- American dream catcher. Each item that is placed on a dream catcher has a significance, from beading to feathers. I just made mine for looks.

What I used:

    • Embroidery Hoop
    • Yarn (or twine, hemp… whatever you have on hand)
    • Beads
    • Feathers
    • Thread
    • Felt
    • Hot Glue Gun

Want to make one too??

Grab your embroidery hoop, leave it as is, or wrap it up like I did.

Take your webbing yarn and form a loop at the top, this will be where you dreamcatcher hangs from. The picture I took shows a loop that can slide around, don’t do that. secure your loop into place so it will not move.

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The webbing is the same stitch through out. Bring your yarn over the top of the hoop,  and through the hole you formed. (hopefully the pictures make sense)

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Pull tight and repeat. (For these pictures I used a short piece of yarn, YOU will be using the long piece)

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For your second (and every other row), use the same stitch, but instead of going over the hoop, go through the string:

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Since I used yarn that was too thick to string my beads on at this point, but if you can, string them on now, no need to knot them in place, just let them flow freely. You want at least 1, to represent the spider in the web.

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Keep going until the hole in the middle is to your liking. (I did 6 rows).

Your last stitch in the first row should end about 1/2 inch from your hanging loop
In that last stitch, just knot it off by bringing that string back through the hole twice. Don’t snip the yarn just yet. You want to leave atleast 7-8 inches so you have something to hang your feather’s on.

Since I couldn’t string my beads with the yarn, I just took some thread and tied them onto the webbing.

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Now you can tie extra string where ever you’d like, some tie it to the actual hoop. I, however, did not.
I took one long piece of yarn, and tied it onto that center string at about the half way mark, creating 3 tails. Then took another piece of string and did the same thing onto one of those tails. (make sense)

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Again, if you are able to string your beads. Do so before attaching the feathers.

To attach the feathers, I dabbed some hot glue onto the end of the yarn, then stuck in the quils and arranged the feathers how I wanted them, once the glue had cooled slightly, I pinched it so the feathers would not move.

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After you  the amount of feathers you like, and have them arranged how you’d like, take a small piece of felt and wrap the top of the feathers/yarn.

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If you did it like me, After all the feathers are secured, you can go back and tie more beads onto the feather tails.

That’s it. Easy peasy!

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Such a great wall hanging piece. Even better to give as a handmade gift. Maybe to the new/expecting mom to use as a mobile?

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His view:

his view

PLEASE: Do NOT use as a mobile if you have tied the beads the way I did. The beads could fall off and cause a sever choking hazard!

I think it’s a hit!

its a hit

look up

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

16 comments:

  1. Um.AMAZING! love that you did a craft that i haven't seen a tutorial on before. i love the picture where you did crib view. beautiful!

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  2. I love this!!! And Stone is SUCH a doll.. oh man.

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  3. I love this! And it looks easy enough! I may try it!

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  4. What a great idea!! Following from creatives ;)

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  5. great tutorial. I'm going to have to give it a go. Of course, when I do, I'll link back to you! :)

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  6. So I used your sweet sweet tutorial to make our little girl who is due in May a mobile! I will be posting the photos tomorrow on my blog, and also linking to YOUR wonderful blog so that others can make one too! :) Thank you for posting this!
    Elise Nicole
    http://www.elisenicolek.blogspot.com

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  7. your website is sooooo cool! I love the dreamcatcher idea. I want to make a mini one for my car. How cute would that be!

    Take a peek at my place, www.borntobeblonde.com

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  8. Good tutorial for a modern version of a dream catcher. Very well done. I have made a few dream catchers myself from a metal loop & leather/artifical sinew. I do however really like the look of these ones, and your materials seem much easier to use then leather/artifical sinew.

    Just as an aside, according to legend, the first dream catcher was actually made by a mother and used as a mobile to help her baby, who had constant nightmares, sleep in doors. She made it after seeing a spider spin a web above her baby while outside one night, and noticed her baby spelt peacefully.

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  9. Just made this! Used about a 6-inch hoop. Wrapping the hoop in floss took the longest, the actual weaving took me about 10 minutes. Make sure and cut a length of thread before trying to weave with it. Using yarn attached to a skein/ball would be extremely hard!

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  10. I love this, I'm working on my dream catcher right now:) I separated the embroidery hoop so i can make two, one a mobile for my niece and one for me lol.

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  11. Great and very informative post you have shared with us i like this blog post.

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