January 21, 2013
Making a dream catcher can be a really fun project to do with friends or family! It promotes good energy and happy dreams. It also represents the spirit of the spider in Navajo culture, linking the weave of the spider web to weaving and other creative arts. Making and displaying a dream catcher embraces the creative energy in us all!
Traditionally, dream catchers were made with willow branches, sinew, feathers, and beads. Modern day provides modern material, so today’s dream catcher is made with the following:
- 1 skein of yarn (I only used a small fraction of the skein, so a small skein, or yarn scraps will work just fine! )
- 1 Embroidery hoop
- Multiple trims each cut at 2/3yard-1yard (add on more yardage for your favorite trims!)
- 1 DMC embroidery floss (I grabbed two to give myself color options!)
- Scissors and glue
When picking out your materials, think about what colors you want to inspire you. I chose a palette of green and ivory, to give a nature/woodsy inspired dream catcher.
Step 1 in making your dream catcher is to wrap your embroidery hoop in yarn. I chose to use our Cascade wool yarn in a forest green color.
Once you cover the whole embroidery hoop, you can remove the tension screw. This will give you a great spot to tie a ribbon when your ready to hang the dream catcher.
Now we are ready to start the spider weave inside of the dream catcher! Dont be scared! The traditional weave is pretty simple, and if you “mess up”, it will only add more character and specialness to your dream catcher! The more personal elements, the better!
So to make the weave, you will simply make a series of loops around your hoop with your DMC embroidery floss. The trick to keep in mind is even tension. The tighter your pulling on your loops the better.
Once you’ve made loops around the whole hoop, you will then make loops on the first round of loops. As you can see in the picture, the first round of looping was pulled tightly, and my second round of loops was looped on to the space between.
You will continue looping and pulling tight until you get to a point where there is only a small opening left in your spider weave! You are now ready to tie a knot (or two) and you are finished with your spider weave!
Now you can tie feathers or beads onto the area where you’ve made your finishing knot. I chose to use the feathers from our feather trim! I tied another knot in the DMC floss, and inserted two feathers inside the knot and dabbed a little bit of glue inside the knot to give a little extra stability.
(Interesting Fact: The meaning behind the feathers in dream catchers is to allow the good dreams to float gently down like feathers onto the sleeping person.)
Next, is the fun part! Now you’ll add your trims to the bottom of the dream catcher! As you can see from the picture below, I decided to knot on the lighter weight trims, and I’ve glued the bulkier trims. I just folded the bulky trim over and glued it onto itself!
Now you can tie on a ribbon to the spot where the screw was in the embroidery hoop. This will give you a great spot to hang you dream catcher!
Once I finished attaching all of my trims, I’ve decided to add a few more feathers. I love feathers!
I glued some feathers on, and then wrapped them onto the hoop with yarn. This ensures that the feathers won’t fall off, and gives a nice finished look to your dream catcher.
After you’ve added your personal finishing touches, your Dream Catcher is ready to be hung or given to a friend! Remember, each dream catcher is unique and special!