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