I have this weird space in my bedroom between the door to my outdoor balcony and a column that I have been meaning to fill with something – originally I had two hanging plants there, but since I have a fundamental lack of motherliness, they both died within a week and have been sitting against the wall, dried up and dead for over a year, like plant-skeletons mocking my matronly ineptitude.
I thought that the space was perfect for a large-sized, uber-hipstery dream catcher, and since I refuse to pay money for anything that I can reasonably make myself, I set some time aside to throw one together this weekend.
It’s surprisingly easy – I looked at the quick figure below for about 30 seconds then got to bisznas.
The first thing you need is a big ring. I wanted a really big dream catcher and it’s actually pretty hard to find purpose-made “dream catcher rings” in large sizes, so I improvised and used a big embroidery hoop. In retrospect, it’s a little too flat along the edge, but I don’t f-ing care that much. What am I, the Queen of England? Pffffffft.
Then you wrap the ring in leather or “faux ultra suede” like me. IMPORTANT NOTE: you need much more leather than you think you do. Much more. Err on the side of caution and buy A LOT.
This part of the dream catcher is the most annoying and boring, so it helps if you’re drunk. I recommend a big, frosty craft beer. It helps the “faux-ultra-suede” wrapping part go by quicker.
Alright, wrap the whole hoop then tie the ends tightly. You can see in the photo below that I have TWO ends on each side of the hoop. That’s because I underestimated how much leather I needed, used it all and only got half-way, then had to go back to the store and buy more to finish the other half. If you are a normal person, you will only have one end.
Anyways, as per the figure up at the top, you basically just wind the center thread in a repetitive pattern around the hoop over and over. Some tips:
- It’s really hard to get all of your first level of loops evenly distributed. I recommend wrapping them all, then going back and sliding and adjusting them afterwards while keeping the loose end tight;
- Keep your one hand continuously on the end of the string while looping it through the holes with your other hand… and use a consistent motion (i.e. over-under; over-under…. not over-under; under-over… that will suck);
- Similarly, you can continuously adjust your loops by tightening and loosening the end of the string with your other hand as you continue to add more levels.
At some point, you have to string a bead into the dream catcher… that is the “spider” apparently. Whatever.
I chose a white bead. Make sure you like the colour of bead, because you can’t pull that sucker out without undoing the whole thing. I’m not sure I like my colour of bead. Which sucks.
Anyways, once you are happy with all of your web, tie that sucker off and leave a bit hanging – you’re going to tie a feather to it, don’t worry.
Then you just, like, tie a bunch of shit off the end of the dream catcher to make it look all boho-y and junk. I tied some leftover “faux-ultra-suede”, some embroidery thread, and twine and other garbage. I might go back and put some better stuff on later. Who knows.
After you’ve tied all your junk on the end, you should put some beads and feathers and stuff like that on it. It makes it even more ultra-boho-hisptery.
BLAM! Dream catcher all up in yo’ face: