We love these chic crochet dream catchers by Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts, and she’s kindly offered to share a few tips and tricks with us! Thanks so much Toni!
Hello, my dears! I’m Toni Lipsey, the TL in TL Yarn Crafts, and I’m here to show you that a little crochet know-how can go a long way for your home décor. My inner hippie is so glad to see that fiber-based wall hangings are back in vogue. I’ve been dazzled by the community of artists who combine such luscious materials into true works of art. I’m a crocheter at heart, and was looking for a way to combine my craft with the art of manipulating fiber. Thus, at the start of Summer 2015, TLYC dream catchers came to be. Each dream catcher is unique, but there are a few simple steps you can follow to make one that fits your style.
What You’ll Need:
- The inside ring of an embroidery hoop. Mine is 9 inches.
- Light weight cotton yarn. I used Bernat Cotton-ish in Cotton Ball.
- Light weight fabric
- Assorted beads*. I went with a bit of sea glass, some wood accent beads, and some covered beads.
- Bulky roving yarn*
- Lace*, cut into long strips
- Other supplies not pictured: 3.5mm crochet hook, darning needle, hot glue gun, embroidery floss.
*When it comes to picking the supplies to adorn your dream catcher, the sky is the limit. These are the things I used, but I’ve also incorporated feathers, silver and gold hoops, drift wood, and raw crystals into my dream catchers. This is your chance to be creative. Anything you can tie to an embroidery hoop can be part of a dream catcher.
Creating the Eye
As I mentioned, I’m an avid crocheter, so I always crochet the eye, or the center, of my dream catcher. This time, I went with this simple doily pattern from Lacy Crochet. This pattern uses very basic crochet stitches (slip stitch, chain, single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet). With a little practice, it’s easy to master. The doily comes out to about 8 inches across. Once it’s all done, smooth it out flat, and set it to the side so you can move onto the hoop.
Decorating the Hoop
Now you’re looking at a naked hoop and thinking “Oh, the possibilities!” Embroidery hoops are rarely pretty, so it’s time to dress it up. Take a look at your supplies and decide what you’d like to wrap your hoop in. You could easily go with twine, yarn, or rope. I like to add a punch of color and tie the whole piece together, so I went with wrapping in in fabric. But how do I get the fabric into strips? I’m soooo glad you asked…
Rip it! That’s right. Don’t let the scissors have all the fun. Snip small cuts into one of the short sides of your fabric (to create long strips), about 1 inch apart and 1 inch deep into the fabric. Then, holding the fabric firmly on either side of the cut, quickly tear it apart. Rip in short bursts (about 10 inches long) to make sure your strips stay even. I ripped 4 strips for my hoop, and a few more to add to my fringe. Next, grab your glue gun. Put a little dab on the inside of the Hoop, and secure one end of your fabric strip to it. Begin wrapping the fabric around the Hoop so that none of the hoop is showing. Continue gluing and wrapping until the full piece is covered.
Adding the Eye
Getting the eye to be dead center of your hoop with even tension can be problematic. Try this trick: using some waste string or twine, temporarily tie the eye to the hoop. Start by tying one point of the doily to the hoop, then tie the point directly opposite it to the hoop. Continue zig-zagging this way until all points are tied to the hoop. Your eye will be center and will have even tension.
Next, pick the material you will ultimately use to secure the eye to the hoop. Thread that material through each point and around the hoop, pulling taught throughout. Tie a knot at the end. Carefully cut away the waste strings and discard them.
Decorating the Fringe
Now it’s time to let your imagination and creativity run wild! I tend to lean toward light, wispy color palettes, with plenty of pinks, powder blues, and mint greens. My method is to start at the center of the bottom of the hoop and begin securing roving yarn, lace, and fabric by folding it in half, pushing the loop of the material from front to back through the hoop, then pulling the ends of the material through the loop and tugging gently. Continue adding material, beads, and feathers as far up the side of the hoop as you please.
And you’re all done! Great work! If you’re more of a buyer than a maker, you can find this and all of my crochet wall hangings in my Etsy shop. You can also find an exclusive special gift just for Fibre Share friends at TLYarnCrafts.com.
xoxo, Toni L.
Thanks Toni for the wonderful tutorial!
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