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Doily Dream Catcher

Easily transform secondhand findings into a modern dream catcher.

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Knot — But Do Not Cut — Ends

Leave tied-off ends loose and do not trim. Keep your web as tight as you can, like the skin of a drum. I also left all ties with two loose ends dangling. These ties are what secures the adornments you will add in the final stage of the project. Remember to keep that web taut!

Tips on creating a seamless look:

  • - Use yarn with mixed fibers of a similar tone to make it easier to match that of your thrifted doily
  • - Consider dyeing your doily to match the yarn, or immerse the finished product in a dye bath before adding embellishments. If doing this, be sure that you are using natural fibers of similar content. Synthetics require special acid dyes and heat methods, so stick to natural cold water baths if possible.
  • - Scout doilies which are lacy, unstarched and on the thin side. Thicker, stiff doilies will not give you the stretched effect, as they won’t expand or contort into a natural web-like shape.

  • Embellish

    Finally, once all loose areas have been pulled and tied tightly, your web will be tight and ready to decorate. Using a lace crocheted doily like this one provided me with an instantly intricate design that would have been beyond my capabilities. Using similar fibers and colors, the doily blends almost seamlessly into the project. Adorn your piece with tassels, feathers, stones, gems, trinkets, shells, fabric, and any special object that gives you a feeling of peace. Hang and enjoy!

    Courtesy of Etsy.com and ILoveLune

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