Are you as obsessed with dreamcatchers as I am? Pom poms, too? I have a serious addiction of adding pom poms to absolutely everything - clothing, bags, baskets, jewellery... and now dreamcatchers! They're easy and inexpensive to make and add instant bohemian charm to any space.
You're going to need:
- A metal or wooden hoop (mine was approx 25cm in diameter, but you may need a bigger or smaller hoop depending on the size of your doily)
- Some calico torn into strips to wrap your hoop, about a meter in total - ribbon or string also look great
- A crochet doily - make your own, purchase online or find at the op shop
- Double sided tape
- Thick, strong thread (like embroidery thread or crochet thread)
- Large needle
- Rope (I used 12 pieces that were 80cm long + a shorter piece to hang my dreamcatcher)
- Pom poms (I used 7, but you may want more or less) you can buy these already made or make your own. I have a tutorial here for using cardboard. Pom makers are great to have, too! They're cheap on eBay.
- Needle and sewing thread
The first thing we need to do is wrap our hoop. If you have a wooden hoop, you may want to skip this step. I think wooden hoops look great with this style of dreamcatcher. I like to wrap my hoops with torn strips of calico as they get a nice, rough edge which adds a little texture. I use double sided tape to secure my calico as I go. Alternatively, you could use glue, but I find glue is messy and fiddly. Wrap all the way around your hoop, secure the very end well with some more tape.
Now it's time to add our doily! Make sure you choose a doily that is small than your hoop. As we stitch it into place, it will stretch significantly so if your doily is too big for your hoop, it will end up flopping around loosely and not be as neat. You can choose a doily that is a lot smaller than your hoop, but then you will have quite a bit of negative space around your doily (which can also look nice, I just like to choose a doily that will stretch nicely to fit the entire hoop).
Cut a looooong piece of embroidery thread/string and tie it with a double knot to your hoop. Leave a little tail - this will help us when tying off after stitching in the doily. Thread your needle.
Begin stitching your doily into place. I do this part kind of loose - I don't worry about pulling it tight until I've stitched the whole thing into place. If your doily is more like a flower or a star with lots of points, just stitch from each point. On a more rounded doily like the one I'm using, I stitch every 2cm or so.
Once you've reached your starting point, don't tie off your string. Go around the hoop, pulling on each stitch to tighten it up to the edge of your hoop.
Once your doily is in place and nice and tight, go ahead and tie your string off to that tail you left at the start. Tie a couple of secure knots here - you don't want this knot to come undone
Decorating this dreamcatcher is super simple, but you could jazz it up with tassels. Tassels and poms are a match made in heaven. I attached 12 pieces of rope using a larks head knot. Just fold your rope in half, stick the loop through your dreamcatcher, and then pull the tail through the loop.
Trim off your ends to a desired length. Alternatively, leave them uneven for an even more relaxed look.
Add a shorter piece of knotted rope the same way as you attached the dangly bits.
Now we need to add pom poms! I had seven, meaning I could place the first one smack bang in the middle and work from there. This is much easier than guessing where your line of poms should start entirely.
I threaded my needle and then stitched all the poms on to the right of this first one and tied off my thread securely.
Then I went ahead and stitched all my poms on to the left.
And voila! You're done!
As always, I love to see your creations! So hit me up if you make this project or any others.
Happy crafting xx