This craft, though fairly simple, it is quite time consuming; the estimated completion time for this project is approximately 8 hours. I suggest spreading it out over a number of days and having patience. This requires making eleven dream catchers then combining them into one final project. Let's get on with it!
Warning: This project has many small pieces and is not recommended for small children
Step 1: Supplies
- One 6" metal hoop
- Ten 2" metal hoops
- 8-10 yards suede lace in your color of choice
- 25 yards waxed thread in your color of choice
- Tacky glue
- Beads or other decorations (optional)
Step 2: Wrap the Hoop(s)
Apply a small amount of glue to the end of the suede lace and hold it to the hoop until it dries. Then, begin to wrap the suede around the hoop, keeping it as tight and close knit as possible.
If you are having trouble understanding the action described I suggest viewing this video on how to make it dream catcher: html
Once you have wrapped the entire hoop cut the suede after the last wrap and put glue on the end. Again, holding until it dries in place.
Step 3: Make the Webbing in Each Catcher
Begin by tying the waxed thread to any point on the hoop, be sure to double knot so it doesn't slip out.
Move over a short distance from the knot (about an inch on the large hoop, a centimeter on the small hoops) loop around the hoop and pull tight. Move over again and continue this pattern around the hoop. For clarification, look at the graphic above
Once you've completed one revolution around the hoop, to start the next row, simply loop to the midpoint of the hoop in the previous line. For clarification see the graphic and image above.
Once you complete as many rows as you like, leaving either a large or small whole in the center, at the end of the last row instead of beginning a new row as normal, cut off the thread leaving you self a few extra inches to tie with. Tie off the last loop with another double knot and snip off excess thread. Your finished catcher should be simular to the one pictured above.
Step 4: Putting the Catchers Together
Begin by cutting 10 strips of the thread at incremental lengths (I did mine at 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, ect.)
Then using a basic square knot tie the strand to the smaller dream catcher. Once they are tied to the smaller catchers space them out along the larger catcher and tie them off in increasing length.
Step 5: Hanging the Finished Product
Begin by cutting two segments of thread approximately 20 to 22 inches in length. Fold them over in half. Using your finger create a loop at the fold and tie off the loop, as seen above. Then, tie each end of the loop to opposite sides of the large dream catcher. To be sure it's centered, hold it up by the loop, if it is level then you are balanced, if not adjust accordingly Repeat this for the other loop. Try to place them perpendicular to the best of your ability. If you want your chime to make more noise consider adding change, old nuts, and bolts of other metal to the bottom of the small catchers.