Dream Catchers

Dream Catchers

Many Native American tribes believed in the spiritual use of dream catchers. As the center of the web caught bad dreams, in would glide positive dreams and thoughts in its place. With a rising sun, a beam of radiant sunlight would shine through the center of the catcher. The negativity that once filled the space would fall down through the feathers, dissolve and be gone! Thus leaving positivity and happiness for the day!

 You Will Need:

  • Rings of any size. Can be metal or wood. (I used wooden embroidery hoops for a few and it worked really well!)
  • Lace, Ribbons, Yarn, Rope- Anything to wrap, weave and dangle!
  • Beads, Shells, feathers, pearls, stones- Anything to decorate with!
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Needles (all sizes)

IMG_4778aStart by dabbing a little bit of hot glue on the ring to secure your yarn.
IMG_4782aWrap the yarn around the ring, bringing the bundle of yarn around and through the ring. Finish it off by gluing the end of the yarn to the ring.IMG_4789aBe creative! You can use yarn, thread, lace, ribbons, rope, or whatever other material you want! IMG_4797a

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To make a dream catcher with a doily in the middle, string a large sized needle in and out of the doily, wrapping your thread around the ring. Tie a knot around the ring to keep the doily attached to the ring.

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If you want to make a more traditional dream catcher, you can choose to weave the center instead of using a doily. To make a woven doily, start by wrapping your string around the ring, leaving gaps that are approximately 1-2 inches wide
IMG_4859aOnce you’ve finished wrapping the string, begin weaving your string through the loops you created. To make it easier to fit the yarn through, gently pull the string away from the ring and push the bundle of yarn through the open space. Start by holding the bundle on your side of the ring, then tuck it through to the opposite side so you can wrap it around the loop and bring it back to your side. Continue this process, pulling the string tighter to keep tension in the middle but keep it loose enough that you can still fit the yarn through the loops.
IMG_4883aKeep weaving until you get to the middle of the dreamcatcher. To finish, tie a double knot around one of the center loops, then put a drop of hot glue on top of the knot to make it stay. Another option for finishing your dreamcatcher is to weave a mini doily in the middle using the same process as the larger doily.
IMG_4890aTie ribbons, strings, lace, and yarn around the bottom of your ring and attach feathers, sea shells, beads, paper flowers, or whatever other materials you want. Feel free to attach as many ribbons as you want at the bottom, whether it’s 2 or 20. You really can’t go wrong with creating a dream catcher. They are all unique and different and beautiful no matter what you put on them!
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1 Comment

  • Moorea Morehart
    April 12, 2016 12:33 pm

    These photos are amazing! Such a great demonstration!

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