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How to Make a Woven Dreamcatcher

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1/2 day +

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Technique: Wrapping and Weaving

Step-1

Choose your colours, the orders you want them in as you work from the centre of your cross outwards. Choose the yarn you want to start with, it’s best to work with the whole ball of yarn as you wrap round the cross. 

Hold your dowel rods together, next to each other and with your ball of yarn, tie the yan around them both in the middle with a knot.

Step-2

Turn the sticks so that they are like a cross, adjacent to one another, still tied together in the middle of the cross.

Step-3

You will need to have the yarn in one hand and turn the cross in the other hand, in motion with your wrapping as you go, this will get easier as you keep wrapping and the yarn makes your shape secure. At first, it will look a bit messy but stick with it and your shape with become clear.

Step-4

Start wrapping your yarn around the dowel rods (tuck in the loose end under the moving yarn as you wrap and after a few turns it should be very secure and unseen) there are several ways you can wrap around the cross shape and these will give you different effects.

What is a ‘God’s Eye Weaving’?

The Ojo de Dios or God’s eye is a ritual tool, magical object, and cultural symbol evoking the weaving motif and its spiritual associations for the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians of western Mexico. The God’s Eye is symbolic of the power of seeing and understanding that which is unknown and unknowable, The Mystery. The four points represent the elemental processes: earth, fire, air, and water.

For the Diamond Shape:

Step-1

(With yarns at the front side of the wrap, the yarn wraps over the top of the dowel rod) Wrap the yarn over, back around and over each end of the dowel rod (four times). Your diamond shape will start to build as you repeat the layers.

To Emphasis the Wrapped Dowel Rods

Step-1

(With the yarns at the back side of the wrap, the yarn wraps under the dowel rod) Wrap the yarn under, back around and under each end of the dowel rod (four times). The layers will start to build on your dowel rods.

To Wrap the Rods Individually

Step-1

(With no front or back wraps) Wrap around the rod and tie off when you have reached the point you want to. Repeat on each end of the dowel rods so that they are all wrapped to the same length, you will need to tie on and tie off the yarn for each dowel rod. When you are finished, continue with another technique if desired.

Adding the Tassels

Step-1

Leave some room to add tassels. When ends are all tied off, make and add your tassels to the two side rods and the bottom one. Hang them by yarn through the tassel and round the rod so that they are looped over. Adding a bit of glue here would help keep them in place if you think it is needed.

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