How to Make a Dream Catcher Hoop

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Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video, you will learn from start to finish how to construct a dream catcher hoop: wire-wrapping the frame, coiling faux suede to cover it, and weaving a waxed linen web in the center, with the option to add beads if desired.
Audio Transcript
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hi this is Alexandra with beadaholique to make a dreamcatcher hope you have read this project you will need 16 gauge silver-plated craft wire 3 millimeter microfiber faux suede we're going to use a blue for arts and some great colored wax linen now all these tools make it a little easier but they're really not that necessary we're going to use some heavy gauge wire cutters to go ahead and cut our wire you'll see that I've made two different sizes this is more of a Christmas tree size ornament and more of a window ornament we're going to do this size for the video so it takes about two and a half rounds or three feet of wire for the larger size so I'm going to cut that for the smaller it takes more like a better foot and a half alright so once we figure out the size we want our loop this wire is great because it really keeps its shape actually we're going to take the top portion of about three inches of water and create a 90-degree angle coming off the top and with the other side I'm going to hook the wire around the base and use some pliers to help myself get a grip here and just bend it so that it latches on there I'm gonna do kind of an informal wire rep just to get it get a grip once that's around tighten it a bit and clip and then off the top I'm going to do another full wire wrap just fill that space between and clip again my Eddie cage now so where I can correct turn it up so once I'm satisfied with them shape and size at my wrap in my hoop I'm gonna go over here to my whack it wire hardener this is just two pieces of plastic up together and with the rubber mallet I'm going to tap along the rim of the wire and harden it up just a bit so it keeps its shape hold on just enough to stiffen it a little bit again that's that's optional you don't really have to do that so now I'm ready with my base I'm gonna go ahead and cut my suede for this size I'm going to use about four feet this gets tied at the top of that wrap and coiled all the way around the frame so I've got my 15 inch ruler I'm going to measure by feet or we get this started off either I could take the end about a one-inch tip and clip a little binder clip or I could go ahead and tie it once around which I think I'll do is it started you'll see that my tie is going to cover up that rap a bit so I don't have to worry too much about the aesthetics of our top rap it's functional more than anything alright so now I'm ready to begin my coiling it's a lot of leather too full weather to wield here it gets a little tangled on stuff so I like to just bunch it up in my hand to start and bring it through in a lump the farther we go the easier it'll be to wield it going to create a nice tight wrap all the way around see if I don't keep it bunched it kind of tangles so collect it again here and if it listens you can always correct it that's something you'll want to go back and do anyway as you go there we go and get into a rhythm with it actually not having to pull it through every time it's well if you have enough play along the front end that should work pretty well so I'm going to go all the way around and tie it at the end alright so having finished it off the top portion I'm ready to start the web in the middle I'm going to go ahead and cut five feet of my wax linen and the good to manage it first so what I'll do is once I've tied my simple overhand knot at the top I'll wind the rest together yeah wax linen is great because it tucks back on itself it sticks so it holds shape really well and wind it into a bunch that I'll be able to tuck between my wraps as I wave right so getting a nice tight clothes start is important let me go ahead and pull a length across like so and measure probably about a fifth see up to the hoop so if I come over like so I can tuck it in between the faux leather make sure it's nice and tight hold my tension there and tuck the extra through pull my tension again get a nice grip and I want to make sure I'm going in the same over-under pattern so I'm over now tucking between keeping the tension and looping through it's not quite as tight as I would like so I need to pull and hold there we go another fifth of the length between over under and through you keep my attention over under and through actually count the coils of the swayed around the edge if you want to be real accurate meticulous about this that's what I did for these but for the purpose of the video guide it pretty well there that's the fifth one I'm still going to come around finish that off go ahead and tie off that first layer we have an even starting point for a second one so I've come up to the end of my first round and what I want to do at this point is start to add on the beads these are beads that I know are going to complement what I'm hanging from the bottom when we do our embellishment that's whack slimming is good for stringing beads too because it's stiff and resilient alright I'm going to wind that back up and start my second rotation here and so off of that first one what I do is go just to the middle of my original length and again I'm gonna go over under and through check my tension they're quite tight enough all right I'm gonna add my next beads I left my cord and go over under and through check my tension and so forth I'm going to go around and then I'm going to start in the center of each consecutive row leaving enough room in the middle to add our focal charm so I'll get back with you once I have finished weaving my beads in okay so I've finished my first second and most of my third weaves and I'm going to come around to finish it up now these beads travel loosely on here enough to where you can actually start to separate them out as you weave around you'll notice what I've done is bring the wood away from the glass so it's a fun kind of adventure to discover where you can separate those beads into different segments changes the design in ways you wouldn't expect so it looks like my finishing point is going to be right up there and then from between these two sections is where I'm going to hang my charm so I'm going to leave the right amount of space there with my not leave it bring it up to that section there's a lot of artistic license with these there are very creative ways that you can begin to weave different moons and different styles of weaving a crescent moon like where you just cover a portion a lot of different things to try just let me get this nice and tight attention right there get the extra out you're out where I am grip and pull go ahead and cut this extra walk in my way so just a matter of creating a sturdy simple overhand knot go ahead once and twice at this point I'm ready to add my pretty tierracast snowflake charm what I discovered was that the way that the wool the woven Center ended up was requiring that I get creative on how to have the charm hang centered so what I did to problem-solve so I added a wire up bead and a smaller size jump ring so I'm just going to go ahead and attach that and this way it will hang better than before it's important with dream catchers to leave the center portion open and not weave or bead all the way to this in because the lore of it is that that's where the dream is passed through so there we go now please be sure to see our video on how to embellish a dreamcatcher hoop where we add these beautiful elements along with some of this type of embellishment cord thanks for watching you

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