I am a perfectionist at heart, but I have come to hate it about myself. Perfection is not beauty. When I made my first dream catcher about a year ago, I hated that I could not pull the thread tight enough, or get the feathers to spin just so. But now, a year later, I have learned to love the lack of control I have. I decided that there would be no better tutorial to narrate than one as spiritual as the ancient dream catcher. If you decide to follow along, be kind to yourself and let your soul spill onto your work. That's what this post is really about. I hope you enjoy!
First, you need your supplies. I had a lot of these lying around, myself. I had to specifically seek out the dream catcher hoops and suede lace. I had some beads, threading lace (made for those "friendship" bracelets), feathers, and twine all in my craft box already from previous projects. (Note: I did not end up using twine for this dream catcher, but used it for another I will picture at the bottom of this post.) And of course you will need a hot glue gun and scissors. I also had some charms that are not pictured here. I like to add those when I tie off the dream catcher webbing. But, most importantly you need your own creativity and vision!
Your first step is to attach the suede lacing, or whatever you chose to use, onto the hoop. This will help you wrap the lacing tightly. You want to do this so that you cannot see the silver metal peeking through and of course, conserving as much lacing as you can for other projects!
I don't typically hot glue any other parts of the lacing besides the beginning and end to secure it. The suede is usually pretty thick and conforms to the hoop as you are wrapping it tightly. Next we're just going to tidy up the end of it and snip off any excess suede left.
This step can be done at the beginning or end of your project, depending on your preference. I prefer to do it at the start so I know where to place to webbing. So you're going to cut a small section of lacing to make the hanger for your dream catcher. It will be looped around your hoop. All you need to do is knot the stray ends of your cord and thread it through itself at your chosen place on the dream catcher. If I was unable to tidy up my cut off for the suede around the hoop, I will put the hanger there to hide it. Here are step by step pictures.
Next, you're going to take your chosen thread (It could ultimately be sewing thread if you really wanted!) and knot it over your covered hoop. I usually come back to snip the excess thread when I'm done the webbing process. For this project, I started my webbing at the bottom right of the hoop in relation to where I put my hanger.
Webbing can be a little bit tricky until you get the hang of it. You are going to pull your threading gently to the next section where you would like your webbing. I did small sections for this particular dream catcher, but you can make them as big or small as you would like. Don't be afraid to get creative with it! You are going to put the thread over the hoop, under and around, and pull it under the threading and over it. It can be a little difficult to comprehend, so here is a picture guide.
You are going to continue this process all the way around your hoop until you reach your starting point. Here is mine.
Now you are going to take your thread and put it over and under the first loop you made like you have for the rest. This is going to begin your second row of webbing. You are going to pull your thread through middle of each loop you have already created.
This will start to make your dream catcher really look like one! You want to make sure you are pulling your thread tight for this part so that it does not sag.
For my third row, I chose to add beads to my webbing. I placed the beads in every other loop. You do not have to use beads in your dreamcatcher, but I like to add more dimesnsion to my larger ones. If you do use beads, you will have to chose which side your bead will be on when placing your next row. Personally, I chose to put all of my beads off to the right. This makes them look rather even throughout the row.
Now that I've come to the end of my webbing, it is time to tie off. I chose to use a heart charm. I always choose to tie off the webbing in the same area that I began so that I'm not in the middle of a row.
Sometimes it can be a little tricky to hide the knot around your charm. Decide which side you want to be the front of your dream catcher, and put the knot of the opposite so that it is mostly hidden.
Now that your webbing is finally complete, you can begin the bottom hangers. This is where I put my feathers and typically more beads! I chose to make three sections for this dream catcher. You are going to go back to your suede lacing and cut your portions. I tend to make my middle portion longer than the outer two. You are going to loop them around your dream catcher just as you did for the top hanger. As you can see, I looped mine around some of the webbing to make it look symmetrical. I added another style of beads to my outer two laces.
Next, you are going to hot glue the desired feather low on the suede in relation to the beads you have placed. You want to make sure your beads are capable of sliding over the stump ends of your feathers to that the transition looks seamless.
If you don't want to add beads, you don't have to, but it is a good idea to have something else that will cover up your feathers after you place them. For my middle hanger, I add the feathers first, and use my green threading to cover the ends against the suede.
If you choose to do this, you will flip over your dreamcatcher and hot glue the starting point of your thread over the feathers. I chose to combine both ends of my suede for this section. You can easily do this process with just one end of the suede lace so that you still have two free ends like my outer hangers have.
You are going to wrap the thread tightly and end it with some more hot glue. Cut off the excess ends of the thread and flip your dream catcher right side up. If you have any unfinished work, wrap it up to complete your dream catcher!
Now you have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind creation to hang in your bedroom or to gift to a friend! A dream catcher's imperfections are what make it beautiful. Remember to have fun with this DIY and get as creative as you can! Happy crafting!
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