Friday, March 21, 2014

Discovering 2014: Dreamcatcher

Discovering 2014 is a personal goal to complete a daily project throughout the year!

Today's project was a Dreamcatcher. I made one once before as a young teen, but once I recalled how to get the web pattern down it went pretty quick.

You'll need the inside hoop of an embroidery hoop, embroidery floss (amount will vary by your hoop size; I needed under half a skein for the smallest hoop), and you can optionally use 6mm and 8mm beads as well.

Knot the beginning of your floss onto the hoop, leaving a 2"-3" tail.

Continue around the hoop, taking your embroidery floss over the top then through the opening. Pull tight!

This is a bit further along, but maybe it shows the "over and through" better:

At the end of the first rotation around the hoop, tie the tail you left at the beginning with the floss you just ended on. Double or triple knot, then feel free to trim the tail.

The second, and remaining, rotations you just do the "over and through" method on the previous rotation, aiming for the center.

Optionally you can string some beads on!

Once you reach the middle make a double or triple knot and trim the remaining embroidery floss.

Make a loop to hang your dreamcatcher with. I actually used the French Knot bracelet I made earlier this month for my loop, but just looping around some plain floss would work fine, too!

Finally, make some tails for your dreamcatcher. I cut some random lengths of embroidery floss, folded them a few times then looped them onto the bottom of the hoop.

My cat approved a bit too much!

Tomorrow's project is Snickerdoodle Sugar Cookies!

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