How to make your own DREAMCATCHER
All supplies can be found at any arts and crafts store.
Wooden Embroidery Hoop (3" size or larger)
Yarn, hemp, or string approximately 2 yards for 3" hoop
Suede (approx. 2 yards for a 3" hoop)
Feathers and beads.
Beginning with the hoop, wrap the suede around the hoop so that none of the hoop is visible. Don't pull too hard on the suede as it will break, but keep it snug. When the entire hoop is covered, join the end piece with the beginning piece with an overhand knot. Cut off the ends of the suede and reserve the extra lace for later.
The next step is to make the web, but first you must decide what sort of pattern you want. The web is created by making a series of segments with the yarn (hemp or string) around the hoop. Then subdividing these segments repeatedly until the center hole in the web is of the desired diameter. The more segments you make on the first pass, the more complicated your web will be and the larger you will make the center hole. Also, if you don't evenly position the segments around the hoop, the web will seem to drift off to one side and the final center hole will not be in the center of the hoop. Secure one end of the yarn to the hoop with a knot next to the knot of the suede. Pull the yarn tight so that it slips between the strips of leather and becomes "invisible". Move around the hoop a precalculated distance and wrap the yarn around the hoop using a half hitch knot (about 3/4" for 3" hoop). Repeat until you are at the first segment again. Once at the beginning again, instead of wrapping the yarn around the hoop, wrap it around the center of the segment of yarn. Repeat as desired to complete the web. With the last half hitch made, make another half hitch to secure the knot. Be sure that you are pulling the yarn snug. As you move further into the center, the yarn will become even tighter. At various positions on the web you may want to string a bead on to the yarn.
With some of the remaining strips of suede, loop the it around the side of the dream catcher and cut them off so that it hangs down below the hoop and has pointed ends. Slide a bead onto the two dangling strips of suede. Push the bead up next to the hoop to secure the strips of suede. Other beads also be added. Beads may be added to the individual hanging strips and feathers can be pushed up under the beads. Some glue may be needed to make sure the feathers stay in place.
How to make your own HEMP NECKLACE
The square knot weave: (for a flat weave necklace)
9) Take the left weaving cord and cross it over the holding cords, then under the right weaving cord.
10) Then take the right weaving cord and cross it behind the holding cords and bring it through the loop toward you. This is the first half of the square knot. Pull it tight toward the top of the clipboard.
11) Now, do the same things in the opposite direction.Take the right weaving cord and cross it over the holding cords, and under the left weaving cord.
12) Then take the left weaving cord and
cross it behind the holding cords and bring it through the loop
toward you. Now you have a full square knot. Pull it tight again.
13) Keep repeating this process to make a series of square knots, pulling each one tight, and you are doing macrame!
14) When you have made enough knots so the necklace is the length you wanted, slide a bead over all 4 cords and tie a knot at the end of the bead. Put a couple drops of super glue on the end knot to hold it.
15) Now you have a necklace with a loop at one end, and a bead at the other. Just put it around your neck and push the bead through the loop and...POOF! You are done! (Just don't forget to let the glue dry completely!)
Or you can use any kind of clasp or hook at one end, and a small metal ring at the other instead like this:
For a spiral/twisted weave:
Repeat the same steps as above, except instead of starting the knot from the opposite direction each time, keep starting each new knot from the same side, and the weave will automatically take on a natural twist! Here are a couple examples of what your finished weave should look like:
Remember to pull your knots to the same tightness so your weave comes out consistently straight.
For a necklace with beads in the middle: Repeat the same steps as usual (either flat or spiral) but when you get half way through the length of the necklace, slide your bead over all 4 cords so it falls in the center of the necklace, and continue to weave (see photo above).
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