How to Make a Beaded Dreamcatcher

Games/Toy/ Hobbies - Crafts

By: duckletshut     04-Apr-2011

Introduction:

This project would be for beginner to intermediate. The webbing in the dreamcatcher would be completed already, this list is just for the beading that goes around the hoop.

Dreamcatcher Ring/Hoop

You need a small dreamcatcher ring, a metal ring about 2-3" in diameter. You could buy these at craft stores or dollar stores. They come in gold or silver color.

Seed Beads

Sz 10 seed beads are used. Leaving a 4-inch tail, tie a knot onto the ring and thread 7 beads for your first row, and another 7 beads that will be your second row. Loop your thread over the ring and pass your needle through the last 7 rows holding your 1st row of beads with your index finger. You'll now have two rows standing up.

Continue Adding Rows of Beads.

Continue adding rows of 7 beads all along the dreamcatcher ring. You can have one color only to make things simple, or you could have two colors and a simple pattern. I use a triangle pattern mainly, I also use an eagle feather pattern because I make native crafts.

Tying Knots and Adding New Thread.

When tying knots, tie your knot into the row of beads and slip the thread to a few more beads and cut your thread. That way your knot will not be showing in your work. Make sure that the thread you're working with is long enough when you start, approx 1 ft. of thread, but if you do need to add more thread which often happens, again try to tie a knot inside your beading row so it won't show, but even if you tie a knot at the bottom of a row, its barely noticeable.

Adding a Beaded Loop.

You don't have to add fringe to your dreamcatcher you can leave it as is, but I usually make a small loop on the top of the dreamcatcher so that it's attachable. Thread a row and tie a knot at the bottom of the row, attaching it to the thread that's already looped. Bead through the row and come up at the top of the row and add enough beads to make a loop that will meet up with an adjacent row. Bead through the middle of the row, knot your thread and go through a few more beads and cut your thread. You can attach a piece of sinew through the loop for hanging.




Final Thoughts

I didn't have room to discuss the beaded fringe or the webbing. Maybe I'll make another list about other aspects of the beaded dreamcatcher in the future. Dreamcatchers are a part of native culture, they were hung onto a baby's cradleboard to ward off bad dreams.


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