PRESENT DAY MOMS

Dreamcatchers

Emily DaFoe
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Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Dreamcatchers.  My big sister bought me a little one and I placed it above my bed, and it kept me safe (or so I believed). I loved the history of the dreamcatcher and what it represents. Apparently, it is a piece that represents the circle of life and how forces like the sun and moon travel each day and night across the sky. The dream catcher web catches the bad dreams during your sleep and cast off with them when the day arrives. I mean, who doesn’t want one of them above their beds! 

There are many ways to make Dreamcatchers and similarly to our fingerprint, a cobweb or a snowflake, there are no two alike.  That means it is foolproof; the kids can make mistakes and the finished product will be perfectly imperfect! The threading also helps children with coordination, focus and creativity. You can add beads and rhinestones, and for the tassels you don’t need feathers but can find old ribbon and string laying around the house!

METHOD

STEP 1:

Tie one end of the embroidery thread around the top of the dreamcatcher.

STEP 2:

Bring the broidery thread around through the inside of the hoop, over the top of the hoop, and back through the loop just made by the embroidery floss. (See the photos for clarification)

STEP 3:

Continue this motion around the hoop, until you have wrapped it around the hoop 8 times and are back at the top. 

STEP 4:

Do the same thing again around the hoop, but instead of wrapping around the outside of the hoop, you will wrap around the middle of the embroidery floss loop.

STEP 5:

Keep wrapping around and around, pulling a little tighter with each pass around. For anyone feeling crafty and wanting more of a challenge, you can add beads at any point during this process. (Depending on the size of the hole in your beads, you need to use a needle to thread them onto the embroidery floss.)

STEP 6:

Once you have gone around as much as you want, pull the end of the embroidery floss to tighten the web and tie with a secure knot.

STEP 7:

 Grab your thread and ribbons, and pre-threaded beads. Fold in half and place over ring and then thread the ends through the loop to create a larks head knot. Add as many as you’d like onto the dreamcatcher along the bottom.

STEP 8:

Hang your beautiful unique piece above your little ones bed or around the house to ward off bad dreams.

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For more fun dreamcatcher ideas, head over and check out our Pinterest board here!