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11.8.17

DIY Grey And White Dreamcatcher




Hey Loves,

I've been wanting a dream catcher for a very long time. However, everywhere I looked all I could find were ones that were outside of what I have budgeted for home decor so I decided to go ahead and make my own.. It seems like there are all kinds of varieties of dream catchers floating around the web so I figured I would come up with my own version. This project is definitely a labor of love and I just love how it turned out.

The origins behind dream catchers are the stuff of legends. Growing up, I recall that dream catchers, are Native American creations that are meant to chase away or "catch" bad dreams and harmful feelings. The amazing truth of the matter is that it came from Ojibwe Native Americans originally. The legend, from a quick google search, explains that the dream catcher was made by Ojibwe mothers, sisters and grandmothers to be hung over the cradles of the children. The web of the dream catcher was meant to capture the bad thoughts and dreams while the hole in the middle of the web was meant to allow only good thoughts to come through.

The web was also woven in honor of Asibikaasi, the Spider Woman, who cared for the land and her people. As the Ojibwe nation spread and intermingled among other nations, Asibikaasi had trouble visiting each cradle board. The ladies of the nation wove the dream catchers to give Asibikaasi a place to rest in their home.

If you would like to have a piece of this legend in your home, it costs little more than the time that it takes to put together. I purchased everything from Hobby lobby except the paint, which was purchased at Lowes! So, without further ado, let's get started.

 One ring to weave them all.

Materials Needed:

Wooden Embroidery Hoop - 12" Diameter for this one
Spray Paint - I used a Flat Gray
Yarn - I used 1/3 of a 355 Yard Roll of Gray. About 1/4 of a roll of White of the same length. It all depends on how many colors you use and how large the hoop is but you'll need around 175-200 yards total to be safe. (That's probably way safe since I'm guesstimating, but you're going to do other projects!)
Any Sort of Decorations - I used some preserved Eucalyptus and silk Roses. I also used a few different kinds of ribbon in the draped portion.
Clear Nylon Thread - 1 small spool should be sufficient.
Fabric Doily - 1 that matches the diameter of the frame. This will take the place of the web.
Hot Glue Gun

So, to start with, you need a base to work with. Traditionally, dream catchers were made with a willow branch for the frame of the web. Also, while the circle is typical with what one considers a dream catcher, certain Native American nations around the North and Northeastern parts of North America have used a tear drop/snow shoe shape. 

For my frame, I cheated somewhat and just used a wooden embroidery hoop that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I went with a 12 inch diameter hoop and I removed the sizing screw so that it made a smooth hoop all the way around. You can glue the hoop into place to hold it together while you work but don't worry about getting it perfect, you just want it to stick together for now. Also, don't worry if there is a gap. You can either place that part under some flowers or other embellishments or you can fill it in with wood glue and sand it into shape. I went with the first method.

Gray is my favorite

So once you've figured out how you're going to handle your frame, you may want to get it painted. I chose to do a quick spray paint of gray to prevent any wood color from showing through the yarn in the next step. If that doesn't bother you or if you are sure that you will cover it up with the yarn, you don't need to do so.

Yes I know I left the screw on, I got lazy at the last minute. Haha!

So, now that the paint is dried, or you didn't paint at all, you can start wrapping the frame in your favorite yarn. Just pick a spot and start wrapping yarn around and around. The goal is to completely cover the frame. You can either just unwrap from the ball as you go or, like I did it, cut a very long length off so it will be easier to handle. If and when you reach the end of the line, literally, just hold the end of the yarn against the frame along with the end of the new length of yarn and start wrapping tightly again. This will lock both the end and the beginning of the yarn in place as you go.

When you get to the whole of the frame wrapped, lock the yarn in with a small spot of glue in a place that it won't be seen.

My version of a web.

The next order of business is to tie in the doily to make the "web" of the dream catcher. Just place the doily in the center and use the clear nylon thread to tie it to the frame. Go around the outside of the doily and make it good and tight, we don't want a loose web. Try to get the thread in between the threads of yarn if you can to make it as seamless as you can.

Almost done!

Now, we are done with the frame and the web. Now to make it prettier.

Go ahead and cut numerous lengths of yarn. All roughly the same length and  twice as long and a few inches longer than what you want it to be at the finish. You will trim everything to the length you want later. For now, you will fold the yarn in half and wrap the "U" of the yarn around the frame, pulling through the two lengths of yarn that you have created this way. Pull it tight onto the frame and move on. You can see how I did it in the above photo. You can make this anyway you like! Use many colors, types of yarn and ribbons. I used mostly just gray and white yarn with a couple rolls of lacy ribbons, just wrapping them in like the yarn. This made for a little breakup of just the yarn. I went from one end and 180 degrees along the frame, hanging yarn on roughly half of the frame.

Intermission!

So, if you're like me, this is a good time to take a break and enjoy some nice chilled wine. We had a bottle of Peach Bellini in the fridge and I popped a few fresh raspberries into a glass and enjoyed a nice refresher on the patio.

BACK TO WORK!

Don't worry, there's not much left to do. In this case, just add whatever extra embellishments you like to the frame. I added a couple fake white roses and eucalyptus and glued them all to one side of the dream catcher in this nice arrangement you see in the photo below.

When you are done, add a small loop of yarn to the top of the dream catcher and consider your masterpiece complete! Just go through and trim the bottom of the yarn tails however you like. I did this one in a bit of a Chevron design but you can do it however you like, you can even leave it how it turns out if you like.

However you end up creating your own dream catcher, I hope that it keeps your bad dreams away and only lets the good thoughts prevail! If you enjoyed this article, please comment and share with your friends so everyone can enjoy learning how to do this. Have a wonderful day Loves!


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