Dreamcatcher

We've all seen dreamcatchers everywhere. In stores, hanging from people's rear-view mirrors (are people sleeping while they're driving?) as tattoos, everywhere! I grew up learning how to make them from my mother and want to share what she taught me. Follow along to make your own!

SUPPLIES-

  • string
  • wooden hoop (7.5" diameter)
  • scissors
  • yarn (various colors)
  • beads
  • agate (or a stone of your choice)
  • feather

STEP 1 - MAKE THE WEB

Take a string about 120" long (10 feet) and tie one end to any point on the wooden hoop. Bring the string over the hoop at one point approximately 4" from the starting point. Wrap the string over the hoop, bring it under, and then over the string again to secure it, and pull. You're not tying a knot, you're just wrapping the string around the hoop and then itself. Repeat this around the hoop a few times until you're back to your starting point.

wooden hoop

wooden hoop

string over the hoop, bring it under, then over the string again and pull

string over the hoop, bring it under, then over the string again and pull

Repeat this webbing again, but this time use the outer frame of string you created as your "hoop" and wrap the string on each plane you created.

webbing being repeated

webbing being repeated

close-up

close-up

STEP 2 - SECURE AGATE IN PLACE

When you get to a point where there is a small center hole, tie a knot, but keep the extra string on the end to secure the agate. Place the agate on top of the center hole, and just wrap the string through the center to the back a few times and tie a knot behind it.

tie a knot when close to the center and keep the extra string

tie a knot when close to the center and keep the extra string

secure the agate in place and tie a knot behind it (so it's not visible from the front)

secure the agate in place and tie a knot behind it (so it's not visible from the front)

STEP 3 - CUT YOUR YARN & LARKS HEAD KNOT

Cut your yarn into 28" strands for each color. I made 15 Larks Head Knots total in the varying colors, and used 5 strands of yarn for each knot, so you'll need about 75 strands of yarn depending on how much you want to put on the hoop. See below for how to make a Larks Head Knot.

28" strands of yarn in each color

28" strands of yarn in each color

LARKS HEAD KNOT

1. Take 5 strands of yarn and fold in half, place the folded half under the hoop.

3. Bring the strands of yarn that are still under the hoop through the fold that is over the hoop and pull tight

2. Pull the folded half over the hoop

4. Repeat this knot about 15 times on the bottom of the hoop

STEP 4 - TIE ON BEADS

Take a few of your beads and decide where you want to have them in the yarn. String only a couple of strands through the bead (I used a knitting needle to help on a few of the beads with smaller openings) and tie a loose knot under the bead so it stays in place. 

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STEP 5 - ADD YOUR FEATHER

Take a piece of string and tie a knot around a small bead then place it over the top quill. Create a knot below the bead on the quill. This should secure the feather onto the bead and string. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom center part of the hoop so that the feather hangs nicely in the middle.

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YOU'RE FINISHED! 

Tie a small piece of string on top for hanging, and you're all set! Sweet dreams! :) 

Shalene ChavezComment