I decided to make a dream catcher a month or so ago. Well, it was actually a project I'd had in my mind for awhile, I just wasn't sure how to execute it. I'd found many inspirations on Pinterest, ranging from traditional to interpretive with vintage doilies. I decided to just go for it and picked up an embroidery hoop from the thrift store for a few dollars and some yarn (I threw away the package, so I need to go back to the store to find out the exact color).
First I wrapped the whole hoop in hemp. It took forever because I wanted it tight so you couldn't see wood through gaps.
Then I went to work on my center piece. I've done very little crocheting in the round. Like, a few hats and some tiny flowers. I did it all by guess-work and figured that once it was stretched on the hoop it would be alright. After a few rounds I wove in two layers of hemp and then crocheted three more. This was the hardest part. I think I took it apart a few times when the hemp was too loose or tight.
I made a whole bunch of stuff to hang from the bottom of my dreamcatcher. I crocheted chains and made braids and tassels from hemp and yarn and strung them through the hemp on the hoop. I wanted to add feathers, but decided even though that's a traditional dreamcatcher feature, they might be overkill on my interpretation.
I added a chain on the top to hang the piece from and it was done! This was one of my favorite projects in a while. It was challenging because I had no idea what I was doing, but I practiced some new skills, took my time, and wound up with something that I love to have hanging on my wall!