Dream Catchers with Paige Hemmis
Paige and I teamed up to craft Dream Catchers! Paige wanted to honor her heritage and I wanted to help Ava, my 4 yr old daughter, to use them when she’s had a nightmare. Dream Catchers originated from traditional Native American beliefs that they represent a spider’s web perfectly round with a hole in the center. Some tribes believe a dream catcher will snare the bad or evil parts of a dream, while the good is allowed to flow through center hole. Other tribes believe the opposite, that the web will catch the good and filter away the bad. No matter how you make them, be sure you include the feathers! It’s believed the good flows down the feathers to the one who’s dreaming. Hung freely above a bed, a dream catcher will surely inspire all who sleep under it!
- 10” or 14” Metal ring – you can make it as large or small as you like
- Yarn (5mm)
- Lace fabric
- Leather cord
- Feathers – a must!
- Fabric and ribbon cut into 1″ strips
- Yarn sewing needle
Instructions For Paige’s Dream Catcher:
- Wrap yarn around the metal ring until the ring is completely covered, trim yarn and tie off ends
- Cut a square of fabric to fill center of ring
- Lay the ring on top of the fabric, tape the ring to the fabric to hold in place
- Thread the needle with yarn and attach the fabric to the ring by sewing 1″ stitches spaced about 1” apart – the stitches will look like triangles
- Tie off the yarn, trim ends, cut away excess fabric and remove tape
- Tie strips of fabric and ribbon to what you decide is the bottom of the ring
- Add feathers and beads to varying lengths of leather cord or yarn, tie to what you decide is the bottom of the ring
- Tie a loop using the leather cord at the top for hanging
Instructions For Tanya’s Dream Catcher:
- To create a web pattern, knot one end of the yarn to the metal ring – the knot needs to be pretty tight so the yarn holds in place
- Wrap the yarn around the metal ring on the opposite side – again, use a lot of tension and I found the yarn stayed in place just fine if I wrapped the yarn around the ring a few times before drawing it across for the next length
- Continue Step 2 with the same yarn or with an additional color or style yarn – the web can be as dense as you like!
- Once your web is to your liking, tie off the yarn and trim the ends
- Thread beads onto varying lengths leather cord or yarn and tie onto what you designate is the bottom of the ring
- Fill in with additional fabric and ribbon pieces.
- Attach feathers to yarn or leather cord and tie onto the ring
- Create a leather cord hanging loop at the top
- When sewing the fabric in Paige’s version, stitches any closer than 1″ make it difficult to attach the strips of fabric and ribbon at the bottom
- For my version, I found if I was bringing the yarn across the ring on top, it held in place much more easily if the next length was drawn across from underneath the hoop – feel free to play around and find a method that works to your liking
- You can also use branches as your hoop, just soak them in water so they bend into a circle – secure in a circle shape with floral wire
- Embroidery hoops also work well, and they’re super cost efficient since they’re actually a 2 for 1!