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Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers
I’m really diggin the whole hippy thing. And while Craig is quick to correct me on the fact that dream catchers are not hippy-ish, I still think of them that way. Natural, care free, simple. All things I relate to those old hippies. hah. The point of a dream catcher is to weed out bad dreams. Depending on who you talk to, there will be two different stories on how this happens. This is not a traditional Native- American dream catcher. What I used: Embroidery Hoop Yarn (or twine, hemp… whatever you have on hand) Beads Feathers Thread Felt Hot Glue Gun Want to make one too?? Grab your embroidery hoop, leave it as is, or wrap it up like I did. Take your webbing yarn and form a loop at the top, this will be where you dreamcatcher hangs from. The webbing is the same stitch through out. Pull tight and repeat. For your second (and every other row), use the same stitch, but instead of going over the hoop, go through the string: Keep going until the hole in the middle is to your liking.

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Natural Dreamcatcher Jessica Seaton's workshop is organized chaos– bones, feathers, beads and string wait patiently on a wooden table for her sculptor's touch. It's here that she crafts the hand made dreamcatchers elegantly scattered across the back wall of her Santa Monica store, Beau + Aero (which she runs with partner Baelyn Elspeth). "Dream catchers are a sacred part of Native American culture that I always like to pay homage to and set an intention with my creation," Jessica says. Here, she teaches us how to make our own: What You'll Need:-Freshly cut pliable branch -String -Scissors -Feathers How to Make it:1.

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Heartland Paper: Handmade Chandelier's on Studio 5 Swarming Butterfly Chandelier Ingredients you will need: Butterfly punch, die-cut or Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter for cutting images (We used the Silhouette to cut a 2 ½” butterfly.)- this is also a QuicKutz die that can be used in your Revolution or Cuttlebug. Paper in desired colors- you will need enough paper to cut 136 images (we used white cardstock and clear vellum for our butterflies) 14” metal ring- you can use a metal wreath base or even a large embroidery hoop

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