After one year of blogging I feel confident enough to repost one of my favourite projects, a dreamcatcher with branch, dip dyed fringes and origami cranes. I don’t know how many of you guys have already read this dreamcatcher tutorial, which was one of my very first posts. If you haven’t, no worries, here it is again. And I think you’ll really like it.
By going through my old post and reediting the images I realised how much I have learnt already. It’s amazing how much you take with along the way. Don’t believe the people who say that writing a blog is a waste of time, if you didn’t have a huge readership (yet). You learn so much new stuff, you figure things out, you develop new skills and practice old ones. That’s never a waste. Even if it was solely for yourself.
As this dreamcatcher was a birthday present for a friend I wasn’t able to take new pictures. And although I wanted to make another dream catcher for myself, I haven’t managed to do so (in a year’s time!). So this tutorial is a revamped version.
For your dreamcatcher you need:
- undyed or white cotton yarn (I used a thicker undyed one and a thin white one)
- strips of white cotton fabric scraps
- beads, buttons etc. in matching colours
- feathers and beads with a big enough opening to fit through the feather quills and the yarn
- hot glue gun
- super glue
- 4 paper squares ca. 6×6 cm / 2 ½ x 2 ½″ for the origami cranes
- fabric paint or fabric dye and a container to dip dye the yarn in
- acrylic paint to paint part of the hoop
- nylon thread and sewing needle
1. Cut the thicker cotton yarn into 16 pieces and the thin yarn into 6 pieces each approx. 70 cm / 27 ½″ long. Cut 3 strips off the fabric each also 70 cm / 27 ½″ long.
2. Dilute the fabric paint with water or prepare fabric dye as per instructions. Fold all the pieces of yarn in half and dip the open ends into the dye, make sure at least 12 cm / 5″ are covered. Let them soak over night or if you are using dye follow the instructions. Take them out and let dry.
3. Fold four origami cranes. The paper squares used in this tutorial make small cranes, approx. 3cm / 1 ¼″. You find folding instructions here (video and images).
4. Glue the branch to the hoop with the hot glue gun. Secure the branch on two spots with yarn tied around the branch and hoop. If you want, you can paint parts of the hoop with acrylic paint.
5. Knot the yarn pieces to the hoop.
6. Put the hoop flat on an even surface, so you can place beads, buttons and feathers on the fringe to see where you want them. String the beads and buttons, secure them, if necessary, with a knot underneath.
7. String the beads for the feathers, apply a bit of super glue on the feather quills and stick them through the beads. Cut off any excess quills.
8. Hang the dreamcatcher. Get the feathers out of the way and trim the ends of the yarn into a pointy shape.
9. Glue the origami cranes to the branch with hot glue. If you want, you can hang one with nylon thread: simply thread a piece of nylon thread through a sewing needle and push it through the opening at the bottom of the crane. The needle should exit the crane at the highest point at the back. Knot a bead to the end of the nylon to prevent the crane from slipping off. Tie the thread with the crane to the branch.
10. If you want, tie on a piece of yarn to hang your dreamcatcher, otherwise hang it directly on the hoop. Done.
I hope this inspired you to make your own dreamcatcher or at least to put in on your to do list (it’s still on mine). Which colour did you choose?