In Native American culture, dream catchers are hung over beds to promote good dreams. In Ojibwa folklore, the net/web of the dream catcher acts as a filter, catching bad dreams, allowing the good dreams to pass through and onto sleeping child below, preventing nightmares.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a modern take on the dream catcher pop up as an alternative to macrame. They’re beautiful ways of decorating the home and a symbolic reminder of the Native American culture.
Being Native American myself (my grandfather told us stories of how his great-grandmother was assimilated into the Blackfoot tribe a loooooooong time ago), when I was given the green light to make a wall hanging for our bathroom, the first thought was to make a modern dream catcher using some of my favorite colors of my hand dyed yarn.
Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make this fun little project to decorate the walls of your favorite space:
What you’ll need:
- Two colors of fingering weight yarn – I used OMG Vegas (A blend of Silk, Merino, Nylon and Glitz) in two colors; Earl Grey and Surrender.
- One 6″ steel ring – Found in the jewelry, beading aisle at Hobby Lobby.
- One 1″ steel ring.
- One 1/4″ wooden dowel or similar sized tree branch about 12″ in length.
- Tape Measure.
- Choose your main color and your complimentary color.
- You will need to cut strands prepare for construction. Each attached fringe is a bundle of 5 strands.
Main color: Cut 75 strands, each 32″ long
Complimentary color: Cut 25 strands, each 32″ long
- Cut an additional strand of the main color approximately 24″ long and set it aside.
Step 1: Start by attaching your main color fringes to the 6″ ring as shown below.
Step 2: Attach your complimentary color fringes to the wooden dowel as shown below, similar to how you attached the fringes to the steel hoop.
Step 3: Remember your single strand? Attach it to your 1″ metal hoop in a similar fashion to how you attached your fringes.
Step 4: Tie the tails from Step 3 to the wooden dowel.
Step 5: Here comes the tricky part. You’re now going to attach the two pieces – the large steel ring and the triangle created from Step 4 – together.
Step 6: Make adjustments as necessary and hang your dream catcher!
How gorgeous is that?
Now remember, if you’re having trouble figuring out Step 5, let me know!
Need more inspiration? Follow my OMG Fringes Pinterest board. I love these and have saved quite a few pins with these unique takes on the dream catcher.
How Do Dream Catchers Catch Dreams? (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2017, from http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-do-dream-catchers-catch-dreams
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