How to Make a Dreamcatcher

I have always loved dreamcatchers and the story behind them ever since I was a little girl. I grew up in a town that had Native American influence and it fueled my imagination.   I am loving the wall hanging trend in the DIY world right now and wanted to try to add a little play on the tradition by combining two hoops.  I choose colors that matched our new rug I bought to decorate our new house we are moving into in a couple of weeks!  ( More on this later.) Check out the steps below to make your own our join us for a craft class in Chicago at One Strange Bird. 

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Materials Needed: Embroidery Hoop or Macram√© Hoop, different colored yarn, scissors 

Step One: Tie your first color on the hoop and wrap it around until you have covered the hoop. (Optional:  feathers and beads) 

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Step Two: Using a contrasting color of yarn, create the dreamcatcher weaving. Take the yarn from behind the hoop over the edge to the front.  Secure it by weaving it through the middle of the loop from the back.  Continue around the edge of hoop by repeating the steps. until you have 6-7 "stitches".  Create the woven pattern by looping your yarn around the middle of each outer "stitch" and pulling it tight. Keep going until the stitches get smaller and tighter in the middle.  Secure and "close" the web by double knotting the yarn in the middle.  Add a bead for a little pop. 

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Step Three: Option: I added an optional outer loop by tying a larger loop onto the smaller inner loop.  I made a decorate pattern with yarn by looping it around both loops  

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Step Four: To add the flourish to the bottom of your dreamcatcher, use a variety of different colors, textures, and lengths of yarn.  I pre-cut my yarn in a variety of lengths.  Attach by creating a loop in the middle of your yarn and then pull the tail of your yarn through the loop. Hang and enjoy!! 

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How To Tuesday: Washi Tape Heart

I am a washi tape addict, so I am always looking for more excuses to buy it.  I fell in love (pun intended) with using it as a design and color element in my art and craft projects.  I love the simplicity and economy of this craft project.  All you need are a couple of items you probably already have on hand:

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A surface (wood, canvas, paper),  a heart stencil or computer print out of an outline of a hear, washi tape, scissors, and Mod Podge

Step One Grab your washi tape (We sell some cute holiday themed tapes!)

Step Two trace around your heart stencil onto a piece of white paper OR print our your heart outline on your printer at home


Step Three TAPE!  Tape your design in a fun pattern making sure to extend the tape slightly beyond your outline

Step Four Cut your design out. 

Step Five Glue your design onto a surface (for mine, I used a wooden panel painted white)

YAY!  Check out our seasonal page to sign up and make art with us or buy the supplies in the shop to make yours at home. Not all Valentine's Crafts have to be pink and red.  Check out my heart of gold.  Nicole